Jeremy Taylor Outstanding Research Mentor Award

Jeremy Taylor Outstanding Research Mentor

History of the Award

The award was established in 2023 to honor an outstanding statistical scientist who has a strong track record of mentoring doctoral and postdoctoral scholars and well-known for collaborating with early career scientists. The award was created to celebrate the legacy and work of Professor Jeremy Taylor. This award recognizes Professor Taylor's extraordinary contribution to the department of Biostatistics at the University of Michigan and to the broader profession of statistics, particularly through growing the careers of next generation statistical scientists. Professor Taylor has led a training program in Cancer Biostatistics for more than 20 years, has mentored 41 doctoral students and 12 postdoctoral students. He has been central to the growth of many junior colleagues in the department and beyond by involving them in exciting research problems, and by writing papers and grants together. His enthusiasm for elegant and impactful statistical research, embedded in deep domain science, has been inspirational to many. His contagious enthusiasm for research collaboration and commitment to mentoring has transformed the careers and trajectories of many of his students and colleagues.

Nomination and Selection Process

This award is given every other year. Biostatistics faculty nominate and vote on a slate of candidates who are dedicated and generous mentors, excellent statistical scientists, and whose scholarly career best embodies Professor Taylor’s commitment to early career statisticians. The selection process is completely internal to the department. The award comes with a $1,000 honorarium, a plaque, and a visit to Ann Arbor to present a lecture in the Fall and interact with the department community, particularly with early career scientists.

2023: Professor Ray Carroll, PhD

Professor Sylvia Richardson, PhD

Distinguished Professor of Statistics, Nutrition and Toxicology; Director of Institute for Applied Mathematics and Computational Science; Founding Director of Center for Statistical Bioinformatics, Texas A&M University

Dr. Carroll will be visiting the University of Michigan Department of Biostatistics Nov. 8-10. Dr. Carroll will be delivering a lecture as the inaugural 2023 recipient of the Jeremy Taylor Outstanding Research Mentor Award on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 3:30pm with a reception to follow at 5:00pm. He will also hold meetings with the department community during his visit.