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REMINDER: 2019 CBOM Junior Scholar Paper Competition

  • 1.  REMINDER: 2019 CBOM Junior Scholar Paper Competition

    Posted 02-08-2019 13:35

    The POMS College of Behavior in Operations Management (CBOM) invites submissions to the 2019 CBOM Junior Scholar Paper Competition. We welcome papers in the domain of behavioral operations management.

    The first prize in the Junior Scholar Paper Competition is recognized with a plaque and accompanied by a $500 honorarium. The runner-up prize is recognized with a plaque and accompanied by a $300 honorarium. The honorable mention is recognized with a plaque. The winners will be announced at the 2019 POMS Annual Conference in Washington, DC.

    In addition, the finalists of the junior scholar paper competition and the papers selected for the presentation at the awards session will be considered for travel grants of up to $500 per paper.

    Eligibility Conditions

    There are four conditions for eligibility for the Junior Scholar Paper Competition:

    1. To be considered for the Junior Scholar Competition, the entrant must have completed PhD on or after Jan 1, 2017 or be a student currently enrolled in a PhD program.
    2. The submitted paper must present original research conducted primarily by the junior scholar entrant. Some assistance by other individuals (such as the student's faculty advisor) is permitted, however the entrant's primary research advisor must certify that the junior scholar's share of contribution to the paper exceeds 50%.
    3. Entrant must be a member of the CBOM College of POMS on the date of submission (visit the POMS Website for information on how to become a POMS/CBOM member).
    4. A junior scholar may submit no more than one paper to the competition.

    Paper and Award Recipients' Selection

    The papers for the Mini-Conference and the Junior Scholar Competition award recipients will be selected by a three-person Awards Committee, which consists of the Chair and two members. To inform its opinion, the Committee will seek up to three referee reports for each submission. The referees will be selected to minimize the conflict of interest with the authors, and will include other CBOM members and/or researchers in this domain. To the extent possible, anonymous referee comments will be returned for each submission.

    If a submission has a substantial conflict of interest with a member of the awards committee, the other committee members will primarily handle the entry, assign referees and evaluate the submission. Should the submission be recommended as a finalist by the remaining two committee members, the СBOM President (or designee) will assist in evaluating and/or ranking the finalists.  

     The 2019 Awards Committee consists of:​

    1. Tony Cui, Chair
    2. Kyle Hyndman
    3. Nikolay Osadchiy


    Submission Requirements:

    A complete entry consists of:

    1. A cover letter including:
      1. Names and contact information of all authors;
      2. Names and contact information of 3 referees with whom the authors have no conflict of interests;
      3. Whether the paper should be considered for the Junior Scholar Paper Competition, and the names of the scholar and the scholar's primary advisor.
    2. The paper in completely anonymous form and PDF file format, with a length of at most 32 pages excluding the appendix but including tables, figures, and references, and compliant with all submission formatting standards of the POM journal as described at The paper must include all material necessary for judges to assess its technical correctness, possibly included in an appendix of no more than 8 pages. The file name should be the short title of the paper.
    3. An electronic pdf file of a letter signed by both a faculty adviser and the entrant attesting that the entrant and the paper satisfy the eligibility conditions.

    The above three documents should be sent by the entrant via email to:

    Please include "2019 CBOM Paper Competition: [the paper title]" in the subject line of the email. 

    The finalists will present their paper in a special session and the winner will be announced at the business meeting for the BOM track.

    Complete entries must be received on or before Feb 15, 2019. It is the entrant's responsibility to allow for an appropriate time to enroll as a new member of the CBOM College (approximately 2-3 business days). Any questions related to the competition should be sent by email to

    Good luck to all entrants!

    Tony Cui
    Kyle Hyndman
    Nikolay Osadchiy
    John Aloysius

    Nikolay Osadchiy
    Associate Professor
    Emory University
    Atlanta GA