HAS Student Paper Competition

INFORMS Health Application Society Student Paper Competition

The INFORMS Health Applications Society (HAS) welcomes students who are conducting research in health care applications to submit a single paper to its biennial student paper competition. Applicants are also encouraged to submit their work for presentation at the 2019 INFORMS Healthcare Conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts, July 27-29, 2019.

 

There are three conditions for eligibility:

  1. Entrant must be a student on or after December 1, 2018, and the research in the paper must have been conducted while the entrant was a student.
  2. The submitted paper must present original research conducted primarily by the student. The paper can be co-authored with other individuals including the advisor(s) of the student. However, the student's contribution must be such that they are considered the "first author", alphabetical authorship notwithstanding.
  3. Entrant must be a member of HAS on the date of submission (call INFORMS Member Services at 1-800-446-3676 or see connect.informs.org/healthapplications/home for information on membership).

 

Selection and Awards:

Leading health care scholars will serve as judges. They will evaluate the papers based on quality, novelty and importance of methodology, contribution to health care research, and potential for impact on practice. Four finalists will be selected and notified. Finalists must present their work in a special session at the conference. HAS will reimburse the finalists' conference registration fees. Presentation quality will be considered in deciding the first and second prize winners. Winners will be announced during the conference. The awards are: First Prize: $500; Second Prize: $300; Finalist: $100 each.

 

Submission Requirements: The following submission requirements will be strictly enforced:

1. Cover letter (PDF) signed by both the student and advisor that includes:

─ Name, affiliation, and contact information of the student, advisor, and other co-authors
─ The paper title
─ Up to three keywords that describe the application area and up to three keywords that describe the main methodologies used
─ A statement attesting to the fact that the eligibility requirements are met
─ The filename of the submitted cover letter should be EntrantLastName_CoverLetter.pdf

 2. Paper (PDF) that meets the following criteria:

─ The paper should be completely anonymous. Author(s) names and affiliations should not appear in the paper.
─ The formatting standards for submitting a paper to major INFORMS journals apply.  See pubsonline.informs.org/page/mnsc/submission-guidelines
─ 36-page limit (1.5 line spacing) including the main body, figures, tables, and any appendices, but excluding the list of references. The statements of theorems, propositions, and other technical results may be given in the main body, but all proofs of technical results as well as unessential/supplementary figures/tables should be placed in appendices.
─ The filename of the submitted paper should be ShortTitleOfThePaper.pdf

 

Both items must be sent as e-mail attachments to hasstudent2019@gmail.com. Complete entries must be received on or before Friday, January 25, 2019. E-mail hasstudent2019@gmail.com if you have any questions.

2019 Co-Chairs:

Timothy Chan, University of Toronto
Nicos Savva, London Business School


Past Winners

Year   Recipient   Title   School
2019 Shasha Han
(First Place)
A Robust Approach to Study Multiple Treatments: Hierarchical Contrast-Specific Propensity Score National University of Singapore
Hussein El Hajj
(Second Place)
Optimal Genetic Screening for Cystic Fibrosis

Virginia Tech

Michael Fairley
(Finalist)
Improving the Efficiency of the Operating Room Environment with an Optimization and Machine Learning Model

Stanford University

Shujing Sun
(Finalist)
Does Telemedicine Reduce Emergency Department Congestion? Evidence from New York State University of Rochester
Yunchao Xu
(Finalist)
On Withholding Capacity from Strategic Patients New York University
2017 Guihua Wang (First Place) A Causal Tree Approach for Personalized Healthcare Outcome Analysis

University of Michigan

  Auyon Siddiq (Second Place) Robust Defibrillator Deployment under Cardiac Arrest Location Uncertainty via Row-and-Column Generation University of California Berkeley
  Shan Wang (Finalist) Managing Appointment-based Services in the Presence of Walk-ins Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  Yuqian Xu (Finalist) The Effect of online Reviews on Physician Demand: A Structural Model of Patient Choice New York University
  Seyed Hossein Hashemi Doulabi (Finalist) Routing and Scheduling with Synchronization and Stochastic Durations: Applications in Home Healthcare and Operating Room Scheduling Problems ÉcolePolytechniquede Montréal
 2015 Hamsa Bastani (Winner)  Evidence of Strategic Behavior In Medicare Claims Reporting Stanford University
  Harwin de Vries (Winner) The Roadside Healthcare Facility Location Problem Erasmus University Rotterdam
  Hummy Song (Winner) The Diseconomies of Queue Pooling: An Empirical Investigation of Emergency
Department Length of Stay
Harvard University
  Amir Rastpour (Finalist) Modeling Yellow and Red Alert Durations for Ambulance Systems University of Alberta
 2013 Taewoo Lee (Winner)  Generalized Inverse Multi-Objective Optimization with Application University of Toronto
  Kristiaan Glorie (Runner-up) Iterative Branch-and-Price for Hierarchical Multi-Criteria Kidney Exchange Erasmus Research Institute of Management
  Song-Hee Kim (Finalist) ICU Admission Control: An Empirical Study of Capacity Allocation and its Implication on Patient Outcomes Columbia University
  Thomas Best (Finalist) Managing Hospital Inpatient Bed Capacity Through Partitioning Care into Focused Wings University of Chicago