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Schwartz Prize

In memory of Dr. Lorraine Schwartz, Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics from 1960-1965, her friends and colleagues established this prize in 1966. It is awarded annually for distinctions in the fields of statistics and probability to an undergraduate or graduate student upon the recommendation of the Departments of Mathematics and Statistics.

Dr. Schwartz received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, in1960, working with Professor Lucien Le Cam, with a thesis entitled "Consistency of Bayes' Procedures".   She then took a position at UBC where she remained until her untimely death.  However even in her brief career, she made seminal contributions to her field in published research papers that are still cited today.  Her publication list includes the following journal articles.

  • Schwartz, L and Wearden, S.  (1959).  A distribution-free asymptotic method of estimating, testing and setting confidence limits for heritability.   Biometrics 15: 227-235.
  • LeCam, L. and Schwartz, L.  (1960).  A necessary and sufficient condition for the existence of consistent estimates.  Annals of Mathematical Statistics 31: 140-150.
  • Brieman, L, Schwartz, L, and LeCam, L.  (1964).  Consistent estimates and zero-one sets.  Annals of Mathematical Statistics 35: 157-161.
  • Schwartz, L.  (1964).  On consistency of Bayes procedures.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 52:  46-49.
  • Schwartz, L (1965).  On Bayes procedures.  Probability Theory and Related Fields 4: 10-26.

This award is usually announced in May Year+1.


Recipient's Name Year Recipient's Category Program News Item
Pascal Tomecek 2002 Undergraduate
Timothy Chan 2001 Undergraduate
Joel Kenneth Erickson 2000 Undergraduate
Joel Erickson 1999 Undergraduate
Jeffrey Hawkins 1998 Undergraduate
Michael Kozdron 1997 Undergraduate
Matías Salibián-Barrera 1996 Graduate
Miguel Lopez 1995 Graduate
Jason Cross 1994 Undergraduate
Jason Herbert 1991 Undergraduate
Paul Gustafson 1990 Undergraduate
Roger Tribe 1989 Graduate
Bing Li 1988 Graduate
Lisa Kan 1987 Graduate
Nhu Le 1986 Graduate
Bijan Zangeneh 1985 Graduate
Helene Crepeau 1984 Graduate
Mark Reimers 1984 Graduate
Michael Ward 1983 Undergraduate
Thomas Salisbury 1982 Graduate