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Society for Health Systems (SHS) Graduate Student Paper Competition

The Society for Health Systems (SHS) is pleased to announce the 2015 Graduate Student Paper Competition!

The winning submission will receive a $1,000 cash award and $500 per team for travel expenses to present their project at the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference 2015, held Feb. 18-20, 2015, in Orlando, Florida. The submission deadline is Dec. 20, 2014. Paper submissions can include multiple student authors and should describe applied projects, research results, case studies, class projects or other work efforts in which industrial engineering skills were applied to a problem arising in healthcare systems engineering. The first author on the paper must be a student. Judging criteria are based on originality, technical merit, relevance, organization and quality of the paper.

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2014 Graduate Winners
Serpil Mutlu and Rachel J. Miller, Healthcare Systems Engineering Institute Northeastern University, Boston, Mass.
Title: "Optimizing Resident-based Teamlet Schedules to Improve Continuity in Primary Care"

 2014 Graduate Student Paper Competition Winners 
(left to right) Serpil Mutlu, Rachel J. Miller and Conference Chair Karl Kraebber


2013 Graduate Winner:
Sabrina Casucci, University at Buffalo, SUNY
Title: A Theoretical Model for Patient Care Transition Process to Reduce Hospital Readmissions

 Sabrina Casucci 


2012 Graduate and Undergraduate Winners 

 Student Paper Winners - 2012 Conference 

Winner of the undergraduate competition: Eulisa Rivera, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez
Consistent Detection of Cancer Biomarkers with Linear Models 

Winner of the graduate competition: Shoshana Hahn-Goldberg, University of Toronto
Dynamic Template Scheduling to Address Uncertainty in Complex Scheduling Problems: A Case Study on Chemotherapy Outpatient Scheduling 


2011 Graduate and Undergraduate Winners:
2011 Student Paper Winners
Winner of the undergraduate competition:
Vanda Ametlli, Wayne State University
Improving Inpatient Discharge Process to Reduce Readmission 

Winner of the graduate competition:
Martine Dagenais, Hocine Bouarab, Sophie Champalle, Nadia Lahrichi, Antoine Legrain and Mehdi Taobane, École Polytechnique de Montréal
Nurse Scheduling: From the Theoretical Modeling to Practical Resolution 

2010 Graduate and Undergraduate Winners: 

Student Paper Competition 2010 
Winner of the undergraduate competition:
Miekie Treurnicht, Stellenbosch University
A Decision Support Framework for Telemedicine Implementation in the Developing World 

Winner of the graduate competition:
William Herring, University of Maryland - College Park
A Stochastic Dynamic Program for the Single-day Surgery Scheduling Problem 

2009 Graduate and Undergraduate Winners:
Winner of the undergraduate competition:
Ashley Wampler, Kristen Moore and Zach Adams, North Carolina State University
Optimization of Overtime Costs and Operating Room Utilization 

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

2008 Graduate and Undergraduate Winners:
Winner of the undergraduate competition:
Sarah Shacter, Georgia Tech
Building a Consumer-Driven Healthcare System: Making Consumer-Driven Health Plans Effective

Winner of the graduate competition:
Faramroze Engineer, Georgia Tech
Catch-up Scheduling for Childhood Vaccination

2007 Graduate and Undergraduate Winners:
Winner of the undergraduate competition:
Alison Wachs, Tennessee Technological University
Improving Patient Satisfaction in a Cancer Center

Winner of the graduate competition:
Xiuli (Shelly) Qu, Purdue University
Determining Provider Scheduling Templates in Open Access Clinics