One of the best ways of growing INFORMS is through student chapters. The community that such student chapters create and build continue as the students graduate and assume professional roles as academics, practitioners, policy makers or even entrepreneurs.
I have had the pleasure of being the Faculty Advisor to the UMass Amherst INFORMS Student Chapter for 11 years (and last year we had a big 10 year celebration). Every year, the Annual INFORMS Meeting serves as the perfect venue for our students and graduates to reunite face to face. For example, at this Philadelphia conference, I was thrilled to see that there are 10 of my former PhD students presenting papers, one of whom traveled all the way from the University of Sydney in Australia!
Tonight INFORMS will be recognizing student chapters from the US and even Canada in an award ceremony at which also the recipients of the Judith B. Liebman Award will be announced. Dr. Liebman was a contemporary doctoral student with my dissertation advisor, Dr. Stella Dafermos, at Johns Hopkins, so this award resonates with me.
At the award ceremony tonight there will be quite a few of our student chapter members and also alums coming to support the awardees.
A few days ago we received the message from David Hunt, the Vice President of Chapters/Fora, announcing the student chapter award recipients and the list is below:
Summa Cum Laude Award
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University of Toronoto
Magna Cum Laude Award
University of South Florida
Cum Laude Award
Arizona State University
Mississippi State University
North Carolina State Raleigh
Ohio State University
Oklahoma State University
Texas A&M University
University of Florida
University of Michigan
Univeriosty of Pittsburgh
Congratulations to all of the members of these student chapters, their officers, and Faculty Advisors! See you tonight at the ceremony and reception.