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Michèle Nuijten: Top talent in the field of meta-research wins another big prize

Published: 21st December 2020 Last updated: 22nd June 2021

Michèle Nuijten, meta-researcher at the Department of Methodoly and Statistics, is clearly a top talent in the scientific world. She wins one prize after another. On December 18 she received the Young eScientist Award 2020 from the eScience Center in the amount of € 50,000. Recently she received a Veni grant from NWO and previously she won the Tilburg University Dissertation Prize for the best dissertation of 2018, in which she developed the statcheck tool. An overview.

Michèle Nuijten (Utrecht, 1990), together with colleague Willem Sleegers (dept. Social Psychology), developed statcheck, a 'spell check' for statistics. With this open access tool, researchers extract the statistics reported in a research paper, automatically detecting inconsistencies. However, Statcheck cannot track all errors because it detects the reported statistics in a specific way. Nuijten is now going to further develop statcheck with the Netherlands eScience Center.

Improving statcheck's searching algorithm 

“Nuijten submitted an excellent, concrete and realistic proposal which at the same time poses a tantalizing challenge”, according to the director of the Netherlands eScience Center. “By improving statcheck’s sensitivity in identifying statistical results, the Netherlands eScience Center expects to make a valuable contribution to open science.”

Nuijten: “We are therefore very excited to collaborate with the eScience Center to improve statcheck’s searching algorithm to make it ‘smarter’ in recognizing statistical results so that it can also spot errors in other scientific fields. We are confident that by collaborating with the eScience Center, we can expand statcheck to improve scientific quality on an even larger scale.”

Colleague Willem Sleegers tweeted: "Looking forward to making #statcheck even better together with @MichèleNuijten and the @eScience Center."

Young eScientist Award

The Young eScientist Award is an annual prize awarded by the Netherlands eScience Center to an ambitious early-career researcher with a novel research idea. The prize consists of 50,000 euros worth of expertise. The winner receives support from a team of Research Software Engineers to develop his or her proposal. Winners are selected on the basis of a strong research profile that includes experience in carrying out research on the basis of digital tools and methods, the quality of the research idea and the proposal’s potential of contributing to research beyond the envisaged project itself.

Read more about Michèle Nuijten and her research


Overview of grants and awards, see her CV

Dec 2020: Winner of the Young eScientist Award

Dec 2020: KNAW-webinar: Onstuimig onderzoek: metaperspectieven op coronawetenschap (Dutch)

Dec 2020: New York Times statcheck, a robotic assistant

Dec 2020: Interview with Michèle on her Veni grant: Univers  (Dutch)

Nov 2020: NWO Veni Grant for the 4-Step Robustness Check

Nov 2020: NWO Veni press release

Jan 2019: Teacher of the Year Award

Nov 2018: Tilburg University Dissertation Prize

Mei 2018: Dissertation discussed in: Univers (Dutch)

Nov 2018: Meta-research news

Nov 2017: Video at Society for Personality and Social Psychology on Data Sharing and Open Data

Michele Nuijten