HAS Student Paper Competition

Submission Deadline: Thursday, January 27, 2017

Purpose of the Award

2017 INFORMS Health Applications Society

Student Paper Competition


The INFORMS Health Applications Society (HAS) welcomes students who are conducting research in health care applications to submit a single paper to its annual student paper competition. Applicants are also encouraged to submit their work for oral or poster presentation at the 2017 INFORMS Conference on Health Care in Rotterdam, Netherlands, July 26-28, 2017: http://meetings2.informs.org/wordpress/healthcare2017/.


There are three conditions for eligibility:

  1. Entrant must currently be a student, or have been a student on or after December 1, 2016, and the research in the paper must have been conducted while the entrant was a student.
  2. The submitted paper must present original research conducted primarily by the student. The paper can be co-authored with other individuals including the advisor(s) of the student. However, the students’ contribution must be such that they are listed as first author.
  3. Entrant must be a member of HAS on the date of submission (call INFORMS Member Services at 1-800-446-3676 or see www.informs.org/Community/HAS for information on how to become an INFORMS/HAS member).


Selection and Awards:

Leading health care scholars will serve as judges. They will evaluate the papers based on quality, novelty and importance of methodology, contribution to health care research, and potential for impact on practice. Four finalists will be selected and notified. The finalists must present their work in a special session at the conference. HAS will reimburse the four finalists’ conference registration fees. Presentation quality will be considered in deciding the first and second prize winners. The conference rule of one talk per speaker will be relaxed for the four finalists so that they can present in the finalists’ session if they have another scheduled presentation. Winners will be announced during the conference. The awards are: First Prize: $500; Second Prize: $300; Third and Fourth Prize: $100 each.


Submission Requirements: The following submission requirements will be strictly enforced:

1. A cover letter

Prepared by the entrant in accordance with the attached template file, Cover Template (see below).

The filename of the submitted cover letter should be EntrantLastName_CoverLetter.pdf


2. The PDF paper

The paper should be completely anonymous. The author(s) names should not appear on the paper.

The formatting standards for submitting a paper to major INFORMS journals apply.  See http://pubsonline.informs.org/page/mnsc/submission-guidelines

36-page limit (1.5 line spacing) including the main body, figures, tables, and any appendices, but excluding the list of references. The statements of theorems, propositions, and other technical results may be given in the main body, but all proofs of technical results as well as unessential/supplementary figures/tables should be placed in appendices.

The filename of the submitted paper should be ShortTitleOfThePaper.pdf


3. A letter from the advisor

Completed and signed by entrant’s advisor. See attached template, Advisor Template (see below).

The filename of the submitted advisor letter should be EntrantLastName_AdvisorLetter.pdf


All three items must be sent as e-mail attachments to hasstudent2017@gmail.com. Complete entries must be received on or before Friday, January 27, 2017. E-mail hasstudent2017@gmail.com if you have any questions. If you have already submitted to the previously posted email address, please resubmit to the updated email address.


Good luck to all entrants!


Sarang Deo (Indian School of Business) and Greg Zaric (University of Western Ontario, lvey Business School)

Co-Chairs, 2017 INFORMS HAS Student Paper Competition


Baris Ata, University of Chicago, Booth School of Business

Anita Tucker, Brandeis University, Brandeis International Business School