Student Paper Competition

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 2023 INFORMS Healthcare Conference in Toronto, ON Canada, July 26-28, 2023.


There are three conditions for eligibility:

  1. Entrant must be a student on or after December 1, 2022, 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 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 register for the conference and present their work in a special session at the conference. 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: $750; Second Prize: $500; Other finalists: $250 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
─ 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 Complete entries must be received on or before Monday (midnight EST), February 6, 2023. E-mail if you have any questions.

Good luck to all entrants!

Vishal Ahuja (Southern Methodist University) and Nan Liu (Boston College)

Co-Chairs, 2023 INFORMS HAS Student Paper Competition

Past Winners

Year   Recipient   Title   School
2023 Minmin Zhang (First Place) A Multi-Treatment Forest Approach for Analyzing the Heterogeneous Effects of Team Familiarity University of Texas at Dallas
Mohamad Sadegh Shirani Faradonbeh (Second Place) Asymptotic Analysis of Multi-Class Advance Patient Scheduling Stanford University
Harriet Jeon Leapfrogging for Last-Mile Delivery in Health Care University of Pennsylvania
Jimmy Qin Waiting Online versus In-Person in Outpatient Clinics: An Empirical Study on Visit Incompletion Columbia University
2021 Nasrin Yousefi
(First Place)
An Inverse Optimization Approach to Measuring Clinical Pathway Concordance University of Toronto
Yiwen Shen
(Second Place)
Structural Estimation of Intertemporal Externalities on ICU Admission Decisions Columbia University
Yangzi Jiang
Nonprofit vs. For-Profit: Allocation of Beds and Access to Care in U.S. Nursing Homes Northwestern University
Esmaeil Keyvanshokooh
Contextual Learning with Online Convex Optimization: Theory and Applications to Chronic Diseases University of Michigan
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
Improving the Efficiency of the Operating Room Environment with an Optimization and Machine Learning Model

Stanford University

Shujing Sun
Does Telemedicine Reduce Emergency Department Congestion? Evidence from New York State University of Rochester
Yunchao Xu
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 (Third Place) 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