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PSOR Best Paper Award

The INFORMS Public Sector Operations Research (PSOR) section is sponsoring an award for best paper presented at the INFORMS fall national conference in Nashville, November 13-16, 2016. 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 of $250, one second prize of $100 and an honorable mention will be awarded at the PSOR business meeting, to take place at the INFORMS 2016 conference.

2016 PSOR Best Paper Award Competition -- Call for Submissions 

The submission process consists of the following:

  • A brief letter of intent to submit a paper to the contest. The letter should be less than three pages explaining the relevance of the paper to PSOR’s mission and the paper’s significance to research and/or practice, including an abstract of the paper. If practical impact is claimed for the research, it is advised to also submit another letter from a relevant practitioner who is preferably not a coauthor, mentioning name, title, organizational affiliation and full contact information and attesting to the practical value of the work. Letters of intent are due by August 15, 2016 to the chair of the competition, Professor Muer Yang, at
  • Full drafts of papers are due by September 15, 2016 to

 Submission requirements are:

  • Full papers (by request of committee) should follow the formatting guidelines of an INFORMS print journal, e.g., formatted to one-inch margins on all sides, a font size of at least 11 point, and at least 1.5 line spacing.
  • The paper should be no longer than 32 pages long (including paper text, figures and tables) plus references.
  • The paper under consideration for this prize shall not have not been published elsewhere.

Details of this award will be posted on the PSOR website:

Any inquiries about this award can be made to:

Muer Yang, Ph.D.

Chair, Best Paper Competition

Assistant Professor

Department of Operations and Supply Chain Management

University of St. Thomas | Opus College of Business

Mail: TMH 443, 1000 LaSalle Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Office: TMH 451E | 651.962.4159 |

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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