INFORMS Scholarship

2020 - Winner(s)

2020 Winner(s)

Purpose of the Award

INFORMS is pleased to announce scholarships to be awarded to undergraduate students to attend the 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting. This scholarship program aims to foster the professional pipeline of operations research, management science, and analytics researchers by providing undergraduate students an opportunity to experience the academic profession and professional development by attending the INFORMS Virtual Annual Meeting. In 2020, scholarships will provide registrations for a limited number of students.

We encourage faculty nominations and applications from undergraduate students across a variety of quantitative disciplines, including (but not limited to): mathematics, engineering, computer science, statistics, business, and economics. This scholarship is aimed at two types of undergraduate students: 1) those already engaged in operations research and management science studies and/or research projects, and 2) those who have had little to no training in traditional OR/MS courses, but are highly considering pursuing graduate studies in this area (example: third year undergrad math major who is now considering what to do after graduating).

The awardees will be provided with a suggested schedule to help enjoy and learn from the conference.


  • Be in junior or senior standing at the time of the Annual Meeting, November, 2020.
  • Have an overall GPA equivalent to 3.25 or better on a 4.0 system. 

Submission and Selection

Nominations should be submitted through the INFORMS submission portal. Completed submission must be finalized by September 1, 2020.
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The INFORMS Scholarships Committee (listed below) will evaluate and select the scholarship recipients.

Matthew Bailey, Bucknell University (2020 Chair)
Steven Shechter, University of British Columbia (Past Chair)
Lauren Cipriano, University of Waterloo
Elisa Long, University of California-Los Angeles
Jeffrey Ohlmann, University of Iowa

Past Awardees

2020 Winner(s)
Mohammad Amir Ahmadian, Sharif University of Technology Isaac Bleecker, Gordon College Imani Carson, University of Michigan Kara Combs, Wright State University Sadie Cox, University of Michigan Helena García Jaimlais, Universidad Adolfo Ibañez Agustín Chiu Lopez, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Abel Sapirstein, Harvey Mudd College Santhosh Saravanan, Georgia Institute of Technology Emmett Springer, University of Michigan Macarena Paz Navarro Tabilo, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Shengwei Zhang, Johns Hopkins University
2019 Winner(s)
Elisa Danthinne, Northeastern University Michael Gao, Harvey Mudd College Angela Lin, Rice University Luiza Santo, Texas Tech University
2018 Winner(s)
Vinayak (Vinny) Ahluwalia, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Dipayan Banerjee, Northwestern University Caroline Margaret Johnston, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Massachusetts) Hemeng (Maggie) Li, Harvey Mudd College