OR What? INFORMS Student Video Competition


First Place: Virginia Tech INFORMS Student Chapter
Aakash Bhatt, Paul Bartholomew, Saloumeh Sadeghzadeh, Ngoc Nguyen, and Hussein El Hajj




Second Place: University of Michigan INFORMS Student Chapter 
Karmel Shehadeh, Qi Luo, Gian-Gabriel Garcia, Emily Tucker, Ece Sanci, and Fatemeh Navidi


Third Place: Clemson University Industrial Engineering Department 
Juliana Arango Calderon, Berkay Gulcan, and Jonathan Lonski

Thanks to student chapters and individuals who participated in the competition. We loved the creativity and passion for ORMS you showed in your videos!

Operations Research, Management Science, and Analytics are saving lives, saving money and solving problems. That’s what inspires students like you to pursue careers in these incredible and growing fields.

But too often students don’t learn about Operations Research, Management Science,  and Analytics until they reach graduate school.

We Can Change That!

The INFORMS Student Affairs Committee held a new student video contest to promote ORMS and Analytics to undergraduate students.

  • Think about what inspires you…
  • Why you chose this field…
  • How you want your career to make a difference in the world…

Then make a video, by yourself or with your friends, that brings operations research and analytics to life for younger students.

Video entries were judged by a diverse panel of INFORMS members, including members of the Student Affairs Committee, and cash prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners.


The best videos will win cash prizes for the entrants’ INFORMS Student Chapter.

  • 1st place - $1,500
  • 2nd place - $1,000
  • 3rd place - $500


megaphoneLet Your Friends Know!

starsJudging Criteria

  • Inspiration/Creativity: How interesting is the video to watch? 25%

  • Clarity: How well does the video explain the concept of ORMS and Analytics to those who have never heard of it before? 25%

  • Value: How well does the video show the value and power of ORMS and Analytics “Saving lives, saving money, solving problems”? 20%

  • Diversity: How well does the video portray the OR/MS/Analytics field as inclusive and welcoming of underrepresented groups? 20%

  • Quality: How well made and edited is the video? 5%

  • Rules: Did the video comply with contest rules? 5%

fine_printThe Fine Print

Please review the contest rules closely. INFORMS reserves the right to determine whether the entries comply with the rules.

  • All INFORMS student chapters and INFORMS student members are eligible.
  • Students may submit a video on their own or as part of a group.
  • Videos must not be more than two minutes in length.
  • Videos links should be set for INFORMS to download.
  • Videos must be produced by students and be in good taste.
  • Videos must be filmed in English or English subtitles must be provided.
  • Don’t include any copyrighted material in your production including music or graphics.
  • Entries must be submitted online no later than December 14, 2018.
  • Entries will be judged by a diverse committee of INFORMS members, including members of the Student Affairs Committee.
  • The first prize will be $1,500, second prize $1,000, and third prize $500. The contest committee may decide not to award all three prizes, depending on number of submissions and quality.
  • Cash prizes will be awarded to the university department or student chapter of the participant(s), rather than to any individual student.
  • Winning videos will serve as inspiration for a professionally produced video used to promote Operations Research, Management Science, and Analytics across various distribution channels. The INFORMS marketing department will manage production and promotion of the final video.
  • Student videos may also be used for promotion in their original version, or an edited version, at the discretion of the INFORMS marketing department.
  • All students involved in each video submission must agree to the statements on the Contest Agreement & Release Form, and signal their agreement by signing the form.


judging_committeeJudging Panel

Video entries will be judged by a diverse panel of INFORMS members, including members of the Student Affairs Committee.

  • Sara Nourazari, Assistant Professor, California State University, Long Beach
  • David Czerwinski, Associate Professor, San Jose State University
  • Tulay Flamand, Assistant Professor, Colorado School of Mines
  • Julie Hammett, Student, Texas A&M University
  • Ashley Kilgore, INFORMS Public Relations Manager
  • Ted Ralphs, Professor, Lehigh University
  • Jorge Samayoa, Director of Operations Research, Galileo University