ISS Nunamaker-Chen Dissertation Award

INFORMS ISS Nunamaker-Chen Dissertation Award - 2021


Call for Submission

The INFORMS Information Systems Society (ISS) invites submissions for the 2021 Nunamaker-Chen Dissertation Award (NCDA). The NCDA is named in honor of two University of Arizona professors, Jay Nunamaker and Hsinchun Chen, who have made significant contributions to the field of Information Systems over the past several decades. The NCDA has been created to recognize and reward outstanding dissertation research by scholars in the field of Information Systems. The winner of the 2021 Nunamaker-Chen Dissertation Award will receive a US$1000 prize.

Questions about the competition can be addressed to the ISS President, Prof. D.J. WU (Georgia Institute of Technology,


To be eligible for the 2021 competition, dissertations must be in the field of information systems and must have been completed in the period from June 1, 2020 to May 31, 2021. Candidates must have successfully defended their dissertations and should have received the final approval and all required sign-offs on their dissertation documents by May 31, 2021. Dissertations that do not meet these criteria will not be considered eligible for the award.

Submission Instructions

All applications materials must be received no later than 11:59 PM US EDT on July 18th, 2021. Any documents received after that date, and submissions without all of the appropriate documentation, will not be reviewed. INFORMS ISS encourages submissions from any country; however, all submitted materials must be in English.

Submission website can be accessed at

The following three documents are required.  All three files must be submitted as a single pdf file on the submission website.  Submissions that do not meet these requirements will not be reviewed.

  1. An extended abstract of the dissertation that highlights the significance of the problem, the methodological approach, and the key results and their potential applications. The extended abstract should be no more than 10 pages (1" margins, single-spaced, 12 point normal font, not including references, tables, or figures).
  2. A copy of the entrant's current curriculum vitae.
  3. A letter of recommendation from the entrant's dissertation advisor that describes the significance of the research and comments on the originality of the work.

Optional: If there are working papers or publications based on the dissertation, these can be cited in the extended abstract, and submitted as additional materials.  All additional materials should be included in the same pdf file that contains the three required documents.

Please note that in addition to uploading your pdf file on the submission website, you will be required to provide contact information, the title of the dissertation, a short abstract, and keywords.

Reviewing Process and Winner Announcement

A panel of judges composed of Yong Tan, Gordon Gao and Sulin Ba will review the submissions. Dissertations will be evaluated based on the following criteria: creativity and novelty, scope and magnitude of contribution to IS research, relevance to practice, technical quality, and richness of methodological approach.

Finalists will be notified in September 2021 and the winner will be announced during the 2021 Conference on Information Systems Technology in Newport Beach, CA.