DAS Student Paper Award

DAS gives the Student Paper Award annually to the best decision analysis paper by a student author, as judged by a panel of members of the Society.

For this award, decision analysis is defined as a prescriptive approach to provide insight for decision making based on axioms that are logically consistent with the axioms of von Neumann and Morgenstern and of Savage. Key constructs of decision analysis are utility to quantify one’s risk preferences and probability to quantify the state of one's knowledge.

The intent of the award is to recognize the best publication in decision analysis, by a student. This includes, but is not limited to, theoretical, methodological, and procedural contributions to decision analysis, descriptions of applications and experimental studies. Publications addressing behavioral aspects of decision making are eligible if the relevance to the theory or practice of prescriptive decision analysis is clear. Nominated publications will be judged for significance, relevance, originality, and readability. The award is accompanied by a plaque and an honorarium.

Application Process

Submission deadline:
 July 15, 2023

Students who did not complete their Ph.D. prior to May 1, 2023 are eligible for the 2023 competition. 

The majority of work, including writing, must be that of the student, though faculty members or other mentors can be co-authors if appropriate. Papers need not be published, but published, peer-reviewed, papers should be given careful consideration. Unpublished manuscripts should be 30 pages or fewer (double spaced and 11 point font) and, in the standard format of the Decision Analysis journal.

To be considered for this year's competition, please email both committee co-chairs, at the addresses shown here, by the deadline, July 15, 2023, with your final submission of:

  • An electronic version of your paper in PDF format, and
  • A letter in PDF format from one faculty co-author (if any) articulating your role in writing this paper

Let the 2023 DAS Student Paper Award Co-Chairs know if you have any questions.

2023 Prize Chairs

Saša Zorc,


Spyros Zoumpoulis, 


2022 Winner: Giacomo Lanzani, for the paper "Dynamic Concern for Misspecification",  

Click here for a complete listing of past awardees.