2020 RAS Student Paper Award Announcement
RAS (Railway Applications Section), a subdivision of INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences), is sponsoring a student research paper contest on analytics and fact-based decision making in railway applications with three cash prizes totalling US$1,750.
First Prize: $1000
Second Prize: $ 500
Third Prize: $250
- The paper must be written by one or more BSc/MSc/PhD students enrolled in an academic institution at any time during the year ending on the submission deadline. For example, a student now employed who graduated earlier in the year is acceptable.
- One or more advisers may appear as co-authors of a paper, but the student(s) must be the "primary author" and the content must be at least 80% attributable to the student authors. Advisers of finalist papers will be contacted to verify this information.
- The paper must demonstrate a subject area of OR/MS that is representative of INFORMS subjects, and may apply to any railway system (freight, passenger, heavy rail, light rail, etc.).
- The paper must represent original research (not literature reviews) and not have been previously published in a peer-reviewed journal, book, or published conference proceeding.
- If the paper is under review by any publishers, please let us know where and when it is submitted, and at what stage of the review process it is.
- The paper is expected to follow a general structure and length suitable for journal publication. The judges may reject papers that are excessively long or inappropriately formatted.
- The judges reserve the right to reject papers at an early stage in the competition due to irrelevant subject matter or fundamental errors in composition.
- Papers must be written in US or UK English.
- In the event of any disagreement over the enforcement of the rules, the decision of the judges is final.
- Award recipients must travel to the INFORMS Annual Meeting, usually held in the fall in the United States, at their own expense and give a presentation on their paper. Recipients will receive instructions on when and how to attend. Failure to present disqualifies the recipient and the award is re-allocated.
How to enter:
Deadline for submission is June 30, 2020
Submit your application at: [email protected]. Your submission should include contact information, supervisor’s name, affiliation and manuscript.
Manuscript formatting: The manuscript length should not exceed 40 pages. The line spacing should be double-spaced. First page: paper title, authors’ name(s) and affiliation(s). Second page: paper title and abstract (max 300 words). Third page: paper title and the main text.
- March 15, 2020 Competition announced
- June 30, 2020 Paper submission
- September 20, 2020 Winners announced
- November 8-10, 2020 Presentation at 2020 INFORMS Annual Meeting in National Harbor, MD, USA
Qing He, University at Buffalo, SUNY, [email protected]
Clark Cheng, Norfolk Southern, [email protected]
RAS reserves the right to suspend the contest if no suitable papers are received.