INFORMS NEWS: INFORMS Professional Colloquium

The INFORMS Professional Colloquium (IPC) will be held April 7 in conjunction with the 2013 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics & Operations Research in San Antonio, Texas. The IPC is a part of the conference program that is particularly targeted for graduate students aspiring to seek an industry position. The colloquium is a full-day workshop consisting of talks, panel discussions and role-play sessions organized by O.R. leaders and practitioners from diverse industry segments. The activities in the colloquium are not only designed to help participants transition into a successful industry career, but are also an excellent networking avenue where students can interact with the O.R. leaders and practitioners.

With the conference just a couple of months away, the 2013 IPC committee is inviting nominations for students to take part in the INFORMS Professional Colloquium. Students selected to attend the colloquium will get a discounted registration to the conference and may be considered for limited funding to cover the travel and hotel expenses. College and university professors are encouraged to recommend a graduate student (master’s or Ph.D.) from their department who might be interested in attending this colloquium. More information about the IPC and the nomination process can be found at:

The deadline for nominations is March 1.

Benefits of the IPC include:

  • Selected participants receive an almost 60 percent reduction of the conference registration fee to $394.
  • Financial aid opportunities are available but limited. Check to see if your school or company has funds to help cover travel costs.
  • Attendance to all events at the three-day conference.
  • Facilitated learning and networking with established researchers.
  • Networking with peers to build a future professional network.
  • Access to Analytics Connect, a premier career event, providing connections to employers.
  • Exploration of the “softer” and higher level skills necessary for success in business and industry.
  • Exclusivity – not everyone is accepted. Organizers wish to keep the IPC small, impactful and intimate.

Benefits for nominating organizations include:

  • Increasing the visibility of your company or university.
  • Increasing the overall vitality of the profession so we can continue to attract the very best individuals.
  • Providing young researchers and students with a jump-start to a lucrative and enjoyable career.

The IPC committee thanks the following sponsors (as of Jan. 17): Analytics Section of INFORMS, BNSF Railway, Innovative Scheduling, PROS, Women in OR/MS Section of INFORMS, SAS and UPS.
Consider sponsoring IPC to increase the level of support IPC can provide to the accepted nominees. Questions about the IPC nomination process or sponsorships should be directed to Sandy Owens (, 401-330-9956).