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The Undergraduate Operations Research Prize Competition is held each year
to honor a student or groups of students who conducted original and
significant theoretical and/or applied research in the field of operations
research or management science during their undergraduate enrollments. The
prize is given each year at the INFORMS Annual Meeting if there is a
suitable recipient. However, a little less clear for now is how much of
this year’s meeting will take place as a physical event and how much will
happen virtually.

Winner(s) of the competition will share a prize of $500 in addition to
receiving travel support to the INFORMS Annual Meeting (if the conference
is not held virtually). All finalists of the competition will be invited to
present their research in designated Undergraduate Research Showcase
sessions at the INFORMS Annual Meeting.

Applications are due by *June 30, 2020* (11:59 EST) and must consist of the
following documents:

*1)     **Article co-authored by the entrant(s):* An original research
paper from the entrants’ project or work (no need to be published)
presenting the problem, methods used and results reached. One or more
faculty, and doctoral student(s) or post-doctoral advisor(s) may appear as
co-authors of the article, but the first author must be the entrant(s) as
they must have made substantial contribution to the project and to the
writing of the paper with only minor editorial assistance.

*2)     **Reference letter:* A brief letter (not exceeding two-pages) by
the entrants’ research advisor or another faculty member familiar with the
entrants’ work confirming the entrants’ eligibility and detailing their
contribution to the research. We encourage submissions involving
multidisciplinary research.

All applications including reference letters should be submitted online at
the following address:

https://informs-awards.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/46/home

*An entrant *to the competition is defined as *any co-authors of the
submitted article who were enrolled as undergraduate students for at least
one academic term between June 15, 2019 and June 15, 2020*, and the
following eligibility criteria must be met by the entrants and their
submitted articles.

   - The research must have been conducted during the entrants’
   undergraduate enrollment(s).


   - An entrant can be a co-author in at most one paper submitted to this
   year’s competition.


   - The article must not be awarded by a prize in a previous year of this
   competition.

Submitted articles must also satisfy the following formatting requirements:

   - All pages except references must be typed at double spaced with an 11
   point or larger fonts, and 1 inch or wider margins from left, right, top,
   and bottom.


   - The article must not exceed 25 pages including bibliography,
   appendices, figures, and any supplementary sections.


   - All pages of the article except references should contain no more than
   35 lines of text and the abstract should not exceed 100 words (the
   abstracts will be used in the program for the Undergraduate Research
   Showcase session of the INFORMS Annual Meeting).

The criteria for review will be based on the significance of the work,
creative and novel use of modeling and/or solution methodology using
operations research techniques, promise of the research for future work in
the field of operations research and the quality of the writing of the
article in terms of its coherency and the clarity of exposition. The work
may be building a different modeling approach to an established problem or
providing a new insight into an emerging or important problem.
Demonstration of substantial value for project sponsors (if there is any)
is also a plus in evaluation.

All applicants should expect to be notified with the results of the
competition by August 31, 2020.

The 2020 committee members:

*Thiago Serra*, Bucknell University
* (chair)Lincoln Chandler*, Chandler Decision Services
*Saurav Kumar Dubey*, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
*Xiaolei Xie*, Tsinghua University
*Xuying Zhao*, University of Notre Dame
*Shannon Harris*, Ohio State University
*Eduardo Perez*, Texas State University
*Destenie Nock*, Carnegie Mellon University
*Dong "Michelle" Li*, Babson College
*Kayse Lee Maass*, Northeastern University
*Neda Mirzaeian*, Carnegie Mellon University
*Pengyi Shi*, Purdue University

-- 
Thiago Serra, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Business Analytics
Freeman College of Management
Bucknell University