Student Paper Competition
Student Paper Competition Winners
Each year the Canadian Operational Research Society conducts a student paper competition to recognize the contribution of a paper either directly to the field of operational research through the development of methodology or to another field through the application of operational research. The competition serves to showcase the high quality of OR education in Canada as well as the excellence of the new generation of operational researchers. Prizes are awarded in two categories: Undergraduate and Open. MBA (and other specialized master students) are encouraged to participate in the competition in the open category with their applied projects.
Open Category: First Prize $500, Honorable Mention $100;
Undergraduate: First Prize $200, Honorable Mention $50.
Students can apply for traveling funding (if they are graduate). Each finalist needs to register to the conference (and where applicable, conference organizers are encouraged to provide early bird registrations and banquet tickets for the finalists (one ticker per finalist (or group)).
Certificates to be awarded are:
First Prize, Open
Honourable Mention, Open
First Prize, Undergraduate
Honourable Mention, Undergraduate
All authors of the winning papers receive certificates.
The candidate must be registered as a full-time student at a Canadian institution at the undergraduate, master, or Ph.D. level during the current or previous year of the CORS Annual Conference to which the paper was submitted. Canadians studying abroad also qualify. Undergraduate entries are eligible for the open (overall) award as well as for the undergraduate award.
Papers selected as Finalists must be presented by the author at the conference in order to further be considered for First Prize or Honourable Mention. Conference calls will not be allowed.
Each student’s advisor must participate the paper review papers for the competition. If an advisor cannot participate in the review process, the advisor is expected to find another qualified reviewer for the competition.
Applicants fill out the online application form. The form is automatically submitted to the Chair of the competition.
The application deadline for the Open Category is April 15, 2017.
For the Undergraduate Category, candidates must submit their intent to participate by sending an email with the title and abstract to email@example.com The deadline to indicate your intent to participate is March 15, 2017. The full paper should be submitted by April 15, 2017.
The Chairs of the competition are:
A complete entry will include:
1. Abstract of 200 words or less. Author's name, address, phone number, and e-mail address.
2. Academic institution and supervisor's name, if applicable.
3. Indication of whether the author is planning to attend the conference regardless of the outcome.
4. Indication of whether the paper is submitted to a journal.
5. A PDF copy of the paper:
a. with separate title page containing the name of the authors, their coordinates and affiliations. No identifiers should appear on the other pages.
b. No longer than 35 pages (with minimum 1-inch margins, maximum 34 lines per page and minimum font size of Times 11) including all figures, tables, appendices, and references.
6. An e-mail from the supervisor indicating that the participant is the first author of the paper should be sent to the Competition Chair.
7. Each student’s advisor must participate the paper review papers for the competition. If an advisor cannot participate in the review process, the advisor is expected to find another qualified reviewer for the competition.
In the selection of the winner(s) of the competition the judges will take into account:
• Contribution of the paper either directly to the field of Operational Research through the development of methodology or to another field through the application of Operational Research (40%)
• Originality (20%)
• Writing style, clarity, organization and conciseness of the paper (20%)
• Presentation (20%).
Note that papers selected as Finalists must be presented by the author at the conference in order to further be considered for First Prize or Honourable Mention. Conference calls will not be allowed.