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INFORMS Fellows

Awards galore: Nominations for most INFORMS awards are due in the spring and summer.

Awards galore: Nominations for most INFORMS awards are due in the spring and summer.

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 years 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, healthcare), 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; and
  • 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. Nominations are due by June 30.

All nomination materials should be submitted through the “Click here to submit your nomination” link on https://www.informs.org/Recognizing-Excellence/Fellows/INFORMS-Fellows-Nomination-Procedure. Please note that this is a new submission process this year. Questions may be directed to the committee chair or to INFORMS staff: 2018 committee chair: David Shmoys, Cornell University, david.shmoys@cornell.edu.

INFORMS staff contact: Tracy Cahall, tracy.cahall@informs.org

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. 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.

Nominations should be in the form of an 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. It is helpful to include the nominee’s curriculum vitae. Nominations are due by July 1.

See this page online for complete details:
https://www.informs.org/Recognizing-Excellence/INFORMS-Prizes/John-von-Neumann-Theory-Prize/John-von-Neumann-Theory-Prize-Application-Process

2018 committee chair: Sunil Kumar, Johns Hopkins University, lonathomas@jhu.edu

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.

All certificates read as follows: This award acknowledges its recipient’s dissertation as achieving the highest levels of innovation and relevance to the practice of operations research and the management sciences.

The George B. Dantzig Dissertation Award Committee is now accepting entries for the 2018 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 2018 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, 2017 and June 30, 2018) 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:

  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. The manager should be informed that they may be contacted by the committee members asking questions regarding the entrant’s research.
  3. 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.
  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.

All application materials should be submitted through the “Click here to submit your application” link on https://www.informs.org/Recognizing-Excellence/INFORMS-Prizes/George-B.-Dantzig-Dissertation-Award/George-B.-Dantzig-Dissertation-Award-Application-Process

2018 committee chair: Mor Armony, New York University. marmony@stern.nyu.edu

Lanchester Prize

Nominations are invited for the 2018 Lanchester Prize. This prize is awarded for the best contribution to operations research and the management sciences published in English in the past five years. The award will be given at the 2018 INFORMS Annual Meeting.

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 five 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, and
  • 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.

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, which will be distributed to committee members.

Nominations are due by June 15. Electronic versions of all letters should be submitted through the “Click here to submit your application” link on https://www.informs.org/Recognizing-Excellence/INFORMS-Prizes/Frederick-W.-Lanchester-Prize/Frederick-W.-Lanchester-Prize-Application-Process.

Hard copies of books may be sent to:

INFORMS, Attn: INFORMS Awards, 5521 Research Park Drive, Suite 200, Catonsville, MD 21228 U.S.A., informs@informs.org

The prize is $5,000 and a commemorative medallion. If there are multiple winners, a medallion is struck for each and the monetary award is shared equally. Each author of an Honorable Mention receives a certificate but no monetary award.

2018 committee chair: Assaf Zeevi, Columbia University, assaf@gsb.columbia.edu

George E. Kimball Medal

The George E. Kimball Medal is awarded for distinguished service to INFORMS and to the profession of operations research and management science. The Kimball Medal Committee is seeking nominations for the 2018 prize no later than July 31. Nominations are informal. You may nominate someone (including yourself) by sending an email to Committee Chair Terry Harrison (tharrison@psu.edu). Please include the name of your nominee, their current CV and a statement outlining the nominee’s service to INFORMS and the profession.

For complete details visit https://www.informs.org/Recognizing-Excellence/INFORMS-Prizes/George-E.-Kimball-Medal.

Impact Prize

The Impact Prize, awarded once every two years, is intended to recognize widespread impact in the practice of operations research. It may be awarded to an individual or a single set of collaborators. The award may be given for the original research (if these ideas have been widely adopted), and/or for special efforts required to bring the research to a practical form (e.g., implementation as a software package or the communication of a body of research through writings, teaching and consulting). The important criterion is breadth of use in practice and relevance to operations research. The technical assessment of the quality of the work is considered secondary to the degree to which it has been widely adopted.

Metrics for evaluating the impact of a given contribution could include, but needn’t be restricted to:

  • number of citations
  • number of patents, number of companies using the method
  • software sales or number of software package downloads
  • number of software competitors that emerged in the area
  • cumulative readership of the writings
  • number of relevant invited conference presentations or university seminars
  • number of students taught
  • number of consulting clients
  • evidence that approaches/paradigms fundamentally shifted after the contribution was made
  • The initial nomination should be brief (no more than a page) and should contain:
  • the name of the person or set of collaborators responsible for the contribution;
  • a brief summary of the idea or technology that is the basis of the award;
  • a description of the industry or practitioner population that uses the idea; and
  • the nature of the contribution made by the person or group being nominated (creator of the idea or technology).

Initial (brief) nominations are due by April 30. If a nomination is deemed promising, the nominator will be asked to provide additional information. Of particular importance will be documentation that a contribution is widely used. This can be in the form of testimonials of experts, estimates of the number of installations of a software package and possibly citations of a piece of research. Additional information may be requested to better understand the precise nature of an individual’s contribution.

Complete nominations are due by July 1. All nomination materials should be submitted by email to the chair: 2018 Committee Chair Susan M. Sanchez, Naval Postgraduate School, smsanche@nps.edu.

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 after June 1.
  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;
    c. in writing the paper.
  5. An entrant can be a (co-)author on 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.

Prizes will be awarded and finalists will be invited to present their papers at the 2018 INFORMS Annual Meeting.

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); and
  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.

Note that the faculty advisor must explicitly comment upon and specify the percentage of contribution of the student in (a) 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.

The student must also state whether or not this paper (or its lengthened/shortened form) has ever been submitted for publication, is currently under review or has been published. If so, the journal(s) and the outcome of the review or the current review stage(s) should be provided.

Entries are due by June 5.

All application materials should be submitted through the “Click here to submit your application” link on https://www.informs.org/Recognizing-Excellence/INFORMS-Prizes/George-Nicholson-Student-Paper-Competition/George-Nicholson-Student-Paper-Competition-Application-Process.

2018 Committee Co-Chairs: John Hasenbein, University of Texas-Austin, jhas@mail.utexas.edu; and Santanu Dey, Georgia Institute of Technology, santanu.dey@isye.gatech.edu

Prize for the Teaching of OR/MS Practice

The Prize for the Teaching of OR/MS Practice will be given annually 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 2018 INFORMS Annual Meeting. Nominations must be submitted by a nominator; self-nominations will not be considered. 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
  • be no longer than 20 pages in 12-point type.

Nominations are due by June 30. All nomination materials should be submitted through the “Click here to submit your application” link on https://www.informs.org/Recognizing-Excellence/INFORMS-Prizes/Prize-for-the-Teaching-of-the-OR-MS-Practice/Prize-for-Teaching-of-ORMS-Practice-Application-Process.

Nominators should alert the committee chair by email of forthcoming nominations at least one month before the deadline. Any questions should be directed to the 2018 committee chair: Andrew Manikas, University of Louisville, andrew.manikas@louisville.edu

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 ten 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 2018 INFORMS Annual Meeting.

Please see this page online for complete details: https://www.informs.org/Recognize-Excellence/INFORMS-Prizes/Saul-Gass-Expository-Writing-Award.

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 are due by July 1.

Written statements should be submitted through the “Click here to submit your application” link on https://www.informs.org/Recognizing-Excellence/INFORMS-Prizes/Saul-Gass-Expository-Writing-Award/Saul-Gass-Expository-Writing-Award-Application-Process.

2018 committee chair: Kevin McCardle, University of California, Los Angeles, kevin.mccardle@anderson.ucla.edu

Doing Good with Good OR Student Competition

The Doing Good with Good OR Competition encourages student research and practice that has societal impact. The 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. 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.
  5. Any work with positive societal impact that has been completed within the last three years (class project, thesis research, independent study, internship, voluntary work) is eligible unless it has already received an INFORMS award.

Nominations are due by May 8.

All application materials should be submitted through the “Click here to submit your application” link on https://www.informs.org/Recognizing-Excellence/INFORMS-Prizes/Doing-Good-with-Good-OR-Student-Paper-Competition/Doing-Good-with-Good-OR-Application-Process

Finalists will be announced in June and must submit a full paper (maximum of 25 pages, double spaced, 12-point font) describing the project and its outcomes by Aug. 29. The competition winner will be selected at the 2018 INFORMS Annual Meeting.

2018 committee co-chairs: Gemma Berenguer, Purdue University, gemmabf@purdue.edu; and Mehmet Ayvaci, University of Texas at Dallas, Mehmet.ayvaci@utdallas.edu

INFORMS Undergraduate Operations Research Prize

The INFORMS 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 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 through the “Click here to submit your application” link on https://www.informs.org/Recognizing-Excellence/INFORMS-Prizes/Undergraduate-Operations-Research-Prize/Undergraduate-Operations-Research-Prize-Application-Process

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, 2017 and June 15, 2018, and the following eligibility criteria must be met by the entrants and their submitted articles:

  • The research must have been conducted during the entrants’ undergraduate enrollment(s).
  • An entrant can be a co-author in at most one paper submitted to this year’s competition.
  • 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, 2018. Interested candidates may visit link below to learn important details about the competition such as the eligibility requirements and evaluation criteria:

https://www.informs.org/Recognizing-Excellence/INFORMS-Prizes/Undergraduate-Operations-Research-Prize/Undergraduate-Operations-Research-Prize-Application-Process

2018 committee chair: Jennifer Pazour, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, pazouj@rpi.edu.

Seth Bonder Scholarship in Military Applications

The Military Applications Society (MAS) of INFORMS is seeking nominations for the 2018 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, visit the award web page: https://www.informs.org/Recognize-Excellence/Community-Prizes-and-Awards/Military-Applications-Society/Seth-Bonder-Scholarship-for-Applied-Operations-Research-in-Military-Applications/Bonder-Scholarship-Application-Process.

Submit applications and letters of support as PDFs by July 1 to Col. Andrew O. Hall at Andrew.hall@usma.edu.

Seth Bonder Scholarship in Applied Health Services

The INFORMS Health Applications Society (HAS) is seeking nominations/applications to 2018 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 2018 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 and must consist of the following documents:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. A one-page career goals statement describing why the candidate is interested in applying operations research to healthcare issues and problems.
  4. 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 document.

All applicants should expect to be notified with the results of the competition in August 2018. 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: https://www.informs.org/Recognize-Excellence/Community-Prizes-and-Awards/Health-Applications-Society/Seth-Bonder-Scholarship-for-Applied-Operations-Research-in-Health-Services/Seth-Bonder-Scholarship-for-Applied-Operations-Research-in-Health-Services-Application-Process.

Any questions and all application materials should be sent to:
2018 committee chair: Burhan Sandikci, University of Chicago, Burhaneddin.sandikci@chicagobooth.edu

Case and Teaching Materials Competition

INFORMS is pleased to announce its 18th 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 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 2018. Finalists will give 30-minute presentations of their entries at a special open session of the 2018 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Ariz. The panel of judges will select the winning entry from the finalists based on their presentations. Finalists must present their cases at the Annual 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. 3,000 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.

Submissions and supporting documentation are due by August 3.

All application materials should be submitted through the “Click here to submit your application” link on https://www.informs.org/Recognizing-Excellence/INFORMS-Prizes/Case-and-Teaching-Materials-Competition/Application-Process.

2018 committee chair: Palaniappa Krishnan (aka PK), University of Delaware, baba@udel.edu

Volunteer Service Award

The Volunteer Service Award recognizes exceptional volunteer service to INFORMS. Nominations 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 has not received the award within the past three years.

Nominees will be judged by the following criteria: impact within INFORMS, engagement level throughout term of service and time commitment of volunteer service.

The award is given based on service performed to INFORMS in the previous year (July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018). In addition to the nominations, the selection committee will also review volunteer data provided by INFORMS and select winners from among that list.

Nominations are due by June 30. Nominations must be submitted through the “Click here to submit your application” link on https://www.informs.org/Recognizing-Excellence/INFORMS-Prizes/Volunteer-Service-Award.

2018 committee chair: Ruben Proano, Rochester Institute of Technology, rpmeie@rit.edu

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