INFORMS Scholarship

2019 - Winner(s)

2019 Winner(s)

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Purpose of the Award

INFORMS is pleased to announce scholarships to be awarded to undergraduate students to attend the 2020 Annual Meeting in National Harbor, Maryland. 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 Annual Meeting. Scholarships will provide travel and registration reimbursements up to $1,250.

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.  Specific activities may include:

Meeting with ambassador graduate students

Meetings with committee members and INFORMS Staff

Attending plenaries, selected talks/posters, and tutorials

Attending new member breakfast

Attending INFORMS Welcome Reception

Attending INFORMS society meetings and university-sponsored receptions



  • Be in junior or senior standing at the time of the Annual Meeting, November 8 - 11,2020.
  • 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 award submission portal.
Click here to submit (to be open approximately July 1, 2020)

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

2019 Winner(s)
Elise Danthinne, Northwestern 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