Frank M. Bass Dissertation Paper Award -- Application Process


The INFORMS Society for Marketing Science Advisory Board is accepting nominations for the 2015 Frank M. Bass award.  The Bass Award is given to the best marketing paper derived from a Ph.D. thesis published in an INFORMS-sponsored journal according to the following eligibility requirements:

  • The paper must have appeared in an INFORMS journal within the two years and three months preceding the nomination deadline, and
  • The paper must have been accepted for publication within five years from the date the thesis was finally approved.
  • In the case of multiple authors, nomination implies that the Ph.D. recipient made the primary contribution to the publication.  The Ph.D. advisor nominating the paper should certify that the Ph.D. recipient made the primary contribution to the paper.  Further, either the Ph.D. recipient should be the first author or authorship should be in alphabetical order.

Eligible papers for the 2015 Bass Award are those appearing in INFORMS journals between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2015.  A paper can be nominated at most twice (in two successive years) and an individual can win this award only once.  If you want to be sure that the nomination will be considered, we strongly suggest that nominations be submitted by the thesis advisor. 

The nominating letter must include the title of the paper, name of the student, names of co-authors (if any), name of the degree-granting institution, date thesis was finally approved, members of the thesis committee, and complete reference citation for the article. The nomination packet must also include the abstract that appeared when the paper was published.  All material must be sent electronically in Microsoft Word format.  

Please submit nominations via e-mail to the Secretary of the INFORMS Marketing Science Society before midnight EST on March 18, 2016 (see name and email below).  To be consistent with the award protocol, nominations for the 2015 award cannot be accepted after March 18, 2016.

Kusum Ailawadi

Charles Jordan 1911 TU’12 Professor of Marketing

Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College


The winner of the 2015 Bass Award will be announced at the 2016 Marketing Science Conference, on the INFORMS Society of Marketing website, and in the Newsletter.