Materials for Bryan Shepherd

Important Components of ASA Nomination Guidelines for Letters of Support | ASA Fellows Home Page

  • Letters of support are generally the most important input to the committee's assessment. Nominators need to obtain 4 convincing letters of support for the nomination from qualified individuals.
  • To be effective, a letter should describe the nominee's specific accomplishments, and their impact, based on the writer's personal knowledge. Letters should support the principal points made in the nominatorís narrative recommendation, or other points with which the nominator is not familiar. To be most helpful to the Committee, statements asserting the importance of a particular accomplishment or piece of work should include an informative explanation of why it is influential.
  • It is beneficial to demonstrate that the statistical contributions have been influential (not just responsive and useful) and can make a persuasive explanation for their judgment.
  • The most effective letters of support are direct, but specific. Assertions about the importance of a particular accomplishment should be accompanied by evidence of its impact, where possible. On the other hand, overly expansive discussions tend to detract from the persuasiveness of a letter. In any case, each letter of support is limited to two pages with 12pt font.
  • Document leadership, accomplishments, innovations, what is new or has improved something in the world or changed the practice of statistics, and if occupied an administrative position what did the candidate achieve in that role
  • The supporting statement and CV may be retrieved from the bottom of this web page.
  • The Supporting Statement will be very helpful to you in writing your letter.
  • Address the heading of the support letter to Committee on Fellows, American Statistical Association. Do not include a mailing address in the addressee field.
  • Letters of Support should be sent to the Nominator who is responsible for including the support letters in the nomination package
    • Supporting letters are submitted electronically by the nominator, as pdf attachments containing your letterhead. The preferred approach is to e-mail a signed pdf attachment to
    • Otherwise, please send a scannable hard copy to
      Yu Shyr
      Chairperson, Department of Biostatistics
      Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
      2525 West End Ave Ste 1100
      Nashville TN 37203-1738
      Phone: (615)322.2001
    • Please send by 16 Feb 2018 at the very latest
    • Example letters of support
  • Important! Do Not mail/send a support letter to ASA independently of the nomination package. Supporting letters that are received at the ASA office independently of the nomination package are not guaranteed to be reviewed by the Committee on Fellows.

Draft Citation

Bryan Shepherd, Professor of Biostatistics, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine: For excellence as a teacher and mentor, a leading researcher in causal inference, biostatistical methods in epidemiology. and ordinal regression, and for leading biostatistical efforts in numerous areas of medical and epidemiologic research, particularly in HIV and other infectious disease research, and for service to the profession.
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SupportingStatement.pdfpdf SupportingStatement.pdf manage 95.5 K 14 Jan 2018 - 14:03 FrankHarrell  
cv.pdfpdf cv.pdf manage 149.1 K 14 Jan 2018 - 14:03 FrankHarrell Bryan Shepherd CV
key-references.pdfpdf key-references.pdf manage 19.0 K 14 Jan 2018 - 14:04 FrankHarrell  
Topic revision: r2 - 14 Jan 2018, FrankHarrell

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