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Posted on 13 December 2011

The OR Society

O.R. Society Doctoral Prize 2011

The O.R. Society is inviting people to submit entries for the best doctoral dissertation in O.R.  With a prize fund of up to £2500 plus conference places available for the winner and runners-up, this represents an exciting new development for PhD students.

The prize, for the "Most Distinguished Body of Research leading to the Award of a Doctorate in the field of OR", will be an annual one, with the award being made at the OR Society’s Annual conference in September 2012.  The qualifying period is the calendar year in which the PhD or DPhil is defended or approved; in the case of the first award this will be 1st January 2011 to 31st December 2011.  The thesis being submitted for consideration must have been examined at a UK University within the relevant time period. 

The winner of the award would win a cash prize of £1500. There could also be up to two runners- up who would each receive £500.  In addition, the successful candidates would be expected to present their work at the annual conference of the OR Society.  A significant contribution towards to cost of the conference would be available to all three prize winners. The winner would also have their name engraved on the George Paterson shield as a permanent record of their achievement.

Initial nominations would normally be from the external examiner who has identified the body of research as of exceptional quality.  The criteria for the award are as follows:

  • How conceptually robust the research is, in terms of all relevant theory from all relevant disciplines
  • The level of originality in terms of the synthesis provided, and the new insights it has developed
  • How relevant the work is in terms of potential implementation
  • Why the methodology adopted during the research is better when compared to alternative approaches to the issues addressed
  • The clarity of explanation with appropriate links to all relevant literature
  • The extent to which it provides a platform for further related developments

Entry Process

There are three elements to this:

  1. A nomination from the External Examiner of the thesis.  This should be about 750 words in length and illustrate how the work done meets the criteria for this award.    
  2. An extended abstract written by the student.  This should be about 1000 words in length and contain a summary of the work done and how it contributes to the academic development of the subject area.  The abstract should be clearly understandable to an informed lay reader.   A list of published (including those submitted for publication) works as a result of the research should be included as an Appendix.  
  3. A report from the supervisor of the student.  This should contain a list of people involved in the viva along with five potential advisors who are able to comment authoritatively on the quality of the research.

The deadline for receipt of submissions is 30 JUNE 2012.  All submissions should be to Gavin Blackett, OR Society Secretary & General Manager (

The winner and runners-up for this award will be announced in August 2012, and each successful student will be invited to attend the 2012 Annual conference to present their work.

For further information, please see the awards pages.