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Paul Meier, PhD Scholars Award established by Joan, Diane and Karen Meier in honor of their father's legacy

The University of Chicago’s Department of Public Health Sciences is thrilled to announce an exciting new award: the Paul Meier, PhD Scholars Award. Established by Joan, Diane, and Karen Meier in honor of their father’s legacy, the Paul Meier, PhD Scholars Award will be awarded each year to a doctoral candidate in the Department of Public Health Sciences to support research, travel, and expenses related to their dissertation and scholarship.

During his career, Professor Meier changed the way hospitals, medical centers, and organizations approach and conduct clinical trials all over the world. While his name is best known for the Kaplan-Meier estimator, a method to estimate survival rates from incomplete data, in many ways it was his support and endorsement of the randomized controlled trial (RCT) that was his greatest contribution to science.

Keeping with the spirit of excellence which Professor Meier lived by, the Paul Meier, PhD Scholars Award will be an important academic distinction for our students, helping them advance their work and become competitive candidates for other grants and future employment. Supportlike this generous gift from the Meier family is essential to propelling innovative work in biostatistical, epidemiologic, and clinical research, and will be instrumental for the department in attracting and nurturing the very best students.

This gift is a fitting tribute to Professor Meier’s legacy, and a testament to the impact he had on the field and in the development of statistical methods for biomedical research. Please join me in celebrating this commitment and thanking the Meier family.