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Nomination Now Open for 2021 Student Paper Prize of the INFORMS Optimization Society

  • 1.  Nomination Now Open for 2021 Student Paper Prize of the INFORMS Optimization Society

    Posted 05-07-2021 01:30
    Edited by Andy Sun 05-14-2021 13:13

    Dear colleagues,

    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 within the three calendar years preceding the year of the award. The nominee/applicant must be a student on the first day 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$3,000 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. 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 Optimization Society newsletter.

    Prize Website:


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

    1. 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.
    2. Every nominee must be a student on January 1 in the year of application/nomination.
    3. 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).
    4. The topic of the paper must belong to the field of optimization in its broadest sense.
    5. The prize may be awarded once in a lifetime to any individual.

    Application process

    A complete entry consists of a single PDF file containing:

    1. A copy of the paper;
    2. A letter signed by all co-authors attesting that the majority of the work was done by the student(s);
    3. A nomination letter attesting that the eligibility conditions have been satisfied by the entrant(s) and the paper
    4. Fill out the nomination form:
    Nomination packages should be emailed to the chair ( of the prize committee by 11:59 pm EDT, June 15, 2021. 

    The committee members for the 2021 INFORMS Optimization Society Student Paper Prize are:

    Ruth Misener (chair), Paul Grigas, Robert Hildebrand, Weijun Xie.

    Andy Sun
    McKenney Family Associate Professor
    H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering
    Georgia Institute of Technology
    Atlanta GA, USA