The INFORMS Annual Meeting is a unique opportunity to connect and network with more than 5,000 INFORMS members, students, prospective employers and employees, and academic and industry experts. It can be overwhelming so we’ve put together a wide range of information and resources for students to help make the most of your time in Phoenix.
Hike Hayden Butte (5 – 6pm)
Take the Valley Metro Rail from 3rd St/Jefferson to Mill Ave/3rd St to meet fellow students and hike up the iconic Hayden Butte (called ‘A’ Mountain by locals). The hike difficulty is at a beginner’s level and is enjoyable for people of all hiking experiences. On top of Hayden Butte, there are many stunning views of the Phoenix Valley and abundant photo opportunities.
Tour of ASU Campus (6:15 – 7:15pm)
Go on a tour of the Arizona State University (ASU) campus, one of the largest public university campuses in the nation and home to the Sun Devils. From state-of-the-art research buildings to exquisitely designed architecture there are many interesting sights to see. Several students from the ASU Industrial Engineering department will lead the tour and give an insider’s perspective of the campus.
Dinner/Mixer at Sparky’s Den in the ASU Memorial Union (7:30 – 10pm)
Take a break from the hike & tour, and socialize with students over a Southwest-themed buffet at the heart of ASU’s campus. Activities such as billiards and table tennis will also be available.
If you have any questions about the event, contact Nathan Gaw.
New Member Breakfast
Sunday, November 4, 7am – 8am
New INFORMS members will receive an invite for this welcome breakfast. The session will feature a presentation on member benefits, a brief orientation to navigating the meeting, and a chance to relax and connect with colleagues. Representatives from INFORMS Communities will facilitate networking tables where you can meet other members who share your personal interests.
Sunday, November 4, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
INFORMS and the Phoenix Organizing Committee welcome you to for the 2018 INFORMS Annual Meeting with an evening of fellowship and fun. The Welcome Reception is the perfect venue to meet with colleagues and visit the exhibits. Light snacks will be served. Soft drinks are complimentary, with a cash bar for other beverages.
INFORMS Awards Ceremony & Reception
Sunday, November 4, 8:30pm – 9:45pm
The INFORMS Board of Directors invites you to honor and celebrate the achievements of our colleagues at the annual Awards Ceremony. You can attendee the Welcome Reception first and then proceed to the Awards Ceremony. Following the ceremony and dessert, you’ll have the opportunity to congratulate the awardees. Dessert and coffee will be served.
Student Awards Ceremony & Reception
Monday, November 5, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
All students registered for the meeting are invited to attend the reception. Join us for an evening of food and drink, fun, and networking. Come relax after a busy day of sessions and mingle with fellow students from universities around the world. Student awards will be announced during the Student Award Reception.
Member Meeting & Reception
Tuesday, November 6, 6 – 7:30pm
The INFORMS Board of Directors encourages all members to bring their ideas, opinions, and suggestions to this meeting. Current business and future direction for INFORMS will be discussed. Outstanding members will be celebrated with the presentation of the Volunteer Service Award. Come and meet, network, and celebrate! Light snacks will be served. Soft drinks are complimentary, with a cash bar for other beverages.
Tuesday, November 6, 7:30pm – 10pm
Just a short walk from the Convention Center, join us at the Arizona Science Center for a fun reception in a very unique venue!
Coffee with a Member
Especially for INFORMS student members!
This wonderful program connects INFORMS students with some of INFORMS most enthusiastic members for 15-minute impromptu meetings and some sage INFORMS advice. We know the Annual Meeting can be a bit overwhelming and hope these casual meetings will make students more comfortable, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic about both the meeting and INFORMS. Limited space available and open to first time attendees/participants only.
Students may enroll when they register for the meeting.
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Student Competitions and Prizes
There are several competitions for students prior to the annual meeting and the winners are announced during the prestigious INFORMS Awards Ceremony held on Sunday evening.
Undergraduate OR Prize
Submission deadline June 2018
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.
Doing good with Good OR Student Paper Competition
Submission deadline May 2018
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.
George B. Dantzig Dissertation Award
Submissions deadline July 2018
The George B. Dantzig Award is given for the best dissertation in any area of operations research and the management sciences that is innovative and relevant to practice. This award has been established to encourage academic research that combines theory and practice and stimulates greater interaction between doctoral students (and their advisors) and the world of practice.
George Nicholson Student Paper Competition
Submission deadline June 2018
The George Nicholson Committee competition is held each year to identify and honor outstanding papers in the field of operations research and the management sciences written by a student.
Bonder Scholarship for Applied Operations Research in Military Applications
The purpose of the Bonder Scholarship for Applied Operations Research in Military Applications is to promote the development and application of process modeling and operations research analyses to military issues. The scholarship provides funding of $5,000 ($US) to support the development of highly qualified individuals and promote the interchange of military OR research knowledge in conjunction with INFORMS.
Bonder Scholarship for Applied Operations Research in Health Services
The purpose of the Bonder Scholarship for Applied Operations Research in Health Services is to promote the development and application of process modeling and operations research analyses to health care design, delivery and operations. The scholarship provides funding of $5,000 ($US) to support the development of highly qualified individuals and promote the interchange of health services research knowledge in conjunction with INFORMS.
Winners announced at the Student Awards Ceremony
Judith Leibman Award – Recognizing outstanding student volunteers
The Judith Liebman Award has been established to recognize outstanding student volunteers who have been “moving spirits” in their universities, their student chapters, and the Institute.
Student Chapter awards
Each year active student chapters must turn in an INFORMS Annual Student Chapter Activity Report within 31 days of the end of the calendar year. Each report is then evaluated and given a score between 1 and 5 (5 being the best) for four different categories of activities. The top three chapters in these categories will be awarded classifications with the other prizes at the Chapters/Fora Breakfast at the Annual Meeting.
Winners announced at the various community business meetings
Community Prizes and Awards for Students
Most communities have at least one competition available to students! Check out the Community Prizes listing to see what is available to you!
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The online student membership magazine for INFORMS. The bi-annual publication provides a look at operations research and management science from the perspective of young people in those fields. Edited by a team of students and junior faculty, the magazine is written for students and aims to introduce topics relevant to them, highlight their accomplishments, and promote awareness of current events and issues in OR and MS.