Each year in the fall, the Department of Statistics awards talented graduate students for the Z.W. Birnbaum award and the Dorothy M. Gilford teaching award. The Z.W. Birnbaum award recognizes the graduate students who give the outstanding general exams, while the Dorothy M. Gilford teaching award recognizes outstanding performances by a graduate teaching assistants during the past year. 

We are proud to announce that the recipients of the 2019-2020 Z.W. Birnbaum award and Dorothy M. Gilford teaching award go to following graduate students. 

2019-2020 Z.W. Birnbaum award recipients: 

Dorothy M. Gilford teaching award recipients: 

About Z.W. Birnbaum and Dorothy M. Gilford and the awards honoring them: 

The Z.W. Birnbaum award was established in 1986 in honor and recognition of Dr. Zygmunt Wilhelm Birnbaum. He was a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Washington in 1939 and was later named a Distinguished Emeritus Professor when he retired. He was statistician and mathematician who contributed to functional analysis, nonparametric testing and estimation, probability inequalities, survival distributions, competing risks, and reliability theory. Birnbaum passed away in 2000, leaving a generous bequest to the Department of Statistics at the University of Washington. 

The Dorothy M. Gilford teaching award was established in 1992 in honor and recognition of Dr. Dorothy Morrow Gilford. She was a statistician who headed the Division of Mathematical Sciences at the Office of Naval Research, the National Center for Education Statistics, and the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences. Gilford passed away in 2014, leaving a generous bequest to the Department of Statistics at the University of Washington.