Call for nominations: INFORMS prizes & awards


INFORMS Fellows are examples of outstanding lifetime achievement in operations research and the management sciences. They have demonstrated exceptional accomplishments and made significant contributions to the advancement of OR/MS over a period of time.

A nominee for the Fellow Award must be a current full member or retired member of INFORMS and must have been a full or retired member for at least 10 years, not necessarily consecutive. However, long-term membership in INFORMS or ORSA or TIMS more than 10 years ago may mitigate a membership gap of a year or two during the last 10 at the discretion of the Organizing Committee.

Officers and other Board members of INFORMS, and INFORMS staff members, may not nominate or be nominees while holding such positions, unless the individual has been ineligible to nominate or be a nominee for five or more consecutive years as a result of this restriction. Members of the Fellow Selection Committee may not nominate or serve as references.

The contributions of a nominee will be evaluated in each of the following five categories; contributions must be outstanding in at least one category:

  • Research: includes theoretical, empirical, or computational innovations in OR/MS;
  • Practice: includes substantial application of OR/MS to significant practical problems;
  • Management: includes significant responsibility for and direction of the development and application of OR/MS techniques and knowledge, within an organization of any type (e.g. academic, for-profit, nonprofit, governmental, military, health care), over an extended period of time, that have had a major impact internal and/or external to the organization;
  • Education: includes activities that had significant impact on the growth and development of OR/MS education;
  • Service: includes significant work over an extended period of time on behalf of INFORMS and its functions and/or significant contributions that advanced the stature and recognition of the OR/MS profession.

A nomination shall be prepared by a full or a retired member of INFORMS (the nominator). The nominator is responsible for securing exactly three persons to serve as references for the nominee. At least one of the references must be an INFORMS Fellow and the remaining references should be current regular or retired members of INFORMS. Members of the Selection Committee may not serve as references. The nominator and at most one of the reference letters can be from the same institution as the nominee. A maximum of four reference letters, including the letter from the nominator, may be submitted.

For more details on eligibility, criteria, and nomination and selection procedures, please visit

Complete nominations are due by June 30, 2017 to:
INFORMS Attn: Fellows Nominations
5521 Research Park Drive,
Suite 200, Catonsville, Maryland 21228, U.S.A.

John von Neumann Theory Prize

The John von Neumann Theory Prize is awarded annually to a scholar (or scholars in the case of joint or related 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 or related 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 email) 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. Please compress electronic files if 10 MB.

Nominations should be submitted to the committee chair (see below) as soon as possible, but no later than July 1, 2017.

Please see this page online for complete details:
2017 Committee Chair: Avishai Mandelbaum, Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management, Technion, Haifa 32000, Israel


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. This 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 2017 award. The award for the best OR/MS dissertation serves to promote greater interaction between academia and industry by encouraging researchers to conduct innovative research that is relevant to practice in any area of operations research and management science. 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 2017 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, 2016 and June 30, 2017) 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, 2017:

  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 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.
  3. A summary of the dissertation (less than 5 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.
  4. 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.

See this page online for complete details:
2017 Committee Chair: Wedad Elmaghraby, University of Maryland, R. H. Smith School of Business, College Park, MD 20742.
In addition, the signed originals of the letters of recommendation should be mailed, postmarked on or before June 30, 2017 to: INFORMS, Attention: INFORMS Awards, 5521 Research Park Drive, Suite 200, Catonsville, MD 21228, U.S.A.


Lanchester Prize

Nominations are invited for the 2017 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 2017 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: 1) a nominating letter specifying the work being nominated and explaining why it is deserving of the Lanchester Prize; 2) supporting letters, if desired; 3) 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, 2017, are to be sent to: INFORMS, Attn: INFORMS Awards, 5521 Research Park Drive, Suite 200, Catonsville, MD 21228, U.S.A.
2017 Committee Chair: Dan Adelman, Charles I. Clough, Jr. Professor of Operations Management, The University of Chicago, Booth School of Business,5807 S Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, IL 60637.


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:

  • The entrant must have been a student on or after June 1 of the previous year under consideration.
  • The paper must present original research results (a summary of multiple papers is not eligible).
  • The research must have been conducted while the entrant was a student.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The paper must not have won a prize (1st or 2nd) in a previous Nicholson Competition.

Prizes will be awarded and finalists will be invited to present their papers at the 2017 INFORMS Annual Meeting.
All student entrants must register for an EasyChair account through:

Once registered, entrants should use the submission page:

Please see this page online for complete details:

All entries must be submitted to EasyChair no later than June 5, 2017. Applicants are strongly advised to check the INFORMS website for submission information.

2017 Committee Chair: Dr. J. Cole Smith, Professor and Chair, Industrial Engineering, Clemson University, 100B Freeman Hall, Clemson, SC 29634, U.S.A.


Prize for the Teaching of OR/MS Practice

The 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 2017 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.
  • Be no longer than 20 pages in 12-point type.

See this page online for complete details:

Nominators should alert the committee chair by email of forthcoming nominations at least one month before the submission deadline of June 30, 2017. Any questions should also be directed to the committee chair. The nomination should be submitted as a PDF file attachment to an email to the committee chair.

2017 Committee Chair: Andrew Manikas, Assistant Professor, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40292, U.S.A.

In addition, one copy of the nomination should be sent to the INFORMS office: INFORMS Attention: INFORMS Awards, 5521 Research Park Drive, Suite 200, Catonsville, MD 21228, U.S.A.


Saul Gass Expository Writing Award

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

This 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. Enough of the publications in question 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 2017 INFORMS Annual Meeting.

Please see this page online 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, 2017 to:
2017 Committee Chair: Prof. Noah Gans, OID Dept.-Wharton, Univ. of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6340.

Doing Good with Good OR - Student 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.

Submission process:

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. 60-word abstract of the achievement
  4. Submissions should be e-mailed to either of the Prize Competition co-chairs listed below.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

Please see this page online for complete details:

INFORMS must receive completed submissions for this competition by May 8, 2017. The finalists will be announced by June 16, 2017 and must submit no later than Aug. 29, 2017 a full paper (maximum of 25 pages) describing the project and its outcomes. The competition winner will be selected at the 2017 INFORMS Annual Meeting.

2017 Committee Co-Chairs: Jonathan Helm, Indiana University, Kelley School of Business, Bloomington, IN 47405.


Turgay Ayer, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332

Undergraduate Operations Research Prize

The Undergraduate Operations Research Prize Competition is held each year to honor a student or groups of students who conducted original and significant theoretical and/or applied research in the field of operations research or management science during their undergraduate enrollments. The prize is given each year at the INFORMS Annual Meeting if there is a suitable recipient.

Winner(s) of the competition will share a prize of $500 in addition to receiving travel support to the INFORMS Annual Meeting. All finalists of the competition will be invited to present their research in designated Undergraduate Research Showcase sessions at the INFORMS Annual Meeting.

Applications are due by June 15, 2017 and must consist of the following documents:

  1. Article co-authored by the entrant(s): An original research paper from the entrants’ project or work (no need to be published) presenting the problem, methods used and results reached. One or more faculty, and doctoral student(s) or post-doctoral advisor(s) may appear as co-authors of the article, but the first author must be the entrant(s) as they must have made substantial contribution to the project and to the writing of the paper with only minor editorial assistance.
  2. Reference letter: A brief letter (not exceeding two-pages) by the entrants’ research advisor or another faculty member familiar with the entrants’ work confirming the entrants’ eligibility and detailing their contribution to the research. To encourage submissions involving multidisciplinary research, the faculty advisor need not be an INFORMS member.

All applications including reference letters should be submitted to:

An entrant to the competition is defined as any co-authors of the submitted article who were enrolled as undergraduate students for at least one academic term between June 15, 2016 and June 15, 2017, and the following eligibility criteria must be met by the entrants and their submitted articles:

  1. The research must have been conducted during the entrants’ undergraduate enrollment(s).
  2. An entrant can be a co-author in at most one paper submitted to this year’s competition.
  3. The article must not be awarded by a prize in a previous year of this competition.

The criteria for review will be based on the significance of the work, creative and novel use of modeling and/or solution methodology using operations research techniques, promise of the research for future work in the field of operations research and the quality of the writing of the article in terms of its coherency and the clarity of exposition. The work may be building a different modeling approach to an established problem or providing a new insight into an emerging or important problem. Demonstration of substantial value for project sponsors (if there is any) is also a plus in evaluation.

All applicants should expect to be notified with the results of the competition by Aug.31, 2017. Interested candidates may visit link below to learn important details about the competition such as the eligibility requirements and evaluation criteria:

All further questions about the award should be addressed to the committee chair Murat Kurt at the email address

Bonder Scholarship in Health Services

INFORMS Health Applications Society (HAS) is seeking nominations/applications to 2017 Bonder Scholarship for Applied Operations Research in Health Services. The purpose of the scholarship is to promote the development and application of process modeling and operations research analyses to health care design, delivery and operations by identifying young and promising researchers during their doctoral studies.

The scholarship offers a research fund of $4,000, and the opportunity to apply for an additional support of $1,000 to cover expenses that will be incurred during the winner’s travel to 2017 INFORMS Annual Meeting. Starting with the year after the award is won; the winner also becomes eligible to apply for further research funds that are annually offered by Seth Bonder Research Foundation exclusively to former Bonder Scholars. Bonder Scholars also find the privilege to speak and disseminate their research in designated “Bonder Scholars” sessions at INFORMS Annual Meetings.

Doctoral students building creative work with strong academic rigor and/or practical relevance at the crossroads of operations research/operations management and healthcare are all encouraged to apply. Applications are due by June 1, 2017, and must consist of the following documents:

  • A detailed curriculum vitae of the applicant which must include the applicant’s complete educational history with dates (in months and years) of enrollment in graduate studies.
  • Two letters of support one of which is expected to be from the applicant’s main academic advisor (or dissertation committee chair) and this letter must include a statement that the applicant has completed at least one academic year but no more than three academic years in any doctoral program. Applicants’ reference providers should separately address their nominations/support letters to the email address provided below subject to the same deadline set for the applicants.
  • A one-page career goals statement describing why the candidate is interested in applying operations research to healthcare issues and problems.
  • A three-page summary of proposed program of research including all graphics and technical supplements (the three-page limit does not include the references to be cited therein). Applicants should pay special attention to delineating the completed and projected contributions of their doctoral studies within this three-page document.

All applications, support letters and additional required materials should be submitted to:

All applicants should expect to be notified with the results of the competition by Aug. 10, 2017. The scholarship will be granted on the basis of excellence, innovation, candidate’s preparation to undertake the proposed program of research, and likelihood of success in his/her projected plan. Interested candidates may visit link below to learn important details such as the eligibility requirements and evaluation criteria:

All further questions about the award should be addressed to the committee chair Murat Kurt at the email address

Bonder Scholarship in Military Applications

The Military Applications Society (MAS) of INFORMS is seeking nominations for the 2017 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.

For important details, please visit the award web page:

Submit applications and letters of support as pdfs by July 1, 2017, to Chris Arney at

Case and Teaching Materials Competition

INFORMS is pleased to announce its Seventeenth 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. 4, 2017. All cases will be reviewed 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 the end of August 2017. Finalists will give 30-minute presentations of their entries at a special open session of the 2017 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Houston, Texas. The panel of judges will select the winning entry from these finalists based on these presentations. Finalists must present their cases at the Annual Meeting to be eligible to win.

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.

For more information, contact Palaniappa Krishnan, aka PK, at

Volunteer Service Award

The Volunteer Service Award recognizes exceptional volunteer service to INFORMS. Awards will be distributed at the Distinguished Service level, the Meritorious Service level, and the Service level.

Nominations are due on June 30, 2017. They will be accepted for volunteers who meet the following eligibility criteria: current INFORMS member; at least one year of volunteer service to INFORMS; not a current or incoming Board member; and as not received the award within the past three years.

The award is given based on service performed to INFORMS in the previous one year (July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017). Up to 20 volunteers may be awarded. In addition to the nominations, the selection committee may also choose to review volunteer data provided by INFORMS and select winners from among that list.

For details, see

2017 Committee Chair: Dr. Lauren Davis, North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC 27411.