Society for Engineering & Management Systems (SEMS) Best Student Paper Competition

Co-sponsored by Missouri University of Science & Technology and the University of Arkansas

The SEMS Student paper competition recognizes the academic work of students that demonstrates or describes the use of techniques that improve productivity and quality through effective and economical managerial techniques and philosophies. Both undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit papers.

Student winners must present their papers in the ISERC Engineering Management Track at the IIE Annual Conference & Expo, May 21-24, 2016, in Anaheim, Calif. Lead authors of first, second and third winning papers will receive a certificate. The first place winner will be included in the IIE Honors & Awards Program and will be announced on Tuesday before the keynote address. In addition, the first place winner will be on the scrolling PowerPoint Monday and Tuesday morning as people enter the ballroom for the keynote speakers.

We believe that participating in the 2016 SEMS Student Paper Competition is a wonderful way to kick off the professional or academic careers of students!

Eligibility Criteria

  • The applicant must be a full-time student at the time of submission.
  • The paper must present original research results.
  • The research must have been conducted while the applicant was a student.
  • The paper must not have won or been considered for an award in another competition.
  • At least one author must be an IISE member and present the paper at the IIE Annual Conference & Expo.
  • Winning papers will appear on the SEMS website.
  • Winning papers will appear on the SEMS website.
  • Authors will be asked to sign an ethics statement stating that they are full-time students and that the research and writing is their own work.
  • Advising by a non-student is allowed, such as an academic or industry advisor. However, only students can be authors or co-authors.

Abstract submission: Nov. 22, 2016 

Full paper submission deadline: Jan. 30, 2016 

Notification of winners to IIE: March 4, 2016 

The winner will be notified by March 9, 2016 

Submission Form and Ethics Statement 

Please include the submission form and Ethics Statement in your submission package in an electronic format to the committee chair, Dr. Cecilia Martinez. Papers will be blind-reviewed. To this end, do not include any author information in the draft paper submission. Papers must follow the below formatting guidelines. Use the paper template when preparing the manuscript.

Word doc Paper Template | Latex Paper Template 

The winning papers will be published in the ISERC proceedings. Up to three awards may be given upon recommendation of the SEMS selection committee. As this is a student competition, papers co-authored by professors are excluded from the competition, but your professor's assistance is welcome.

The first place winner only, will be officially announced before the Tuesday morning keynote address and be included in the IIE Honors & Awards Program.

The lead authors of the first, second and third place papers will each receive a cash award and certificate:

1st place: $500 

2nd place: $300 

3rd place: $200 

2015 Winners 

First place
Sarah Asio and Sasan Khorasani
Texas Tech University
"Social Media: A Platform for Innovation"

Second place
Fernando Gonzalez Aleu and Heather Keathley
Virginia Tech
"Design and Application of a Meta-Evaluation Framework"

Third place
Andrea Lopez, Sofia Garcia and Maria Eugenia Rendon
Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico
"Eliminating Seven Transportation Wastes to Increase Customer Service Level"

Past Winners

For more information, contact Bonnie Cameron or call (800) 494-0460, ext. 105.

SEMS website 

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