SMS Best Conference PhD Paper Prize
The SMS with the initial support from the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton created this award in 2000 in recognition of a PhD candidate's presentation of an outstanding paper at the SMS Annual International Conference.
The formal criteria for PhD candidates to submit their work for this award are as follows:
- He/she must be the primary author of a presented proposal for the conference (either sole author or first author on a paper that includes no more than one faculty co-author)
- He/she must expect to be enrolled full-time and in-residence as a PhD student during the 2009/2010 academic year.
PhD candidates are invited to submit a full paper version of their submitted proposal for consideration by the review committee. These are studied before the conference and 10 finalists are named prior to the conference.
Thus far 65 individuals have been awarded this honor. An additional 35 individuals have been named as Runners-Up; this portion of the award was discontinued after 2006.