IISE Modeling & Simulation (M&S) Division BEST Student PAPER Competition

Purpose and objectives

The Best Student Paper Competition is a part of the Modeling & Simulation track of the IISE Annual Conference & Expo, ALL VIRTUAL. The student paper competition is intended to recognize the achievements of student researchers, undergraduate and graduate, in the area of M&S.

Application process

All accepted students' papers in the M&S track are eligible for this award. The top 20% of submissions, up to 10 papers, will be considered. The top papers are determined based on the combined reviewers score. A single score can be determined by summing all the points across the criteria, by using a weighted average for the criteria, or by any other method that the award committee sees appropriate. A submitted paper is also eligible if it is nominated by a peer reviewer during the normal paper review process, or nominated by the track chair. No paper that has been rejected by the normal review process may be considered for this award. The student must have carried out a substantial part of the research reported in the paper. The student must be the first author and must present the paper. The student must identify that the paper is a student paper during the submission of the abstract. The applicant must be a full time student at the time of submission. Research must have been conducted while the applicant was a student. The paper must not have won or been considered for an award in another competition for the same work.

The primary student author must be a member of IISE and the Modeling & Simulation Division.

Evaluation process

1) An award committee will be formed every year that is chaired by the Director of Awards:

  • The committee should consist of at least three of the division’s members, e.g., previous award winners or other board members. The board should appoint these members. 
  • A new committee should be selected each year at the beginning of February.
  • A committee member may not judge his/her paper or his/her student’s paper.

2) Each eligible paper must be reviewed by two members of the award committee, each of whom will assign a numerical score using the following five criteria. For each criterion, an integer score between 1 and 5 (1 = min, 5 = max) will be assigned. The paper’s total score is the weighted sum of the five-criterion scores according to the following weighting scheme:

  • Contribution to modeling and simulation research (25%);
  • Significance of the problem (25%);
  • Content is technically correct and substantive (25%);
  • Conclusions are reasonable and supported (12.5%);
  • Organization and quality of exposition (12.5%). 

3) All eligible papers are ranked by the sum of the two weighted scores of the committee reviewers so that the maximum possible score is 10. The committee will select the winner(s) based on the final ranking and discussions. Katie Prochaska will notify the Division President of the winner.

4) Up to three awards may be given upon recommendation of the committee. The first three papers are selected, i.e., 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places.

5) The chair of the committee or the Division President will notify the winner(s) and congratulate them on this achievement via email.

6) The Division President will inform the IISE staff of the competition outcome and request that the winner(s) be recognized on the main IISE website. The IISE staff will invite the first place winner to the Honors & Awards Banquet that takes place during the IISE Annual Conference & Expo, ALL VIRTUAL. The winner(s) will also be recognized at the M&S division town hall meeting held in conjunction with the IISE Annual Conference & Expo, ALL VIRTUAL.

The nomination deadline will be determined annually based on the submission dates for the conference; the track chair should be contacted for further questions.

Paper submission deadline is Nov. 8.

Submit an abstract!

Winner notification: March 15, 2021

Recognition Process

The first place winner will receive a framed certificate from IISE. The second and third places winners will receive a certificate stating place awarded.

2020 Winner

Otto Randolph
Texas State University
"Energy Consumption Optimization in Off-grid Vertical Farming"

Past Winners

Modeling & Simulation Division page