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Call for Submissions - George Nicholson Student Paper Competition

The George Nicholson Committee competition is held each year to identify and honor outstanding papers in the field of operations research and the management sciences written by a student.   

Prizes will be awarded and finalists will be invited to present their papers at the 2015 INFORMS Annual Meeting. All entries must be submitted no later than June 5, 2015. Click here for complete eligibility and submission information. 

Call for Submissions - Doing Good with Good OR - Student Paper Competition

INFORMS is again sponsoring a competition to encourage student research and practice that has societal impact. The Doing Good with Good OR Student Competition will feature the most exciting work performed by students in partnership with public and private organizations that yields tangible and beneficial outcomes for individuals, communities, and organizations. Such work will be infused with OR/MS methods and could appeal to multiple disciplinary and application-area interests. INFORMS must receive completed submissions for this competition by May 15, 2015. Please see the competition Web page for complete details.

Call for Submissions - Undergraduate Operations Research Prize 

The Undergraduate Operations Research Prize Competition is held each year to honor a student or group of students who conducted a significant applied project in operations research or management science, and/or original and important theoretical or applied research in operations research or management science, while enrolled as an undergraduate student. The prize is given each year at the INFORMS Annual Meeting if there is a suitable recipient. The prize of $500 plus travel support to the INFORMS Annual Meeting will be announced at the awards ceremony of the Annual Meeting. All entrants satisfying the eligibility requirements will be invited to present their research at an Undergraduate Research Showcase session(s) at the Annual Meeting. Entries must be submitted by July 1, 2015. Please see the competition Web page for complete details.

One of the benefits that associations provide is the opportunity to learn from experts who you would not normally meet.

SAS's Radhika Kulkarni provided that opportunity to UMass Amherst's student chapter when she accepted Professor Anna Nagurney's invitation to travel from relatively warm North Carolina to snowy Massachusetts. Click here to view presentation online.

Would you like an INFORMS speaker to visit your chapter or organization? Look through the list of INFORMS experts and place your request by visiting the INFORMS Speakers Program here.

Read President L.Robin Keller's pick from INFORMS Transactions on Education for free during March: Game - The Dressing Change Game, byAnita L. Tucker and Cindy Lefton.    

This intriguing article describes a 40-minute in-class exercise to show how employees find and use workarounds to deal with supply shortages and how the choices may be beneficial in the short-run in getting the work done but detrimental in terms of costs or future shortages.

Join Us as We "Catch the Wave" at the 2015 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics & Operations Research   

April 12-14, 2015, Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa, Huntington Beach, CA


Reminder: Early Registration Discount Ends March 23! 

Click here for the full conference schedule, including all speakers and biographies, session titles, abstracts, and more.  

Special Notice: Edelman Laureates and Academy Reps: We Want You! 

If you are an Edelman Laureate or have represented your organization in the Edelman Academy, your presence is requested at the Franz Edelman Awards Gala to be held on April 13, 2015, at the INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research in Huntington Beach, CA. We'd like to recognize you! Please RSVP to Thomas Fink at tom.fink@informs.org.

Please note: INFORMS is committed to reducing our environmental impact and will not be producing a long-form paper program for the 2015 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research. All the information you need to successfully plan your time and navigate your way around the conference will be available through our easy-to-use apps (available in early April), our website, and your badge inserts. 


2015 CORS/INFORMS International Conference

June 14-17, 2015, Sheraton Hotel, Montreal, QC, Canada


Registration is now open. Click here to register.   

37th ISMS Marketing Science Conference

June 18-20, 2015, Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel, Baltimore, MD  


Click here to register now. All presenters must be registered by March 20.   

Hotel cutoff date: March 31, 2015


22nd International Symposium on Mathematical Programming 

July 12-17, 2015, Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown, Pittsburgh, PA  


Registration is now open! Click here to register now.

2015 INFORMS Healthcare Conference  

July 29-31, 2015, Nashville, TN


Registration is now open! Click here to register. Special early registration rates end April 15.

INFORMS Healthcare 2015 will bring together academic researchers in healthcare analytics and industry stakeholders who are applying this research to share information and improve the delivery of effective healthcare.

Poster Presentations: Call for Submissions

Deadline - May 1, 2015 

INFORMS Healthcare 2015 will also feature informative poster sessions. For more information or to submit a poster please click here

There are a limited number of rooms blocked at the conference hotel, the Omni Nashville. Make sure to reserve your room today by clicking here.

SPECIAL NOTICES: INFORMS Annual Meeting Call for Papers: May 15  

INFORMS 2015 Annual Conference

November 1-4, Philadelphia, PA


Call for Papers: Deadline- May 15, 2015

The deadline for abstract submission for the INFORMS 2015 Annual Conference is rapidly approaching.

For more information on abstract submission or this seminal event, please click here.

2015 Winter Simulation Conference 

December 6-9, Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa, Huntington Beach, CA 


For complete information and to submit a paper click here

INFORMS Meetings Calendar 

Go to http://meetings.informs.org for a complete conference calendar.

It may be Spring, but we have our sights on 2016... The INFORMS Nominating Committee announces the following slate of nominees for the elections to be held in summer 2015 for offices beginning on January 1:    


Brian Denton

Leslie D. Servi


Pinar Keskinocak

Anna Nagurney

Vice President - Marketing, Communications, and Outreach

Jeff Camm

Laura McLay

Vice President - Membership and Professional Recognition

Erica Klampfl

Susan E. Martonosi     

Vice President - International Activities

Grace Y. Lin (unopposed)

Vice President - Practice Activities

Jonathan Owen (unopposed)

Marco Luebbecke

The INFORMS IT VP on using data and analytics to save lives.

Read more at CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2015/02/12/opinion/lbbecke-big-data-saves-lives/index.html

Submit your Member News

As an INFORMS member, you are welcome to submit items about major career news that would interest your fellow INFORMS members. INFORMS welcomes news about:

  • Major appointments, such as appointments to lead departments, schools, or journals
  • Major awards that highlight you at the top of your profession
  • Book announcements

Please note:

  • Announcements should be brief, preferably 2-3 sentences, with a headline, statement of the news, and link to lengthier story, if available
  • Items will be placed on a space-available basis in appropriate INFORMS media such as eNews,INFORMS Connect, and  OR/MS Today (at the discretion of the editors)
  • Send your news to INFORMS Communications D. Director Barry List at barry.list@informs.org. Include "E-News submission" in the subject.

Former INFORMS president Mike Trick becomes IFORS president

Congratulations to former INFORMS President Michael Trick, who has been elected the new president of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (IFORS). Trick will serve a three-year term beginning in 2016.

Ravi Ravindram being honored at age 70

Congratulations to INFORMS member Ravi Ravindram of Penn State University, who has so impressed his students that they are saluting him on his 70th birthday. Learn more about the celebration here

Call for Papers for Special Issue ofManufacturing & Service Operations Management: Interface of Finance, Operations, and Risk Management

The goal of this special issue is to disseminate novel, insightful, and relevant research that unifies concepts from finance, operations, and risk management. Deadline for submission is December 31, 2015. For additional information contact co-editor Volodymyr Babich, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University, vob2@georgetown.edu or Panos Kouvelis, Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis, kouvelis@wustl.edu.

Call for Papers for Special Issue ofManufacturing & Service Operations Management: Innovations in Supply Chain Interfaces and Structure

The special issue will focus on how supply chains, both business-to-business and business-to-consumer, are evolving in response to trends in data, globalization, regulation, and technology.  
Deadline for submission: October 1, 2015
For additional information click here or contact co-editors Morris Cohen, Wharton School,cohen@wharton.upenn.edu or Brian Tomlin, Dartmouth College, brian.tomlin@tuck.dartmouth.edu

Management Science - New Issue

Read the 13 new articles in the February 2015 issue ofManagement Science. "Management Insights" provides you with a brief overview of all papers in the current issue.      

Organization Science - New Issue   

Read the 16 new articles in the January-February 2015 issue of Organization Science. Members can subscribe to the 2015 INFORMS PubsOnLine Suite for only $104 to access all journals back to volume 1, issue 1.  

Interfaces - New Issue      

This special issue of Interfaces is devoted to the finalists of the 2014 Franz Edelman Award for Achievement in Operations Research and the Management Sciences. Read all six articles in the January-February 2015 issue.       

Marketing Science - New Issue       

Read the 10 new articles in the January-February 2015issue of Marketing Science. When you renew your 2015 membership consider to subscribing all INFORMS journals for only $104.00

Manufacturing & Service Operations Management - New Issue       

Read the eight new articles in the  Winter 2015

issue of Manufacturing & Service Operations Management.   

Transportation Science - New Issue       

Read the 10 new articles in the February 2015 issue of Transportation Science.  

INFORMS Journal on Computing - New Issue       

Read the 13 new articles in the Winter 2015 issue of INFORMS Journal on Computing.  

February 24, Washington, DC 

Join Change the Equation and Northrop Grumman in marking Engineers Week with a STEM Salon dedicated to Women and Minorities in STEM. The Salon will feature a brief with exclusive new data on how the decline of women and minorities in the STEM workforce threatens the nation's ability to stay on the cutting edge of technology and innovation. It will also focus on business leaders' most promising efforts to increase the diversity of the STEM workforce by expanding opportunities for K-12 students. For details and to RSVP, click here today.