Student Paper Competition
Each year CORS 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 students (and other specialized postgraduate students) are encouraged to participate in the competition in the open category.
The applicants must be enrolled as a full-time student in a Canadian institution, in an undergraduate or graduate (such as a Master’s, MBA or Ph.D.) program during the school year 2019–2020. Canadians who are studying outside of Canada are also eligible. Papers where all applicants are undergraduates may be submitted to either category: Open or Undergraduate, but not to both. Papers where some authors are graduate students must be submitted to the Open category.
Supervisors and industry partners may appear as coauthors on the paper, but the first authors must be the applicants. The applicants must have made substantial contribution to the project and have written the paper with only minor editorial assistance. If the paper includes such non-student authors, the supervisor should include information about the roles of the various authors when confirming the eligibility of the students.
Chair: Nadia Lahrichi
Application deadline April 1, 2020
Fill out the online application form. The form is automatically submitted to the Chair of the competition.
Chair: Tamon Stephen
Deadline to indicate your intent to participate: March 1, 2020
Deadline to submit your full paper: April 1, 2019
Submit your intent to participate by sending an email with the title and abstract to email@example.com
Undergraduate Category Applicants fill out the EasyChair online application form. The form is automatically submitted to the Chair of the competition. Please remove personally identifiable information from the document (names, university affiliation, email addresses, etc.), as all personal information will be collected through the EasyChair system. Please add your supervisor as an author of the paper, so that your supervisor will be notified when the paper is submitted and when finalists are selected.
The entry includes:
1. Abstract of 200 words or less. Author's name, address, phone number, and email address. Make sure the abstract clearly highlights the motivation, contribution, and potential impact of the paper
2. Academic institution and supervisor's name, if applicable
3. Indication of whether the author is planning to attend the CORS Annual Conference regardless of the outcome. Note that papers selected as finalists must be presented at the CORS Annual Conference in order to further be considered for first prize or honourable mention
4. Indication of whether the paper is submitted to a journal.
5. A PDF copy of the paper:
- 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.
- With separate title page containing the name of the authors, their coordinates and affiliations. Please ensure there are no identifiers on the other pages.
6. An email from the supervisor indicating that the participant is the first author of the paper should be sent to the competition chair. Supervisors must agree to be on the refereeing committee for the competition, which requires evaluating three competition papers in April. If this is not possible, the supervisor should identify a suitable alternate committee member.
- 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.
- Writing style, clarity, organization and conciseness of the paper.
- Open Category: First Prize $500, Honorable Mention $100
- Undergraduate Category: First Prize $200, Honorable Mention $50
- All papers selected as Finalists receive a certificate.
- In the case of close competition, papers not winning an award may receive honourable mention.
- Undergraduates who attend the CORS Annual Conference as finalists or otherwise are eligible to apply for partial travel funding. Details will be announced; the applications usually take place in February.
Student Paper Competition Winners
Christian Bingane, Miguel Anjos, Sébastien Le Digabel
Gabriel Jarry-Bolduc, Warren Hare
Milan Preet Kaur, Mandeep Hanspal, Jui Dhaval Champaneri, Sathana Srikanthan
Seyed Hossein Hashemi Doulabi
Alexandra Hayes, Christian Gould, Kevin Chu, Srikajan Santhirakumaran
Taha Mirza, Rupan Dandiwal, Shayan Altaf, Brady Lee
Oshane Jackson, Ismael Martinez
Brianna Horton, Constance Gervais, Danielle Shawcross, Juliana Gonzalez
Mohamed-Akeel R. Hasham
Auyon A. Siddiq
W Brett Robinson
Michael Jong Kim
Jonathan Y. Li
Scott Van Bolhuis
Mehmet A. Begen
Sterling Todd Keys
Timothy C Y Chan
Yong Yue Li
Ernest Hongtu Wu
Aaron Luntala Nsakanda
Jason H. Goto
Kenneth R. MacCrimmon
John T. Blake
Michael W. Carter
Keith A. Willoughby
Bernie P. Lee