Judith Liebman Award - Application Process

Candidates for the award must be members in good standing of the Institute, and have been a member for at least two (2), but not necessarily consecutive, years. A candidate for the Judith Liebman Award must have been a "moving spirit" in his or her student chapter. In addition, qualifications may be satisfied by a candidate:

  • leading efforts either to form a new student chapter or to reactivate a dormant chapter;
  • leading a student chapter to perform extraordinary service to the Institute or to its University; or
  • through vigorous involvement with various student chapter activities, and services to the Institute on chapter committees and/or as a chapter officer.

In order to avoid giving the impression that a student chapter officer is rewarding him/herself, candidates currently holding the chapter offices of president, vice-president or president-elect may not be nominated by their student chapter members, but may be nominated by the student chapter faculty advisor, faculty member, or a member of the Chapters/Fora Committee. Past Judith Liebman Award recipients are not eligible to receive the award, and their nominations will not be processed. 

Candidates shall be nominated by the candidate him-/herself, chapter members, faculty advisors and/or other observers. The work of some candidates would be known through observers, e.g., the Chapters/Fora Committee (as in the case of nominees who have led efforts to form or revive chapters). In the case of recognizing extraordinary student chapter volunteers, the candidates would be known through the chapter members, and nominated by the student chapter or faculty advisor.

Nominations must be received at least eight-weeks prior to the annual meeting of INFORMS, and submitted in writing to the Chapters/Fora Committee in care of the INFORMS office. All relevant information, including the candidate's qualifications along with a statement describing how the nominee is a "moving spirit" in the chapter, should be submitted on an official nomination form: 

Nominations should be sent to:

Beth West
INFORMS
5521 Research Park Drive, Suite 200
Catonsville, MD 21228 U.S.A.
e-mail: bwest@informs.org

Only nominations of eligible candidates will be processed. Nominations of candidates from a student chapter that had a member recognized in the previous calendar year will not be considered until the following year. Nominations of those candidates considered but not selected for the award will be combined with additional nominations received prior to the next national meeting for further consideration at that time.

Selection of recipients will be based on the recipients' contributions to their chapters and to the Institute through chapter activities. A survey of the Chapters/Fora Committee members will be performed in order to determine a relative ranking of the deserving candidates.

The number of the candidates to be selected for the award in a given year will be determined at the discretion of the Vice President for Chapters/Student Chapters/Fora. No more than three candidates, each from different student chapters, will be selected for the award annually. There is no obligation to give any awards in a given year.