Annual Awards

The Mindel C. Sheps Award

Jointly sponsored by PAA and the University of North Carolina School of Public Health, this award is given biennially for outstanding contributions to mathematical demography or demographic methodology. Individuals may be nominated on the basis of important contributions to knowledge either in the form of a single piece of work or a continuing record of high accomplishment. Nominees should exemplify the highest standards of professional conduct.

The award consists of a cash prize and a plaque. 

Nominations Now Open

Nominations should include a description of the candidate’s contributions and a copy of the nominee’s vita. Nominations can be submitted in PDF format via email to by January 31, 2024. The Mindel C. Sheps Award Committee (members TBA) selects the recipient of the award.

2022 Mindel C. Sheps Award Winner

Adrian E. Raftery
University of Washington

Past Award Recipients

  • 2020: Frans Willekens
  • 2018: Andrei Rogers
  • 2016: Wolfgang Lutz
  • 2014: Hal Caswell
  • 2012: Anatoliy I. Yashin
  • 2010: Kenneth H. Hill
  • 2008: James W. Vaupel
  • 2006: Samuel H. Preston
  • 2004: Robert Schoen
  • 2002: Robert J. Willis
  • 2000: Robert A. Pollak
  • 1998: Leslie Kish
  • 1996: Shripad Tuljapurkar
  • 1994: Burton Singer
  • 1992: Joel E. Cohen
  • 1990: Kenneth Manton
  • 1988: Kenneth Wachter
  • 1986: John Bongaarts
  • 1984: Ronald Demos Lee
  • 1982: Jane Menken
  • 1980: Robert J. Potter, Jr.
  • 1978: William Brass
  • 1976: Nathan Keyfitz
  • 1974: Ansley J. Coale

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