SHS Student Paper Competition

The Society for Health Systems is pleased to announce the 2010 Student Paper Competition. The winners will present their projects during the SHS/ASQ Conference and Expo 2010, Feb. 25-28 in Atlanta.

Submissions may include research projects, theoretical research, case studies, class projects, or any type of methodology in which IE skills were used or could be used to improve a health care related service, product, or process. Project should not be limited to patients; the process of patient flow can be affected by several aspects beyond the patient, e.g., lab turnaround times, scheduling and so forth.

Judging criteria will be based on originality and soundness, applicability, methodology, organization and quality of the paper. For the participants with the top three scores in the graduate competition, an oral presentation also will be part of the competition.

Winners in both the undergraduate and graduate competitions will receive a cash gift of $1,000 per team and an additional $500 per team for air/hotel/miscellaneous travel expenses.

Submission deadline – Dec. 16
Winners will be notified – Jan. 10, 2010

Graduate Paper Award sponsored by Premier Inc. and presented by SHS

2009 Student Paper Competition winners

Winner of the undergraduate competition:
        Optimization of Overtime Costs and Operating Room Utilization
        Ashley Wampler, Kristen Moore and Zach Adams
        North Carolina State University

Winner of the graduate competition:
        Modeling Influenza Pandemic, Interventiuon Strategies and Food Distribution
        Ali Ekici
        Georgia Institute of Technology

2008 Student Paper Competition winners

Winner of the undergraduate competition:
        Building a Consumer-Driven Healthcare System: Making Consumer-Driven Health Plans Effective       
        Sarah I. Shacter
        Georgia Institute of Technology       
Winner of the graduate competition:
        Catch-up Scheduling for Childhood Vaccination
        Faramroze G. Engineer
        Georgia Institute of Technology        

2007 Student Paper Competition winners

Winner of the undergraduate competition:
        Improving Patient Satisfaction in a Cancer Center
        Alison Wachs
        Tennessee Technological University
        Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering
Winner of the graduate competition:       
        Determining Provider Scheduling Templates in Open Access Clinics
        Xiuli (Shelly) Qu
        Purdue University School of Industrial Engineering