Doing Good with Good OR Student Competition- Call for submissions

Doing Good with Good OR Student Competition- Call for submissions


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.

Submission Process:

  • Submit an application by May 15, 2014 via email to including the following items:

1.     A nomination letter by the partner organization or a faculty member describing the societal impact of the work and the portion of the work (including the project duration) solely completed by the student entrant(s) during the time they were enrolled full-time in a degree-granting program (undergraduate or graduate).

2.     Two-or three-page summary document that describes what the entrants accomplished (focusing on the societal impact and the centrality of the operations research and management science tools used).

3.     60-word abstract of the achievement.

  • Finalists (announced by June 30, 2014) must submit no later than September 20 a full paper (a maximum of 25 pages, double spaced, 12 point font) describing the project and its outcomes.
  • Entrants will be expected to report on a project done in partnership with an organization that can certify that the results of the project have had, or are likely to have, a significant societal impact.
  • Any work with positive societal impact that has been completed within the last 3 years (class project, thesis research, independent study, internship, voluntary work) is eligible unless it has already received an INFORMS award.

Further details on this award (including judging criteria and eligibility) are available at:

The finalists will be announced by June 30, 2014, and the competition winner will be selected at the 2014 INFORMS Annual Meeting.

2014 Committee Co-Chairs:

Carri Chan
Columbia Business School
New York, NY 10023 USA
phone: (212) 854-1609

Ruben A. Proano
Rochester Institute of Technology
Kate Gleason College of Engineering
Rochester, NY 14623 USA
phone: (585) 475-4236