Worsley Award

2022 Recipient: Matt Edwards

Gravitational wave observations are transforming our understanding of the universe. This has been made possible through the advancement of state-of-the-art statistical methods. Matt develops novel Bayesian methods and deep neural networks to uncover the mysteries of the universe.

This award recognizes outstanding recent published research from a New Zealand statistician in the early stages of their career.

Next Round

  • Next round opens: Thursday 10 August 2023
  • Next round closes: Sunday 15 October 2023

Nominations should be sent to the Convenor of the NZSA Awards Committee, by email at vanessa.cave@auckland.ac.nz.

Award Details


This award recognizes outstanding recent published research from a New Zealand statistician in the early stages of their career. The criteria for eligibility are the same as for the Marsden Fund Fast-Start grants. Essentially, this means applicants must be within seven years of confirmation of PhD, or their highest completed degree for an applicant without a PhD. Candidates will have completed the majority of this research within New Zealand, and will be financial members of the Association. Previous winners are ineligible for nomination.


Nominations can be made by individuals or groups of individuals. Nominators may be non-NZSA members. Nominations will be assessed by the NZSA Awards Committee, and should include the following:

  • name, affiliation and contact details of nominator;
  • name and affiliation of candidate;
  • the candidate’s best three papers and a two-page CV. The papers must have been peer-reviewed, and be published or in press. In cases of joint authorship, a clear statement of the contribution of the candidate should be made.
  • names of two persons willing to act as referees;
  • and a citation, of maximum 40 words, summarizing the statistical research underlying the application.


The Worsley Early Career Research Award was established in 2013, in commemoration of Keith Worsley. Keith Worsley was one of the world’s leaders in the field of brain mapping. After completing his PhD at the University of Auckland in 1978, Keith spent most of his professional life at McGill University in Montreal. There, in collaboration with colleagues in the McConnell Brain Imaging Centre at the Montreal Neurological Institute, he made many fundamental contributions to the statistical analysis of functional and structural brain imaging data. He was an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a

Canadian Statistical Society Gold Medallist.




If you have any queries about making a nomination/application for this award please email the Convenor of the NZSA Awards Committee.


YearRecipients of the NZSA Worsley Award 
2022Matt Edwards
2021Charlotte Jones-Todd
2019Varvara Vetrova
2018Claudia Rivera-Roidriguez
2017Ben StevensonNewsletter 80
2016Yalu Wen
2015Blair Robertson
2014Tilman Davies
2013Ting Wang