INFORMS NEWS: Call for nominations

John von Neumann Theory Prize

The John von Neumann Theory Prize is awarded annually to a scholar (or scholars in the case of joint work) who has made fundamental, sustained contributions to theory in operations research and the management sciences. The award is given each year at the INFORMS Annual Meeting if there is a suitable recipient. Although the prize is normally given to a single individual, in the case of accumulated joint work, the recipients can be multiple individuals.

The prize is awarded for a body of work, typically published over a period of several years. Although recent work should not be excluded, the prize typically reflects contributions that have stood the test of time. The criteria for the prize are broad, and include significance, innovation, depth and scientific excellence.

The award is $5,000, a medallion and a citation.

The prize committee is currently seeking nominations, which should be in the form of a letter (preferably e-mail) addressed to the prize committee chair (below), highlighting the nominee’s accomplishments. Although the letter need not contain a detailed account of the nominee’s research, it should document the overall nature of his or her contributions and their impact on the profession, with particular emphasis on the prize’s criteria. The nominee’s curriculum vitae, while not mandatory, would be helpful.

Nominations should be submitted to the committee chair (see below) as soon as possible, but no later than June 1, 2013.

For complete details, visit:
2013 committee chair: Yinyu Ye, Stanford University, Huang Engineering Center 308, 475 Via Ortega, Stanford, CA 94305-4121 USA; voice: 1-650-723-7262; fax: 1-650-723-1614; e-mail:

George B. Dantzig Dissertation Award

The George B. Dantzig Award is given for the best dissertation in any area of operations research and the management sciences that is innovative and relevant to practice. The award has been established to encourage academic research that combines theory and practice and stimulates greater interaction between doctoral students (and their advisors) and the world of practice. The award is given at the INFORMS Annual Meeting.

The George B. Dantzig Dissertation Award Committee is now accepting entries for the 2013 award. The first- and second-place winners will receive awards of $800 and $400, respectively. Additional finalists will receive honorable mentions with $100 awards. Prizes will be awarded at the 2013 INFORMS Annual Meeting.

Each entry must:

  1. Consist of a doctoral dissertation written primarily by the entrant no more than 15 months prior to the submission deadline (completed between March 31, 2012 and June 30, 2013) and not previously submitted.
  2. Present original ideas obtained predominantly by the entrant.
  3. Clearly illustrate and demonstrate the relevance of the work in practice and the potential impact in industry.

Entrants should collect and submit the following items by June 30, 2013:

  1. A letter of recommendation from the entrant’s thesis advisor that describes the significance of the research and comments on the originality of the work.
  2. A letter of recommendation from an industry associate that describes the relevance and the potential
  3. benefits of the research in their organization. This letter must be written by a manager familiar with the research who has served as an advisor to the research or as a coordinator to the on-site research project. The manager should be informed that they might be contacted by the committee members asking questions regarding the entrant’s research.
  4. A summary of the dissertation (less than five double-spaced pages) highlighting the significance of the problem, the novelty of the methodological approach, the contribution of the research to industry and the scope of the dissertation.
  5. A self-contained paper (less than 25 double-spaced pages) based on the thesis so that the award committee can evaluate the contribution of the work.

Entrants should send the above items in an e-mail (subject line beginning with “Dantzig” and items as separate PDF files) to the chair of the George B. Dantzig Dissertation Award.

For complete details, visit:

2013 committee chair: O. Zeynep Aksin Karaesmen, associate professor, Koc University, Rumeli Feneri Yolu Sariyer, 34450 Istanbul, Turkey; office: 90 212 338 1545; fax: 90 212 338 1653; e-mail:

In addition, the signed originals of the letters of recommendation should be mailed on or before June 30, 2013 to: INFORMS, Attention: Courtney Biefeld, 7240 Parkway Drive, Suite 300, Hanover, MD 21076 USA; voice: +1 800-446-3676; e-mail:

Lanchester Prize

Nominations are invited for the 2013 Lanchester Prize. This prize is awarded for the best contribution to operations research and the management sciences published in English in the past three years. The award will be given at the 2013 INFORMS Annual Meeting, if there is a suitable recipient.

To be eligible, a book, a paper, or a group of books or papers must meet the following requirements:

  • It must be on an operations research/management science subject.
  • It must have been published in one of the preceding three years or, in the case of a group, at least one member of the group must have been published in one of those years.
  • It must be written in the English language.
  • It must have appeared in the open literature.

Books or papers may be case histories, reports of research representing new results, or primarily synthesis. For any nominated set (group of either articles or books) published over more than one year, it is expected that each element in the set is part of one continuous effort, such as a multi-year project or a continuously written, multi-volume book.

To be eligible for consideration, each book or paper must be nominated to the committee. Anyone may make nominations. The committee will use the following criteria in making judgments:

  • The extent to which the contribution advances the state of the art of operations research and the management sciences.
  • The originality of the ideas or methods.
  • The new areas of application it opens up.
  • The degree to which existing theory or method is unified or simplified.
  • The clarity and excellence of the exposition.
  • The degree to which the contribution provides value for future applications, or enables improved practice.

A nomination consists of:

  • A nominating letter specifying the work being nominated and explaining why it is deserving of the Lanchester Prize. Nominating letters must include the titles of paper(s) or book(s), author(s), and the place and date of publication.
  • Supporting letters, if desired. Supporting statements bearing on the worth of the publication in terms of the six criteria above will be very helpful, but are not required.
  • Six copies of the work.

See this page online for complete details:
The prize is $5,000 and a commemorative medallion.

Nominations, by June 15, 2013, should be sent to: INFORMS, Attn: Courtney Biefeld, 7240 Parkway Drive, Suite 300, Hanover, MD 21076 USA; e-mail:
2013 committee chair: Garrett van Ryzin, Paul M. Montrone Professor, Columbia University, 412 Uris Hall, Graduate School of Business, 3022 Broadway, New York, NY 10027; voice: (212) 854-4280; fax: (212) 316-9180; e-mail:

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.
The following conditions must be met for eligibility:

  1. The entrant must have been a student on or before June 1 of the previous year under consideration.
  2. The paper must present original research results (a summary of multiple papers is not eligible).
  3. The research must have been conducted while the entrant was a student.
  4. One or more advisors may appear as co-authors of a paper, but the student’s contributions must make up the majority of the paper. The advisor (or nominator) must explicitly comment upon and specify in a letter the percentage of contribution of the student:
    a.     in defining the problem and initiating the research that resulted in the paper;
    b.     in conducting the research itself that resulted in the paper; and
    c.    in writing the paper.
  5. An entrant can be a (co-)author in at most one paper submitted to the competition. More than one entrant per paper is allowed as long as they are eligible.
  6. The paper must not have won a prize (1st or 2nd) in a previous Nicholson Competition.
  7. The entire paper (including title, abstract, authors names and affiliations, bibliography, appendices, figures, etc.) must not exceed 25 pages.

Prizes will be awarded and finalists will be invited to present their papers at the 2013 INFORMS Annual Meeting.

Submission: All student entrants must register for an easychair account through:
Once registered, entrants should use the submission page:

A complete entry consists of:

  1. an electronic pdf file of one self-contained paper in the specified format (papers not satisfying the format will not be accepted);
  2. an electronic pdf file of a letter (the required attachment) signed by both a faculty advisor and the entrant attesting that the seven eligibility conditions have been satisfied by the entrant and the paper.

For complete details, visit:
All entries must be submitted to EasyChair no later than June 5, 2013.

Applicants are strongly advised to check the INFORMS Webs site for submission information.

2013 committee co-chairs:
Prof. Jose Blanchet, assistant professor, Columbia University, 500 West 120th Street, 340 Mudd Building, New York, NY 10027 USA; voice: (212) 851-0796; e-mail:
Prof. Huseyin Topaloglu, Cornell University, 223 Rhodes Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853 USA; voice: (607) 225-0698; e-mail:

INFORMS Prize for the Teaching of OR/MS Practice

The INFORMS Prize for the Teaching of OR/MS Practice will be given annually, if there is a suitable recipient, to a university or college teacher for excellence in teaching the practice of OR/MS. The purpose of this award is to recognize a teacher who has succeeded in helping his or her students to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to be effective practitioners of operations research or the management sciences. An “effective practitioner” has respect for, understanding of, and the skills to surmount both the practical difficulties and the technical challenges of doing good OR/MS work.

The award will be presented at the 2013 INFORMS Annual Meeting. Nominations may be provided either by a nominator or the nominee. Nominations should include:

  • nominee’s name, affiliation, address, telephone, fax, e-mail;
  • a short (250-500 words) description, abstract, or philosophical statement about the course or pedagogical approach;
  • description(s) of specific projects, cases, or scenarios used;
  • statements of support from past students who are now in practice;
  • statements of support from industrial sponsors and/or qualified observers and/or supervisors of students now in practice; and
  • no longer than 20 pages in 12-point type.

See this page online for complete details:
Nominators should alert the committee chair by e-mail of forthcoming nominations at least one month before the submission deadline of June 30, 2013. Any questions should also be directed to the committee chair. The nomination should be submitted as a PDF file attachment to an -mail to the committee chair: 2013 Committee Chair, Jeffrey Kline, Professor of Practice, Naval Postgraduate School, 1411 Cunningham Road, Rm 236, Monterey, CA 93908; voice: (831) 656-7949; e-mail:

In addition, one copy of the nomination should be sent to the INFORMS office: INFORMS, Attention: Courtney Biefeld, 7240 Parkway Drive, Suite 300, Hanover, MD 21076; voice: +1 443-757-3525;

INFORMS Expository Writing Award

The INFORMS Expository Writing Award honors an operations researcher/management scientist whose publications demonstrate a consistently high standard of expository writing.

The award recognizes an author whose publications in operations research and management science have set an exemplary standard of exposition. The awardee’s written work, published over a period of at least 10 years, should indicate (in terms of breadth of readership) an influence and accessibility enhanced by expository excellence. Criteria include the lucidity, conciseness, logic and interest of the writing at all levels, from the general organization to the details. The author must have affected, through these publications, how something is done, studied, taught, or thought about by some group within the OR/MS community.

The written work can contain any combination of practical, theoretical and pedagogical subject matter, and may be original, synthetic or historical. The corpus as a whole must be substantial in content, not necessarily prize-worthy in itself, but not trivial.

The publications in question can be books or papers in any combination, although enough of them must have been singly authored to demonstrate the awardee’s expository skill. A team of authors writing together consistently over many years may also be considered for the award.

The winner will receive $2,000 and a framed certificate that includes a brief citation at the 2013 INFORMS Annual Meeting.

See this page for complete details:
A nomination will consist of a written statement from a single individual of no more than 1,000 words. A nominator should consist of a single individual, who is a member of INFORMS, who has expertise in, or close to, the expertise of the nominee. Nominations should include references to examples of the nominee’s expository writing, as well as evidence of the influence these works have had on the OR/MS profession.

Nominations must be sent by July 1, 2013 to: 2013 Committee Chair, Edward H Kaplan, William N. and Marie A. Beach Professor of Management Science, Yale School of Management, Box 208200; New Haven, CT 06520-8200; voice: (203) 432-6031; e-mail:

Doing Good with Good O.R. - Student Competition

INFORMS is again sponsoring a competition to encourage student research and practice that has societal impact. The “Doing Good with Good O.R. 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.

Submission process:

  • Nomination letter by the partner organization or a faculty member describing the societal impact of the work and the portion of the work (including the project duration) solely completed by the student entrant(s) during the time they were enrolled full-time in a degree-granting program.
  • Two-or three-page summary document that describes what the entrants accomplished (focusing on the societal impact and the centrality of the operations research and management science tools used).
  • 60-word abstract of the achievement
  • Submissions should be e-mailed to either of the Prize Competition co-chairs listed below.
  • Entrants will be expected to report on a project done in partnership with an organization that can certify that the results of the project have had, or are likely to have, a significant societal impact.
  • Any work with positive societal impact that has been completed within the last 3 years (class project, thesis research, independent study, internship, voluntary work) is eligible unless it has already received an INFORMS award.

See this page for complete details:
INFORMS must receive completed submissions for this competition by May 15, 2013. The finalists will be announced by June 30, 2013 and must submit no later than Sept. 20, 2013 a full paper (maximum of 25 pages, double spaced, 12-point font) describing the project and its outcomes. The competition winner will be selected at the 2013 INFORMS Annual Meeting.

2013 Committee Co-Chairs:
Laura McLay, Associate Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1015 Floyd Ave, Box 843083, Richmond, VA 23116; e-mail:; voice: +1 (804) 828-5842; fax: +1 (804) 828-8785
Jérémie Gallien, London Business School, Regent’s Park, London, NW1 4SA, United Kingdom; e-mail:; voice: +44 (0)20 7000 8809

INFORMS 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 National Meeting if there is a suitable recipient.

To enter, eligible participants should submit a paper to the Committee Chair by July 1, 2013. 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.

The following conditions must be met for eligibility.

  1. Entrants must submit a paper (can be previously published or unpublished) presenting original research results.
  2. The entrants are defined to be any co-authors on this paper who were enrolled as undergraduate students for at least one term within the 12 months prior to the award submission deadline in the year the paper is submitted for consideration, and who were undergraduate students at the time the project or research was conducted. The student(s) must have made a substantial contribution to the project and been the primary author(s) of the paper with only minor editorial assistance.
  3. One or more faculty, graduate student or post-doctoral advisors may appear as co-authors of a paper, but at least one student entrant must be the first author.
  4. A brief statement confirming the entrants’ eligibility and detailing the entrants’ contribution to the research should be submitted by the entrants’ research advisor or another faculty member familiar with the entrants’ work. To encourage cross-discipline submissions, the faculty advisor need not be an INFORMS member.
  5. An entrant can be a (co-)author in at most one paper submitted to the competition.
  6. The paper must not have won a prize in a previous year of this competition.

The entire paper (including bibliography, appendices, figures, etc.) must not exceed 25 pages and, except for those containing references, each page should contain no more than 35 lines of text. Attached to the paper should be an abstract of the work, not to exceed 100 words. This abstract will be used in the program for the Undergraduate Research Showcase session of the INFORMS Annual Meeting.

The criteria for review include:

  1. For applied projects: Is the work significant? Did it require the clever use of OR methodology, and did it create substantial value for the project sponsor?
  2. For research: Is the research novel? For example, does it address a new problem (theoretical or applied) of interest to the broader O.R. community, does it present a novel solution or modeling approach to an established problem, or does it provide new insight into an important problem?
  3. Does the students’ work demonstrate creativity and promise for future work in the field of operations research?
  4. Writing quality: Is the writing coherent, fluid and adhering to a clear structure? Is the problem clearly explained and motivated? Is terminology clearly defined and notation consistent with accepted conventions?

Entries must be submitted by e-mail to the Committee Chair by July 1, 2013.

See this page online for complete details:
2013 Committee Chair: Dr Itir Z. Karaesmen, American University, Kogod School of Business, Room 212, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20016; voice: (202) 885-1948; e-mail:

Bonder Scholarships

The Military Applications Society (MAS) of INFORMS is seeking nominations for the 2013 Bonder Scholarship for Applied Operations Research in Military Applications. The purpose of this scholarship for applied O.R. in military applications is to promote the development and application of process modeling and operations research analysis to military issues. The scholarship provides funding to support the development of highly qualified individuals and promote the interchange of military O.R. research knowledge with INFORMS. The Bonder Scholarship consists of a grant of $4,000, plus award winner eligibility for up to $1,000 of travel funding. An additional $2,000 grant is provided and funded by the Seth Bonder Foundation. Additional information is here:
Submit applications and letters of support as pdfs by June 1, 2013, to Greg Parlier,

The Health Care Applications Society is seeking nominations for the 2013 Bonder Scholarship for Applied Operations Research in Health Services. Like the Bonder Scholarship in military applications, the scholarship is $4,000, and the opportunity to apply for an additional $1,000 travel grant. An additional $2,000 grant is provided and funded by the Seth Bonder Foundation. Additional information is here:
Send applications and additional required materials by June 15, 2013 to Beste Kucukyazici at All applicants will be notified by Sept. 1, 2013 of the competition results.

INFORMS Case Competition

INFORMS is pleased to announce its Fourteenth Annual Peer-Reviewed Case Competition. This competition is jointly sponsored by INFORMS Education Committee and INFORM-ED. It is designed to encourage the creation, dissemination, and use of new, unpublished cases in operations research and the management sciences. All submissions and supporting documentation are due by Aug. 26, 2013. All cases will be reviewed in early September by a panel of judges familiar with the case method.

Up to four finalists will be selected and notified by the Chair of the Case Competition by Sept.13, 2013. Finalists will give 30-minute presentations of their entries at a special open session of the 2013 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, Minn. The panel of judges will select the winning entry from these finalists based on these presentations. Finalists must present their cases at the Fall 2013 INFORMS Meeting to be eligible to win.

Guidelines for submitted cases are:

  1. No more than 10 pages (8.5” x 11.0”) single-spaced (maximum of approx. 3000 words); shorter cases are acceptable.
  2. Exhibits are in addition to page limit.
  3. Teaching notes of length as necessary to meet content expected.
  4. A 12-point proportional font (such as Times New Roman) with 1-inch margins.
  5. All submitted cases must be previously unpublished. Cases should be essentially new in their entirety. If the case contains material drafted originally by individuals or groups other than the author(s) submitting the case, then the intellectual history and ownership of these portions should be made absolutely clear. Contestants are responsible for assuring that this guideline is strictly met.

A complete submission package will consist of the following:

  1. One electronic copy of a short (250-500 words) abstract, the case and teaching notes sent in a zipped file. The abstract should appear by itself on the second page and identify the industry, business issues, technical issues, pedagogical objectives, and suggested uses of the case. The case, any exhibits, and then the teaching notes should follow.
  2. A completed Case Competition Submission Form.

Prizes include $500 and plaque to the best case and $100 and plaque for up to three runners-up.
For more information, contact
Palaniappa Krishnan, aka PK, at