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OR/MS Tomorrow Mini Poster Competition

  • 1.  OR/MS Tomorrow Mini Poster Competition

    Posted 15 days ago
    Edited by Scharan Johnson 13 days ago

    OR/MS Tomorrow announces its first-ever Student Mini Poster Competition! 

    The ability to summarize and articulate research ideas effectively and efficiently is vitally important. To nurture student researchers in developing these skills, OR/MS Tomorrow is running our very first mini-poster competition with generous support from the Seth Bonder Foundation!

    The competition is open to all students, including current INFORMS members and non-members. Candidates are required to design one letter-sized or A4 page to communicate their research topic to the broader audience in the OR/MS community. We accept submissions in three groups: undergraduate students, graduate students (master), and PhD students. Two winners will be chosen from each group based on the novelty of the topic, maturity of content, quality of information engagement and aesthetics. In addition to cash prizes, the winning posters will be published in the Fall/Winter 2020 issue of OR/MS Tomorrow and the winners will receive an electronic certificate in celebration of their achievements.

    Deadline: October 30, 2020.

    Submission requirements:

    • The mini-poster must be original.
    • The author must be a student at the time of submission. For undergraduate students, author can enter as an individual or a team with a maximum of 5 students. For master and PhD students, we accept only one author per poster. Please provide a letter from your advisor or a certificate of current enrollment to indicate your enrollment as an undergraduate/master/PhD student.
    • The poster must be submitted as a PDF file, the minimum font size is 12 pt.
    • Judging is blind, so the author must NOT include their name, address, email address, or other identifying information on the poster.
    • The mini-posters should be submitted via email to by11:59pm on October 30, 2020.
    • Please specify in the email if you are entering the undergraduate, graduate (master), or PhD students level competition.


    • The First place winner in each group will receive $200 in cash.
    • The Second place winner in each group will receive $100 in cash.
    • Honourable mention in each group will receive $50 in cash.
    • Non-INFORMS members winners will receive a free one-year INFORMS student membership.

    For undergraduate students entering the competition as a team, the cash prize will be divided among all members in the team. If you have any questions about the competition, feel free to reach out to

    Jessica Leung
    PhD Student in Business Analytics
    Co-lead editor, OR/MS Tomorrow at INFORMS
    Lecturer/Unit Coordinator
    Discipline of Business Analytics | Business School