Bonder Scholarship

Bonder Scholarship

The Health Applications Society (HAS) of INFORMS invites applications from qualified doctoral candidates for the Bonder Scholarship for Applied Operations Research in Health Services. Doctoral candidates, particularly those with two to three years remaining in their programs, with an interest in the application of process modeling and OR analyses to issues in health care design, delivery, or operations are encouraged to apply.



The purpose of the Bonder Scholarship for Applied Operations Research in Health Services is to promote the development and application of process modeling and operations research analyses to health care design, delivery and operations. The scholarship provides funding of $5,000 ($US) to support the development of highly qualified individuals and promote the interchange of health services research knowledge in conjunction with INFORMS.

The Award

The scholarship offers a research fund of $4,000 and the opportunity to apply for an additional support of $1,000 to cover expenses that will be incurred during the winner’s travel to the 2023 INFORMS Annual Conference. Starting with the year after the award is won, the winner also becomes eligible to apply for further research funds that are offered annually by the Seth Bonder Research Foundation exclusively to former Bonder Scholars. Bonder Scholars also find the privilege to speak and disseminate their research in designated “Bonder Scholars” sessions at INFORMS Annual Meetings.

Selection Criteria

The scholarship will be granted on the basis of excellence, innovation, candidate’s preparation to undertake the proposed program of research, and likelihood of success in his/her projected plan.


Doctoral students building creative work with strong academic rigor and/or practical relevance at the crossroads of operations research/operations management and health care are all encouraged to apply. Applications are due by June 30, 2023. A complete application must consist of the following documents as PDF files:

1) A detailed curriculum vitae of the applicant, which must include the applicant’s complete educational history with dates of enrollment in graduate studies (in months and years; e.g., September 2019).

2) Two letters of support: One letter is expected to be from the applicant’s main academic advisor (or dissertation committee chair) and this letter must include a statement that the applicant has completed at least one academic year but no more than three academic years in any doctoral program. Letter writers should separately send their nominations/support letters to the email address provided below. Each applicant is responsible for ensuring that letters are sent by the application deadline: June 30, 2023.

3) A one-page career goals statement describing why the candidate is interested in applying operations research/operations management to health care issues and problems.

4) A three-page summary of applicant’s proposed program of research including all graphics and technical supplements (the three-page limit does not include the references to be cited therein). Applicants should pay particular attention to delineating the completed and projected contributions of their doctoral studies within this three-page document.

All application materials including support letters should be submitted to:

All further questions about the award should be addressed to the committee chair Lauren Cipriano



Applicants will be notified with the results of the competition before September 2023.


Dr. Seth Bonder was the founder and CEO of Vector Research, Incorporated (VRI) for 31 years. VRI is recognized for its quality and innovations in applying OR/MS to public and private sector enterprises. Throughout his distinguished career, Dr. Bonder has been a leader in applying operations research to national defense planning and policy issues, and subsequently to health care delivery reengineering and disease management practices. He established this scholarship to encourage the application of scientific operations research approaches to health care delivery systems, processes, and enterprises. Dr. Bonder has made major contributions to the operations research profession. He has served as president of the Operations Research Society of America and the Military Operations Research Society, and as vice president of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Patriotic Service Award from the US Secretary of the Army, the George E. Kimball Medal, and the INFORMS President's Award He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Previous Recipients

Year   Recipient   Title   School

Yuming Sun

Expediating polio eradication by an innovative multi-agent framework with simulation, optimization, and machine learning approaches

Georgia Institute of Technology

Katherine Adams

Designing scalable optimization approaches for diabetes care in LMICs

University of Wisconsin

Luke DeRoos

Improving Health Outcomes for Rural Patients: An Application to Macular Degeneration

University of Michigan

Arielle Anderer

Adaptive Learning for Healthcare Operations: from Surrogates to Bandits

University of Pennsylvania

David Mildebrath

Optimizing Waitlist Composition from the Transplant Center’s Perspective

Rice University
2018 Gian-Gabriel Garcia Data-driven and Multi-agent Optimization Models for Concussion Management Decisions University of Michigan
2017 Justin Boutilier Emergency Medical Service Response Time Optimization University of Toronto
2016 Alba Rojas-Cordova Pharmaceutical R&D Resource Allocation in the Presence of Adaptive Clinical Trials Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
2015 Hadi El-Amine Robust post-donation blood screening under prevalence rate uncertainty Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
2014 Jónas Oddur Jónasson Improving HIV early infant diagnosis supply chains in sub-Saharan Africa: Models and application to Mozambique London Business School
2013 Pooyan Kazemian Dynamic monitoring and treatment control of chronic diseases University of Michigan
2012 Amin Khademi Managing HIV treatment allocation in resource-limited settings University of Pittsburgh
2011 Lauren Cipriano Information Collection in Dynamic Healthcare Policy Stanford University
2010 Turgay Ayer Designing a New Breast Cancer Screening Program: Risk-Tailored Screening University of Wisconsin-Madison
2009 Murat Kurt Incorporating Patient Autonomy into Paired Kidney Exchanges University of Pittsburgh
2008 Minsun Kim Spatially and Temporally Optimized Radiotherapy Planning University of Washington
2007 Burhan Sandikci Quantitative Estimates of the Price of Privacy in Liver Transplantation University of Pittsburgh
2006 Mariel Lavieri Improving Accessibility to Radiation Therapy for Cancer Patients University of British Columbia
2005 Elisa Frances Long The interaction of AIDS and TB in populations in developing nations Stanford University
2004 Steven Shechter Markov Decision Processes and HIV Therapy Planning University of Pittsburgh
2003 Stephen Resch Optimal Dynamic Response to Concurrent Tuberculosis and Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis Epidemics Harvard Center for Risk Analysis
2002 Xuanming Su Allocation of Kidneys To Autonomous Transplant Candidates: A Sequential Stochastic Assignment Model Stanford University