Professional Colloquium

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Real-World Career Guidance for Practice-Oriented Graduate Students

Sunday, April 12

This interactive colloquium is designed to help practice-oriented master’s and PhD students’ transition into successful real-world careers. Analytics and O.R. students graduating from graduate programs are motivated, analytical and technically sound. However, their graduate backgrounds do not necessarily arm them with the “softer” and “higher-level” skills necessary for success in industrial careers. This colloquium presents the experience and perspective of practitioners who have bridged the gap in order to give attendees a jump-start in their new careers.

Nomination Requirements and Process

Nomination Package Submission Deadline March 2, 2015
Notification Date: March 18, 2015
Confirmation of Acceptance of Invitation and Financial Award Due: March 23, 2015

The colloquium will strive to have representation from varied universities and organizations to ensure diverse perspectives among attendees. Attendance will be limited to ensure quality of interaction.

Students must be enrolled in a graduate program in analytics, operations research, management science or a related field.

Students must be nominated by their university program or department, or company supervisor.

A department or program may nominate multiple students. When nominating multiple students, the department/program needs to indicate the preferred priority of nominees in the event that total nominations exceed the colloquium’s attendance limit.

The colloquium is geared to both master’s and PhD students and both are welcome to apply. Recent graduates (within one year of date of graduation) will also be considered, although higher priority will be given to currently enrolled students.


The nomination package should be sent by the department chair or supervisor and must include the following.

  • Letter of recommendation from the department chair or supervisor.
  • Statement of purpose from the nominee including description of career and research interests.
  • Nominee’s name, mailing address, email address and phone number.
  • Other required information to include in the submission: nominee’s major field of study, expected degree (M.S., PhD, MBA, etc.), expected date of graduation, and thesis, dissertation title (or area of concentration if nominee’s program does not require a thesis).
  • 5. Estimate of travel expenses with amount of financial aid request must be included with the nomination package. Award amounts will be determined after sponsorships have been confirmed. If this request is not included in the nomination package, no consideration will be given for financial aid

Email nominations to

Nomination Requirements and Process

Notification Date: March 18, 2015
Confirmation of Acceptance of Invitation and Financial Award Due: March 23, 2015

  • Full day Colloquium on Sunday, April 12
  • Full registration to the INFORMS Analytics Conference (includes most meals)
  • Financial aid awards with amounts determined after sponsorships have been confirmed.