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INFORMS is the largest professional association for the decision and data sciences.

Welcome! We are home to a diverse collection of academic and industry experts in the data and decision sciences, including operations research, analytics, management science, economics, behavioral science, statistics, artificial intelligence, data science, applied mathematics, and more. At INFORMS, we are driven by the belief that our members and their work are helping to make smarter decisions for a better world. Whether you're at the beginning of your academic and professional adventure or decades into a successful career, INFORMS membership will connect you with a group of peers with whom you can collaborate, learn, grow, and share your journey.

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Expanding the Scope of Your Research Through Advocacy and Public Relations

"A goal in the INFORMS Strategic Plan is to champion the profession and the brand, which was the focus of the advocacy sessions."


– Ashley Smith 
   INFORMS Public Affairs Coordinator

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"To My Younger Self" Mentorship Program

"The purpose of this article is to outline the structure of TMYS and provide guidance for universities and professional communities to improve their doctoral student mentoring."


– Banafsheh Behzad, California State University
   Susan Martonosi, Harvey Mudd College

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The Science of Winning

"During World War II, O.R. emerged as “the science of winning,” a moniker coined by the Allies to emphasize that O.R. represented a scientific and effective approach to military strategy."


– Aineth Torres
   Senior data scientist & operations researcher at

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Learn, Network, and Grow

INFORMS meetings and conferences provide the ultimate learning and networking events for OR/MS and analytics professionals and students – opportunities to exchange information, ideas, and perspectives with colleagues from around the world.

INFORMS Meetings
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First look at new job openings and internships

The INFORMS Career Center is a service that links employers with qualified applicants in the OR/MS and analytics field. It's not only free for all members, but members get a head start before jobs are open to the public! 

Career Center
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Continuing education courses

INFORMS professional development programs promote lifelong learning and career growth for O.R. and analytics professionals. Attend INFORMS’ high-level continuing education courses on leading analytics topics to stay current in the field.

Professional Development
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Get help navigating your career

Mentor Match lets INFORMS members enroll online to become a mentor or find one. Use the online directory to meet your professional match and begin working on goals together, from career growth to giving back to the community.

Mentor Match
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Timely Research on Methods and Applications

INFORMS publications include our membership magazine OR/MS Today, Analytics magazine, our student publication OR/MS Tomorrow, and 17 scholarly journals, including Operations Research and Management Science.

Publications Info
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Highlighting Outstanding Work

INFORMS grants prestigious prizes and awards for meritorious achievement that celebrate wide-ranging categories of achievement from teaching, writing, and practice to distinguished service to the Institute and the profession and contributions to society.

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Providing resources for future generations

INFORMS is dedicated to fostering growth in OR/MS and analytics through scholarship opportunities. By investing in students, INFORMS will establish a long and rewarding relationship between young professionals and the cornerstones of our industry.



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