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Pierskalla Best Paper Competition Reminder: Call for Submissions

  • 1.  Pierskalla Best Paper Competition Reminder: Call for Submissions

    Posted 06-22-2022 00:44
    2022 Pierskalla Best Paper Competition – Papers are due June 24, 2022

    Pierskalla Award

    The Health Applications Society of INFORMS sponsors an annual competition for the Pierskalla
    Award, which recognizes research excellence in the field of health care management science.
    The award includes an honorarium for the best paper presented in a Health Applications Society
    sponsored session at the annual INFORMS conference. The award is named after Dr. William
    Pierskalla to recognize his contribution and dedication to improving health services delivery
    through operations research. Dr. Pierskalla is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the
    Anderson School at UCLA and the Ronald A. Rosenfeld Professor Emeritus, The Wharton
    School, University of Pennsylvania, and serves as an editor on numerous operations research


    To be considered for the award, a full paper must be submitted by the application deadline to
    the Chairs of the Pierskalla Committee (see Application Process details below). The submission
    can be a working paper, a paper under review, or a previously published paper, and is not
    restricted to papers written by students. If desired by the authors, the winning paper will be
    published in Health Care Management Science if it has not been published or is not under
    review elsewhere.


    Papers are judged by a panel of committee members on:
    • Contribution to operations research/management science in health care
    • Readability, clarity, and organization of the paper
    • Technical content and scope relative to the length of the paper
    • Originality
    Finalists will be selected and invited to present their work at the INFORMS annual meeting in a
    session devoted to the competition. The panel judging the papers reserves the right not to
    award a prize in any given year.

    Application Process

    A complete entry consists of a completely anonymous paper in PDF format that meets the
    following criteria:
    • Author(s) names or affiliations should not appear anywhere in the paper.
    • At most 32 pages excluding the appendix but including tables, figures, and references. The paper must include all material necessary for judges to assess its technical correctness and confirm the validity of results.
    • The formatting standards for submitting a paper to major INFORMS journals (such as Management Science or Operations Research) apply.
    • The filename of the submitted paper should be ShortTitleOfThePaper.pdf.
    The above document should be uploaded at the following link:

    Complete entries must be received by 11:59 PM (Anywhere on Earth) June 24, 2022.

    Any question(s) related to the competition should be sent by email to:

    The winning paper will not be announced until the Health Applications Society's business meeting at the INFORMS annual meeting.

    2022 Committee Chairs

    Kyra Gan & Andrew Li, Carnegie Mellon University

    Kyra Gan
    Carnegie Mellon University
    Pittsburgh PA