Advancement of Women

Advancement of Women in OR/MS

2020 Award for the Advancement of Women in OR/MS (by WORMS)

Call for Nominations

The Award for the Advancement of Women in OR/MS celebrates and recognizes individual(s) who have contributed significantly to the advancement and recognition of women in the field of Operations Research and the Management Sciences (OR/MS). Each nominee will be considered based on their history of successfully promoting the professional development, success, and recognition of women in OR/MS. Nominees can have made contributions in multiple ways, such as primarily at their own institutions, through involvement in professional organizations, etc.

Examples of activities to be considered include, but are not limited to, the following: personal commitment and/or leadership with respect to increased hiring, retention, advancement, and recognition of women (students and faculty) in academia, industry, or government; leadership in encouraging, sponsoring, and/or developing professional training/development programs for women in OR/MS; creating an environment that supports women's full participation and advancement in the field of OR/MS, possibly through mentoring, leadership, financial support, and/or personal investment of time.

Application process

Nominations should include:

  • Nominee's name, affiliation, address, telephone, and e-mail;
  • A short (250-500 words) description of the nominee's overall contribution to the advancement of the careers of women in OR/MS;
  • Description(s) of specific activities, programs, leadership;
  • Statements of support from women in OR/MS and/or from organizations which observed or benefited from the nominee's activities;
  • The nominee's resume and other items as appropriate.

The selection committee will also consider prior nominations.  If you would like to supplement or refresh a prior nomination, we encourage you to do so.

All nominations or supplements to nominations must be submitted via e-mail to the Award Committee Chair, Laura Albert (laura@engr.wisc.edu), by Aug 14, 2020.  Please submit all materials as one pdf file and make the subject of the email: 2020 WORMS Award submission for XX, where XX is the name of the nominee.  

Up to two awards will be given: one award will recognize a person in academia and the other will recognize a person in industry (including government and/or lab affiliations). The award(s) will be presented to the winner(s) during the WORMS luncheon at the 2020 INFORMS Annual Meeting.  Also, each award will include not only a plaque but also a cash prize of $1000, which the winner(s) are encouraged to use for activities which promote the advancement and recognition of women. 

For questions, please contact the 2020 Award Committee Co-Chairs: Laura Albert (laura@engr.wisc.edu) and Sharon Arroyo  (sharon.f.arroyo@boeing.com)

2019 Winner of the Advancement of Women in OR/MS Award
For the first time this year, we have made two awards for the Advancement of Women in OR/MS to Dr. Laura Albert (Academia) and Dr. Sharon Arroyo (Industry).

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Past Winners of the Advancement of Women in OR/MS Award

2018 Award Winner: Dr. Susan Sanchez (Download Dr. Sanchez's acceptance speech here)

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2017 Award Winner Dr. Ruth Williams


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2016 Award Winner Dr. Karen Smilowitz


2015 Award Winner Dr. Margaret Brandeau

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2014 Award Winner Dr. Adela Roth

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2013 Award Winner Dr. Kathy Stecke 

2012 Award Winner Dr. Vicki L. Sauter

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2011 Award Winner Dr. Berna Dengiz

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2010 Award Winner Dr. Brenda Dietrich

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2009 Award Winner Dr. Alice Smith

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2008 Award Winner Dr. Candace (Candi) Yano

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2007 Award Winner Dr. Anna Nagurney

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2006 Award Winner Dr. Radhika Kulkarni

2005 Award Winners Dr. Cindy Barnhart and Dr. Jane Ammons

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