The Seth Bonder Foundation Student Registration Grant


For years, the Seth Bonder Foundation has sponsored the Annual Student Award Ceremony Reception held at the INFORMS Annual Meeting.   This year with the Annual Meeting moving to a virtual platform, Mrs. Merrill Bonder established a fund to pay tribute to the hard work of students who may be first-time Annual Meeting attendees, who self-identify as an under-represented minority in STEM, or any student in need of funding to attend the Annual Meeting. The grant includes up to $145.00 for registration to the Virtual 2020 INFORMS Annual Meeting. Students from smaller universities and/or Historical Black Colleges & Universities are encouraged to apply. 



Eligibility Criteria
  • Student applying for the registration grant must be a member of INFORMS at the time of application.
  • Maximum of two grant recipients per university.
  • Grant recipient will not receive payment. INFORMS will pay for the grant recipients’ Annual Meeting registration.  If the grant recipient has already registered for the 2020 Annual Meeting, contact the INFORMS Membership & Communities Department for refund instructions.
  • Grant recipients must attend the full conference.
Evaluation Criteria
  • All awards will be determined on a competitive basis (evaluation on curriculum vitae, personal statement and letter of recommendation) by a selection panel consisting of INFORMS Membership & Communities committee members.
How to Apply
  • Applicants for the Seth Bonder Foundation Student Registration Grant must submit application here. Hard copies of any part of the application cannot be accepted.

Presentation of Award

  • Grant recipients will be notified by email approximately 2 weeks after the submission deadline.


Please email the INFORMS Membership & Communities Department if you have any questions.  

The registration grants are made possible by a generous donation from the Seth Bonder Foundation.