Women in Operations Research – Bayer Scholarship


2021 First Place

Purpose of the Award

Are you a female graduate student interested in the practice of operations research or analytics who would like to attend the INFORMS Annual Meeting?  Apply when the competition is announced in advance of the annual meeting.  One well qualified individual will be selected to receive $1,300 to cover registration and travel expenses to attend the conference.

To apply, you must be a female pursuing either a Master’s degree or Ph.D. in operations research, analytics, or a related field and be close to graduation.  In addition, you must be a member of the Analytics Society of INFORMS (INFORMS student members can join the society for free by selecting “Renew or Add Items for 2018” from the INFORMS Self Service Center accessible at www.informs.org).

Applicants will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Strength of Statement of Purpose, explaining how you would benefit from this opportunity
  • Strength of Letter of Recommendation from your advisor or department head
  • Strength of your resume or CV
  • Level of your service to or involvement with INFORMS.

Preference will be given to Ph.D. students, individuals pursuing broad-based degrees or areas of research and individuals with industrial internship experiences.

About the Award/Namesake

About Bayer

Bayer is a Life Science company with a more than 150-year history and core competencies in the areas of health care and agriculture. With our innovative products, we are contributing to finding solutions to some of the major challenges of our time.


About the Analytics Society of INFORMS

The Analytics Society is a subdivision of INFORMS, the largest international association of operations research (O.R.) and analytics professionals and students.  The society promotes the integration of a wide range of analytical techniques and supports activities that illuminate significant innovations and achievements in the growing field of analytics.

Past Awardees

2021 First Place
Caroline Margaret Johnston, USC
2021 Second Place
Di Nguyen Fatemeh Amini
2020 Awardee(s)
Anna White, Continental Airlines Diana G. Ramirez-Rios Neda Mirzaeian , University of Texas at Dallas, Naveen Jindal (PhD from Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper)
Yeawon Yoo Aida Rahmattalabi Breanna Swan Mehrzad Mehrabi Pour Arden Baxter Mina Shekari Ashgzari, Logistics and Distribution Institute (LoDI)
Lina Wang Achara Tiong
2020 First Place
Sara Reed
2020 Second Place
Agni Orfanoudaki Saba Moeinizade
2019 Winner(s)
Trilce Encarnación, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
2019 Honorable Mention
Deniz Besik, U Mass Amherst
Somayeh Dejbord , SUNY-Buffalo
2018 Winner(s)
Kahkashan Afrin , Texas A&M University