Public Sector OR Best Paper Competition

2014 Best Paper Award
Call for Submissions

The submission process consists of the following:

  • A nomination letter of less than three pages explaining the relevance of the paper to PSOR’s mission and the paper’s significance to research and/or practice, including an abstract of the paper. (Self-nominations are allowed.) If practical impact is claimed for the research, it is advised to also submit another letter from a relevant practitioner who is preferably not a coauthor, mentioning name, title, organizational affiliation and full contact information and attesting to the practical value of the work. Nomination letters are due by May 31, 2014.
  • The committee will invite a selection of nominations to submit a full paper. Notifications are anticipated to be sent by July 1, 2014.
  • Full drafts of papers are due by August 1, 2014.

 Submission requirements are:

  • Full papers (by request of committee) should follow the formatting guidelines of an INFORMS print journal, e.g., formatted to one-inch margins on all sides, a font size of at least 11 point, and at least 1.5 line spacing.
  • The paper should be no longer than 32 pages long (including paper text, figures and tables) plus references.
  • The paper under consideration for this prize shall not have not been published elsewhere.
2013 - First Place
2013 First Place: Itai Ashlagi , MIT ; Peng Shi
Winning material: Optimal Allocation of Public Services Without Monetary Transfers or Costly Signals

Purpose of the Award

The INFORMS Section on Public Sector OR Best Paper Competition is intended to encourage journal-quality research in all of the disciplines and application areas represented within PSOR, and to build a tradition of scholarly exchange of knowledge at our research meetings beyond attendance at sessions. Participation is open to all INFORMS members, whether students, academics or practitioners. Each submission must be associated with a presentation at an PSOR-sponsored or co-sponsored session at the fall national conference. Submissions will be judged by an awards committee consisting of two PSOR officers and three regular PSOR members. One first prize of $250, one second prize of $100 and one honorable mention will be awarded at the PSOR business meeting, to take place at the INFORMS national conference.

Past Awardees

2013 First Place
Itai Ashlagi , MIT Peng Shi
2013 Second Place
Edieal Pinker Tolga Tezcan
2013 Honorable Mention
Armagan Bayram Senay Solak
2012 Second Place
Timothy Chan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Derya Demirtas Roy H. Kwon
2012 Honorable Mention
Prem Swaroop, University of Maryland Michael O. Ball
Özlem Ergun, Georgia Institute of Technology
School of Industrial/Systems Engineering
Luyi Gui Atalay Atasu Beril Toktay
2012 Finalist
Krishnan S. Anand, University of Utah Francois Giraud-Carrier
2011 First Place
Yina Lu Carri Chan Linda Green
2011 Second Place
Michael Fry, University of Michigan Muer Yang
2011 Finalist
Jessica Heier Stamm, Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Industrial & Systems Engineering
Kathleen Hendrix, Georgia Institute of Technology

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Itai Ashlagi
Chair, Best Paper Competition
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sloan School of Management
(617) 253-6697


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