Government / National Lab Affiliates

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  • have expanded roles and enlarged opportunities in program planning and development within the entire NISS Affiliates Program. 
  • are represented by a Affiliate Liaison selected from applicants nominated from within the affiliate.
  • are encouraged to join the NISS Affiliates Committee to give input, ideas, suggest speakers, moderators, etc. for the planning of NISS events.
  • receives and internally forwards regular announcements of opportunities for Affiliates at NISS. (e.g., guaranteed acceptances to NISS conferences, Parameters Newsletter, Affiliate Updates, event advertisements, etc.).
  • are urged to appoint an Associate Liaison and a Junior Liaison to strengthen the connection to NISS.
  • can request to receive reports documenting participation from their organizations in NISS activities.


  • Joint research projects facilitated on-site at NISS or at the Affiliate institution.
  • Assignment of NISS-Affiliate postdoctoral fellows with NISS mentorship.
  • Access to technical experts.
  • Formation of expert panels to focus on special topics.
  • Tailored short courses that target government / national lab needs.
  • Mentoring of junior government data scientists in special areas.


  • Access to a rich set of colleagues in the statistics / data science fields to connect and network with from industry, government / national labs and academia.
  • Access to activities like workshops and conferences that are planned as regular parts of the NISS Affiliates Program with mechanisms in place to ensure that these are scheduled and implemented.  These include:
    • NISS events for cross-sector networking.
    • Special topics, designed for / by Government, National Lab and Industry Affiliates.
    • Cross-sector conferences and workshops for data scientists.
    • Partnership with NISS to develop training programs in statistical thinking and statistical methods tailored to Affiliate needs and audience (online or on-site).
  • Priority and/or guaranteed acceptances to NISS activities, workshops, conferences, etc. - with express inclusion of new or modified associated privileges for the Affiliates' junior associates, and postdocs.
  • Opportunities, such as the sharing postdoctoral fellows and the planning joint programs with NISS, are highlighted with mechanisms established to implement them.
  • Presence on the NISS website include links to your own web pages, articles that highlight the affiliate, events calendars including co-sponsored Affiliate-hosted conferences.
  • Free advertisement of Affiliate job announcements for open job positions on the NISS website, in Parameters Newsletter and in Affiliates Updates (≈ 8k Parameters audience).
  • Access to the Ingram Olkin Forum (IOF) program for submission of topics focused on a current societal issues that might benefit from new or renewed attention from the statistical community. (see submission details at Call for Ingram Olkin Forum Proposals | National Institute of Statistical Sciences (
  • Access to the Graduate Student Network (GSN) whose goal is to create connections among graduate students from different institutions within the NISS Affiliates Program. Please consider a sponsorship for the Annual NISS GSN Research Conference where the students create their own research conference (email for more details regarding sponsorship).


  • Government / National Lab Affiliates propose and prioritize topics for annual Special Topics workshops.
  • Workshops organized by NISS on topics in Data Science for Leadership from Government / National Lab Affiliates.
  • Workshops on “hot topics” in industry to bring to the attention of the statisticians’ research community.


  • Presentation of a cross-sector technical program.
  • Networking with leading academic and industry statisticians.
  • Program planning of Affiliates’ Special Topics workshops for the year.


  NISS Government / National Lab Affiliates membership fees are due annually on either a Calendar Year (CY) or Fiscal Year (FY) term. 

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  Visit our Become an Affiliate page and fill out the form to let us know you are interested in becoming an affiliate.  Or, contact the NISS office via email at

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