INFORMS Prizes & Awards

INFORMS Prizes & Awards

Each year INFORMS grants several prestigious institute-wide prizes and awards for meritorious achievement. Generally conferred at each year's Annual Meeting and Analytics Conference, these prizes and awards celebrate wide ranging categories of achievement from teaching, writing, and practice to distinguished service to the institute and the profession and contributions to the welfare of society.

Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in Operations Research Practice

This prize emphasizes the quality and coherence of the analysis used in practice. Dr. Wagner strove for strong mathematics applied to practical problems, supported by clear and intelligible writing. This prize recognizes those principles by emphasizing good writing, strong analytical content, and verifiable practice successes.

2019 Submission Deadline: May 1, 2019

Doing Good with Good OR - Student Paper Competition

INFORMS is again sponsoring a competition to encourage student research and practice that has societal impact. The "Doing Good with Good OR Student Competition" will feature the most exciting work performed by students in partnership with public and private organizations that yields tangible and beneficial outcomes for individuals, communities, and organizations. Such work will be infused with OR/MS methods and could appeal to multiple disciplinary and application-area interests.

2019 Submission Deadline: May 15, 2019

Franz Edelman Award

The purpose of the Franz Edelman competition is to bring forward, recognize and reward outstanding examples of operations research, management science, and advanced analytics practice in the world, with $15,000 in awards. First prize is accompanied by a $10,000 honorarium.


Frederick W. Lanchester Prize

Nominations are invited for the 2019 Lanchester Prize. This prize is awarded for the best contribution to operations research and the management sciences published in English in the past five years. The award will be given at the 2019 INFORMS Annual Meeting in October.

2019 Submission Deadline: June 15, 2019 (opening by early April 2018)

George B. Dantzig Dissertation Award

The George B. Dantzig Award is given for the best dissertation in any area of operations research and the management sciences that is innovative and relevant to practice. This award has been established to encourage academic research that combines theory and practice and stimulates greater interaction between doctoral students (and their advisors) and the world of practice. The award is given at the INFORMS Annual Meeting.

2019 Submission Deadline: July 21, 2019 (extended from June 30, 2019 )

George E. Kimball Medal

The George E. Kimball Medal is awarded for recognition of distinguished service to the Institute and to the profession of operations research and the management sciences. The award is a medallion and a certificate.

2019 Submission Deadline: May 15, 2019

George Nicholson Student Paper Competition

The George Nicholson competition is held each year to identify and honor outstanding papers in the field of operations research and the management sciences written by a student.

2019 Submission Deadline: June 2, 2019 (extended from May 15, 2019)

Impact Prize

The Impact Prize, awarded once every two years, is intended to recognize widespread impact in the practice of operations research. It may be awarded to an individual or a single set of collaborators. The award may be given for the original research (if these ideas have been widely adopted), and/or for special efforts required to bring the research to a practical form (e.g., implementation as a software package or the communication of a body of research through writings, teaching, and consulting). The important criterion is breadth of use in practice and relevance to operations research. The technical assessment of the quality of the work is considered secondary to the degree to which it has been widely adopted.

Awarded only in even years

INFORMS Case Competition

The purpose of this annual competition is to encourage the creation, dissemination, and classroom use of new, unpublished cases in operations research and the management sciences.

2019 Submission Deadline: July 31, 2019

INFORMS O.R. & Analytics Student Team Competition

This INFORMS competition that provides real-world workplace experience for undergraduate and master’s level students.

Student teams are given the same business problem, data sets, and access to software to solve a challenging problem using an OR/analytics approach. A panel of industry and academic experts judge written submissions based on teams’ use of the full analytics process, from framing the problem to methodology selection, data use, model building and innovation.

2020 registration / competition deadline dates will be announced in fall 2019.

INFORMS President's Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize, and thereby encourage, important contributions to the welfare of society by members of our profession at the local, national, or global level.


The INFORMS Prize is awarded for effective integration of advanced analytics and operations research/management sciences (OR/MS) in an organization. The award is to be given to an organization that has repeatedly applied the principles of advanced analytics and OR/MS in pioneering, varied, novel, and lasting ways.

2020 Nomination Deadline: December 1, 2019

John von Neumann Theory Prize

The John von Neumann Theory prize is awarded annually to a scholar (or scholars in the case of joint work) who has made fundamental, sustained contributions to theory in operations research and the management sciences.

2019 Nomination Deadline: June 1, 2019

Judith Liebman Award

The Judith Liebman Award has been established to recognize outstanding student volunteers who have been "moving spirits" in their universities, their student chapters, and the Institute. The award will be an 11x8 mounted certificate signed by the Vice President for Chapters/Student Chapters/Fora, and a letter of congratulations, in a form suitable for sending to each recipient's department chair.

2019 NOMINATION DEADLINE: August 16, 2019

Moving Spirit Award for Chapters

The Moving Spirit Award has been established to recognize outstanding geographic chapter volunteers or student chapter faculty advisors who have been "moving spirits" in their chapters.

Nominations Deadline: August 16, 2019

Moving Spirit Award for Fora

The Moving Spirit Award has been established to recognize outstanding forum volunteers who have been "moving spirits" in their forum.

Nomination Deadline: August 16, 2019

Philip McCord Morse Lectureship Award

The Lectureship is awarded in honor of Philip McCord Morse in recognition of his pioneer contribution to the field of operations research and the management sciences. The award is given in odd-numbered years at the Annual Meeting if there is a suitable recipient. The term of the lectureship is two years. The award is $2,000, a certificate, a travel fund of $5,000, a copy of Morse's autobiography, In at the Beginnings: A Physicist's Life, and a copy of Morse and Kimball's Methods of Operations Research.

Prize for the Teaching of the OR/MS Practice

The Prize for the Teaching of OR/MS Practice will be given annually, if there is a suitable recipient, to a university or college teacher for excellence in teaching the practice of OR/MS. The purpose of this award is to recognize a teacher who has succeeded in helping his or her students to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to be effective practitioners of operations research or the management sciences. An "effective practitioner" has respect for, understanding of, and the skills to surmount both the practical difficulties and the technical challenges of doing good OR/MS work.

2019 Submission Deadline:  June 30, 2019

Saul Gass Expository Writing Award

The Saul Gass Expository Writing Award honors an operations researcher/management scientist whose publications demonstrate a consistently high standard of expository writing.

2019 Submission Deadline: July 31, 2019

Student Chapter Awards

The purpose of the new Student Chapter Annual Awards is to recognize achievements of student chapters.