Jeff McGill Student Paper Award

The INFORMS Revenue Management and Pricing (RMP) Section announces the 2021 Student Paper Award. The awards are given annually for student papers judged to be the best in the field of revenue management and pricing.

The first award is accompanied by a $500 honorarium. The second award is accompanied by a $300 honorarium. All other finalists, if any, will be awarded $100. All awards including finalists are accompanied by a plaque in addition to the cash award. Queen’s University is endowing the RMP student paper award in the honor and memory of Professor Jeff McGill (deceased).

Eligibility Conditions:
There are five conditions for eligibility:

  1. Entrant must have been a student on or after January 1, 2021, and the research presented 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 entrant. Some assistance by other individuals (such as the student's faculty advisor) is permitted, however the entrant's primary research advisor must certify that the student's share of contribution to the paper exceeds 50%.
  3. Entrant must be a member of the RMP Section on the date of submission.
  4. The paper must not have won an award (1st-2nd) in a previous RMP dissertation or student paper award.
  5. A student may submit no more than one paper.

Submission Requirements:

A complete entry consists of:

  1. A Word document or a pdf stating the entrant's contact information, the contact information of the entrant's primary research advisor and all co-authors, the paper title, and appropriate keywords for the submitted paper.
  2. The paper in completely anonymous form and PDF file format, with a length of at most 32 pages including the appendix, tables, figures, and references, and strictly compliant with all submission formatting standards of the journal Operations Research or Management Science. There could be appendices beyond the 32-page limit, but the judges are not responsible for covering those materials. The file name should be the short title of the paper.
  3. An electronic pdf file of a letter signed by both a faculty advisor and the entrant attesting that the entrant and the paper satisfy the eligibility conditions.

    The above three documents should be sent by the entrant as e-mail attachments to Complete entries must be received on or before July 28, 2021. It is the entrant's responsibility to allow for appropriate time to enroll as a new member of the RMP section (approximately 5 business days).

2021 RMP Student Paper Award Committee

  • Ali Aouad, London Business School
  • Kimon Drakopoulos, Marshal Business School, USC
  • Yonatan Gur (Chair), Graduate School of Business, Stanford University
  • Kris Johnson Ferreira, Harvard Business School
  • Hamsa Sridhar Bastani, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • Nikos Trichakis, Sloan School of Management, MIT
  • Fanyin Zheng, Columbia Business School

2020 Winners and Finalists

(out of 50 submissions)

  • First Place:
    • “Design and Analysis of Switchback Experiments” by Jinglong Zhao (MIT)
  • Second Place:
    • “Engineering Social Learning: Information Design of Time-Locked Sales Campaigns for Online Platforms” by Can Küçükgül (UTD)
  • Honorable Mention:
    • “Optimizing Offer Sets in Sub-Linear Time” by Deeksha Sinha (MIT)
    • “Cold Start on Online Advertising Platforms: Data-Driven Algorithms and Field Experiments” by Zikun Ye (UIUC)

2019 Winners and Finalists

(out of 39 submissions)

  • First Place:
    • “Dynamic Pricing of Relocating Resources in Large Networks” by Chen Chen (Duke)
  • Second Place:
    • “Decision Forest: A Nonparametric Approach to Modeling Irrational Choice” by Yi-Chun Chen (UCLA)
    • “Shapley Meets Uniform: An Axiomatic Framework for Attribution in Online Advertising” by Raghav Singal (Columbia)
  • Finalist:
    • “The Value of Price Discrimination in Large Random Networks” by Jiali Huang (Minnesota)
    • “Sequential Procurement with Contractual and Experimental Learning” by Gregory Macnamara (Stanford)
    • “Matching in Online Marketplaces when Talent is Difficult to Discern” by Jiding Zhang (Upenn)