Student Paper Prize

The INFORMS Optimization Society Student Paper Prize, established in 2006 and administered by the Optimization Society of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, is awarded annually at the INFORMS Annual Meeting to one (or more) students for the most outstanding paper in optimization that is submitted to and received, or published in a refereed professional journal no more than three years before the closing date of nomination. The nominee/applicant must be a student on the first of January of the year of application/nomination. The prize serves as an esteemed recognition of promising students who are looking for an academic or industrial career.

The award includes a cash amount of US$1,000 and a citation certificate. The award winner(s) will be invited to give a fifteen-minute presentation in a special session sponsored by the Optimization Society during the INFORMS annual meeting in Houston, TX in October 2017. The winners will be responsible for all travel expenses associated with the presentation of their paper at the INFORMS meeting. Award winners are also asked to contribute an article about their award-winning work to the annual Optimization Society newsletter.

Application process

A complete entry consists of:

  • an electronic PDF copy of the paper;
  • an electronic PDF file of a letter signed by all co-authors attesting that the majority of the work was done by the student(s);
  • an electronic PDF file of a nomination letter attesting that the eligibility conditions have been satisfied by the entrant(s) and the paper.


The author(s) and the paper must satisfy the following conditions to be eligible for the prize:

  • The paper must be published in, or submitted and received by, a refereed professional journal during the three calendar years prior to the year of the award.
  • Every nominee must be a student on the first of January in the year of application/nomination.
  • Any co-author(s) not nominated for the award should send a letter indicating that the majority of the nominated work was performed by the nominee(s).
  • The topic of the paper must belong to the field of optimization in its broadest sense.
  • The prize may be awarded once in a lifetime to any individual.

Nomination Process

Nominations should be submitted to the Chair of the committee, Vineet Goyal, by email at, on or before June 15, 2017.
Other committee members: Kiavash Kianfar, Javier Peña, Ermin Wei.