Public Sector OR

PSOR Best Paper Award

The INFORMS Public Sector OR Section is sponsoring an award for best paper presented at the INFORMS annual conferences. This award is intended to encourage journal-quality research in all of the disciplines and application areas represented within PSOR, and to build a tradition of scholarly exchange of knowledge at our research meetings beyond attendance at sessions. Participation is open to all INFORMS members, whether students, academics, or practitioners. Each submission must be associated with a presentation at the fall national conference. Subject to receiving qualified submissions, one first prize, one second prize, and an honorable mention are usually awarded at the PSOR business meetings, to take place at the INFORMS conferences.

2016 PSOR Best Paper Award Competition

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2015 Best Paper Award Winners

The winners of the fifth PSOR best paper competition were announced at the PSOR business meeting at the 2015 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.

The judging committee included:

  • Alex Mills, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University (chair)
  • Gemma Berenguer, Krannert School of Management, Purdue University
  • Sarang Deo, Indian School of Business
  • Murat Kurt, Merck
  • Nan Liu, Mailman school of Public Health, Columbia University

The awardees were:

First Place

Shivam Gupta, Milind Dawande, Ganesh Janakiraman and Ashutosh Sarkar, “Distressed selling by farmers: Model, analysis, and use in policy-making”

Second Place

Eike Nohdurft, Elisa Long and Stefan Spinler, “Efficient spatial allocation of epidemic crisis intervention resources with a focus on Ebola in West Africa”

Honorable Mention

Na Li, Nan Kong, Quanlin Li and Zhibin Jiang, “Operational performance evaluation of reverse referral partnership in the Chinese healthcare system”


Julia Moline, Jarrod Goentzel and Erica Gralla, “A Comparison of three models for opening and siting FEMA’s Disaster Recovery Centers”

Sam Aflaki, Shadi Goodarzi and Andrea Masini, “Optimal Feed-in-tariff Policies: The Role of Technology Providers”


Previous Winners of the PSOR Best Paper Award

Winners and finalists for this award in past years can be found on the previous winners page.

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