ASA Dissertation Research Award


2021 Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Competition sponsored by the American Statistical Association Section on Marketing; Deadline 15 Dec 2022


Author: Alan Montgomery

American Statistical Association Section on Statistics in Marketing is pleased to announce our annual Doctoral Dissertation Research Award. The competition is open to qualified doctoral students worldwide whose dissertation research is at the intersection of marketing and statistical methods.  Doctoral students should submit a research paper that is based upon their dissertation.

The American Statistical Association Section on Marketing Committee will appoint an award committee to judge submissions on their potential contribution to the application of statistics in marketing.  This contribution may be theoretical, methodological, or substantive in nature.  Important factors in assessing the research will be the quality of the conceptual development, creativity, rigor, and clarity of the paper. Finalists will be notified in January 2023.

Submissions must be received no later than December 15, 2022 (5pmEST). The recipient of the award will receive a cash prize of $1,000 and a plaque.  Additionally, finalists for the prize will receive a cash prize of $250.  All finalists will be invited to present their research paper at the 2023 Joint Statistical Meetings (one of the largest statistical conferences in the world) in a session sponsored by the Section on Statistics in Marketing.  The meetings will take place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada from August 5-10, 2023. All submissions must be submitted through this portal:

Please feel free to reach out to Prof. Alan Montgomery <> if you have any questions regarding this submission.

Previous recipients of the Marketing Doctoral Research Award from the American Statistical Association’s Section on Statistics in Marketing include:

  • Hortense Fong (2022), “A Theory-Based Interpretable Deep Learning Architecture for Music Emotion”
  • Jeremy Yang (2021), “Targeting for Long-Term Outcomes”
  • Min Kim (2020), “Discovering Online Shopping Preference Structures in Large and Frequently Changing Assortments.”
  • Omid Rafieian (2020), “Adaptive Ad Sequencing.”
  • Liu Liu (2018), “Visual Listening in: Extract Brand Image Portrayed in Social Media”
  • Ryan Dew (2018) “Gaussian Processes for Customer Purchasing Dynamics”

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Students should be doctoral candidates at an accredited university to receive the degree of PhD in marketing, statistics, or related fields (e.g., psychology, economics, management, strategy, etc.).
  • Students should expect to graduate between September 2022 and August 2023. Participation in other grant or award programs does not preclude consideration for this award.
  • Finalists are expected to present their research at JSM 2023, which requires students to be student members of ASA ($25 registration fee, and register and attend the JSM conference.

Instructions for Submission:  

The applicant should submit three separate PDF documents:

  • A title page that includes identifying information with title of the research paper, applicant name, email address, and school.
  • A research paper that is at most 30 double-spaced pages (inclusive of all tables/exhibits and references). The first page should have a title and a brief, self-contained summary of the proposal. For blind reviewing purposes, please remove any identifying information (name, school, etc.) from this file. Only one research paper may be submitted.

A letter (or printed copy of an email) from Ph.D. advisor certifying the applicant’s current Ph.D. candidacy status, that the submitted research paper is based upon their dissertation, and that the student is expected to graduate by August 2023.  Neither a recommendation letter nor evaluation of the student’s work is needed.