Nicholson Student Paper Competition

Presenters Uday Shanbhag (left) and Kavita Ramanan (second from left) congratulate George Nicholson Student Paper Competition winner Daniel Russo of Stanford (second from right) as INFORMS President Steve Robinson (far right) looks on.

Presenters Uday Shanbhag (left) and Kavita Ramanan (second from left) congratulate George Nicholson Student Paper Competition winner Daniel Russo of Stanford (second from right) as INFORMS President Steve Robinson (far right) looks on.

Daniel Russo of Stanford University won the 2014 George E. Nicholson Student Paper Competition for his paper, “Learning to Optimize via Information-Directed Sampling.”

Committee co-chairs Kavita Ramanan of Brown University and Uday Shanbhag of Penn State University announced the winner at the INFORMS Annual Meeting San Francisco.

The competition is held each year to honor of outstanding papers in the field of operations research and the management sciences written by a student.

Award finalists included Santiago Balseiro of Duke University, James Davis of Cornell University and Antonie Desir of Columbia University.