The Minority Issues Forum Reception: a hidden gem

by Erica Klampfl on October 12th, 2009

For those of you who didn’t read my blog earlier, I did suggest that you go to the Minority Issues Forum Reception tonight.  It is truly a hidden gem at the INFORMS conference not only for the good food (shrimp & scallop, lamb, and eggplant kabobs) and free alcoholic beverages, but also for the networking opportunities.  You do NOT have to be a minority to go to this reception.   The main goal of this reception is to provide minority students the opportunity to showcase their work through poster presentations.  Hiram Moya from Texas A&M had an interesting poster on how to improve transportation flow across the Canadian and Mexican borders.  This is an especially critical problem after 911 when security and queues have increased at the border, driving cost and wait time up. 

For those of you that missed it, this was a great opportunity to see what talented minority students are working on. A friend of mine requested a resume from one of the students who is doing research very related to some work at the national labs and is hoping to line him up with an interview.

Keep this Reception in mind for next year!

From Conference Blog Post

  1. Hiram was a late addition but the rest of the abstracts of the presenters can be found at

  2. Mark Lewis permalink

    Thanks Erica!

    There is no more a need that you be a Minority to attend the Minority Issues Forum reception than being a woman to attend the Women in OR/MS reception. As you say, it very informal, you can meet some of the up and coming under-represented minority students and talk to faculty and practitioners from all over the spectrum. We are looking forward to next year in Austin!

    Mark Lewis (President, MIF)

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