The SOLA Dissertation Award recognizes outstanding Ph.D. dissertations related to the field of location analysis. The prize is awarded biennially and announced during the INFORMS annual meetings.
Dissertation eligibility is as follows:
a) written in English
b) completed between the given timeline
c) primary focus on substantive, theoretical or methodological issues in location analysis and modeling
Completed dissertations from all disciplines, including management science, industrial engineering, transportation science, geography and economics, will be considered. Applicants are required to submit a dissertation package that includes the following as a single PDF file:
1. a cover letter stating the name of their supervisor(s)
2. a letter from their supervisor supporting their submission
3. a two-page summary of their dissertation research
4. a copy of the dissertation
The latest call for submissions was for the dissertations completed between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2019.
The next call for submissions will be for the dissertations completed between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021. The announcement for the call for submissions will be made in April 2020 with an anticipated application deadline of June 15, 2022.
(The award was formerly known as the UPS-SOLA Dissertation Award and SOLA-Air Products Dissertation Award.)
- Winner: Mercedes Pelegrín García, Universidad de Murcia
- Runner-up: Gita Taherkhani, University of Waterloo
- Winner: Beryl Castello, Johns Hopkins University
- Finalists: Qi Liu, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University & Leyla Ozsen, Northwestern University