IISE work systems division (WS) best student paper competition

Sponsored by the Work Systems Division

The Work Systems Division (WS) recognizes students are a large part of IISE membership. With over 1,100 students in the division, this competition will serve as an incentive to encourage students to continue developing the field of Work Systems. The winner will be recognized at the IISE Annual Conference & Expo in Montreal, Canada, May 18-21, 2024. This award includes a $250 cash prize.  

Eligibility Requirements

  • Candidate papers will come from those submitted (or transferred) to the Work Systems and Services track and accepted through the normal submission process.
  • Multiple students can co-author a paper. At least one must be a member of IISE and the Work Systems Division at the time of paper submission. All student co-authors should have their names listed before any non-students in the list of authors.
  • The student(s) must have carried out a substantial part of the research reported in the paper.
  • Final paper deadline is Feb. 18, 2024.

Evaluation Process

The Work Systems Division Board will evaluate the qualified papers and select a winner. The winning paper will be announced by Mar. 24, 2024, via a direct email to the winner and recognized at the Work Systems Division Town Hall Meeting conducted at the IISE Annual Conference & Expo, May 18-21, 2024, Montreal, Canada. The winning paper will also be announced via an IISE connect message to the Work Systems Division.

Questions? Contact Amy Straub.


Paper Submission Deadline: Feb. 18, 2024
Winner Notification: Mar. 24, 2024


  • First prize winner(s) will receive a certificate with a hardback cover at the Work Systems townhall meeting at the 2024 Annual Conference.
  • Second and Third prize winners will receive a digital certificate and be recognized at the Work Systems townhall meeting at the 2024 Annual Conference
  • First, second, and third prize winners will be recognized on the Work Systems webpage and in the Work Systems newsletter
  • First, second, and third prize winners will be recognized in ISE magazine.
  • If the award has a sponsor, then a monetary prize may also be presented. If a monetary award is made, the donor will be recognized.

2023 Winners

Marian Obuseh, Dr. Denny Yu, and Dr. Lora Cavuoto
Purdue University
"A Sensor-Based Framework for Layout and Workflow Assessment in Surgical Operating Rooms"