SAS/Analytics Society Student Analytical Scholar Competition Application Process

What does the scholarship cover?

  • Round-trip flight to the conference and round-trip ground transportation from the Las Vegas airport
  • Hotel (3-4 nights, depending on home location)
  • Most meals (which are included in conference registration)
  • Registration for the conference and for the Professional Colloquium
  • Consultation on how the real case study was addressed in practice
  • Publicity for the winning submission

When are the key application dates?

  • February 13, 2017–applications must be received by midnight Eastern Time; applications received after the deadline will NOT be accepted
  • March 6, 2017–winner notified
  • March 10, 2017–deadline for student to confirm attendance

Who is eligible to apply?

Students at least 18 years old who are enrolled in a full-time, accredited degree-granting program in analytics, operations research, management science or a related field and who still have their full-time student status at the time of the conference (April 2-4, 2017.) No Purchase Necessary. Void Where Prohibited.  See Official Rules for complete details. 

How do I apply?

Participate in the discussion forum January 30-February 10, 2017.

Apply by sending an email to polly.mitchell-guthrie@sas.com. Applications must be received by midnight EST on February 13, 2017 Eastern Time to be considered (late applications will NOT be accepted). Your email subject line should be: SAS and INFORMS Analytics Society Student Analytical Scholar application and include the following items:

  • Reference (in body of email). Include the name, phone number, and email address of professor who can confirm your application.
     
  • Short answer questions (in body of email). Provide brief responses (total of one page or less):
    • What do you hope to gain by attending these events?
    • How would you maximize this opportunity if you were awarded this scholarship?
    • How do you expect to use analytics in your professional career?
  • Resume/vitae (as an attachment in PDF format). Be sure it includes your name, mailing address and phone number, email address, university, major field of study and expected degree (M.S., PhD, MBA, etc.), and expected date of graduation.
     
  • Statement of Work (as an attachment in PDF format). After reading the Case Study your submission will be a Statement of Work (SOW) in PDF format that outlines in 3-5 single-spaced pages (no less than 12 point font) how you would approach this business problem if you were hired to address it as an outside consultant.

Your SOW should include:

  • Executive Summary
  • System Environment
  • Project Description
    • Information Flow
    • Analytical Components
    • Input Data Structure
    • Output Data Structure Assumptions

You do not need to address payment, timeframe, or any issues not specified above. Your proposal should be vendor-agnostic – we are looking for the quality of the proposal and not which software package you propose using.

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What criteria will be considered in choosing the winner?

  • Comprehensiveness, practicality, and technical quality of SOW
  • Professionalism and organization of written presentation of the SOW
  • Saleability of SOW as a project proposal – how compelling is your argument?
  • Interest in professional career in industry in the practice of analytics.
  • Motivation to advance understanding analytical practice through conference attendance.
  • Completeness of application (applications that do not follow instructions will not be considered)

How can I ask questions and learn more?

From January 30, 2017 beginning at 9:00 a.m. to February 10, 2017 ending at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time a discussion board will be open where each applicant may post up to five questions. Click here to access the discussion board. These questions should be directed to any of the people named in the case study, and these named individuals will answer questions posted during that period as they see fit. Since you will be writing the SOW, applicants should assume this perspective. After 5:00 p.m. EST on February 10, 2017 no more questions will be answered; the discussion will remain posted until the competition closes for any applicant to read. Questions are not required but are highly encouraged.