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INFORMS Undergraduate Operations Research Prize

  • 1.  INFORMS Undergraduate Operations Research Prize

    Posted 05-03-2021 10:37

    The INFORMS Undergraduate Operations Research Prize is currently accepting nominations and submissions! Please see below for the details and share this with anyone you think might be interested in nominating a student (or student group) for the prize. We are looking forward to learning about all the great things undergraduate students have been up to!


    About the Award:

    The Undergraduate Operations Research Prize Competition is held each year to honor a student or groups of students who conducted original and significant theoretical and/or applied research in the field of operations research or management science during their undergraduate enrollments.

    Winner(s) of the competition will share a prize of $500 in addition to receiving travel support to the INFORMS Annual Meeting. All finalists of the competition will be invited to present their research in designated Undergraduate Research Showcase sessions at the INFORMS Annual Meeting.

    Application Deadline: June 30, 2021, 11:59pm EDT

    Application Site:


    Applications must be submitted online and include the following documents:

    1. Article co-authored by the entrant(s):An original research paper from the entrants' project or work (no need to be published) presenting the problem, methods used and results reached. One or more faculty, and doctoral student(s) or post-doctoral advisor(s) may appear as co-authors of the article, but the first author must be the entrant(s) as they must have made substantial contribution to the project and to the writing of the paper with only minor editorial assistance.
    2. Reference letter: A brief letter (not exceeding two-pages) by the entrants' research advisor or another faculty member familiar with the entrants' work confirming the entrants' eligibility and detailing their contribution to the research. To encourage submissions involving multidisciplinary research, the faculty advisor need not be an INFORMS member.


    Eligibility Requirements:

    An entrant to the competition is defined as any co-authors of the submitted article who were enrolled as undergraduate students for at least one academic term between June 15, 2020 and June 15, 2021, and the following eligibility criteria must be met by the entrants and their submitted articles.

    • The research must have been conducted during the entrants' undergraduate enrollment(s).
    • An entrant can be a co-author in at most one paper submitted to this year's competition.
    • The article must not be awarded by a prize in a previous year of this competition.

      Submitted articles must also satisfy the following formatting requirements:

      • All pages except references must be typed at double spaced with an 11 point or larger fonts, and 1 inch or wider margins from left, right, top, and bottom.
      • The article must not exceed 25 pages including bibliography, appendices, figures, and any supplementary sections.
      • All pages of the article except references should contain no more than 35 lines of text and the abstract should not exceed 100 words (the abstracts will be used in the program for the Undergraduate Research Showcase session of the INFORMS Annual Meeting).

      The criteria for review will be based on the significance of the work, creative and novel use of modeling and/or solution methodology using operations research techniques, promise of the research for future work in the field of operations research and the quality of the writing of the article in terms of its coherency and the clarity of exposition. The work may be building a different modeling approach to an established problem or providing a new insight into an emerging or important problem. Demonstration of substantial value for project sponsors (if there is any) is also a plus in evaluation.

      All applicants should expect to be notified with the results of the competition by August 31, 2021.

      Kayse Lee Maass
      Assistant Professor
      Northeastern University
      Boston, MA