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Stéphanie van der Pas receives Willem R. van Zwet Award

On 29 March Stéphanie van der Pas receives the Willem R. van Zwet Award during the Annual Meeting of the Netherlands Society of Statistics and Operations Research.

Mathematical and applied statistics

Leiden mathematician Van der Pas receives the award for her thesis Topics in mathematical and applied statistics, which she successfully defended on 28 February 2017 under the supervision of Aad van der Vaart. Her thesis is composed of papers on four topics: Bayesian theory for the sparse normal means problem, specifically for the horseshoe prior, Bayesian theory for community detection, nested model selection, and the application of competing risk methods in the presence of time-dependent clustering.


The Willem R. van Zwet Award is annually bestowed on an excellent Ph.D. in statistics or operations research, obtained at a Dutch university. The prize consists of a certificate and €1000. Previously, Van der Pas won the ASML Graduation Prize Mathematics (2013), the Leiden University master thesis prize (2014) and the C.J. Kok Jury Award for best PhD thesis (2017). She is currently an assistant professor at the Mathematical Institute and Leiden University Medical Center.