2015 Society for Health Systems 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.

Click here for submission form/information.

Click here for paper guidelines.

2015 SHS YouTube Video Contest

We are pleased to announce the 2015 SHS YouTube Video Contest!

We invite you to produce a video that will promote the application of industrial engineering profession in healthcare to high school students, undergraduate students and faculty. The video should be a minimum of 3 minutes and a maximum of 10 minutes.

The winning video will receive a cash prize provided by the Society for Health Systems. Awards will be presented during the award ceremony at the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference.

For more information, please click here.

New for the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference 2015 – an exciting student simulation competition.

FlexSim_Logo_1The competition is sponsored by FlexSim Software Products Inc.

Teams of a maximum of four IE students solve a "real-world" healthcare situational case study using FlexSim's simulation software. This case study is prepared by FlexSim. Student team members and their faculty advisor are not required to be members of IIE or SHS to enter the competition, but they will become SHS members if they are one of the three teams selected to compete at the finals courtesy of FlexSim. The finalists must be able to attend the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference, Feb. 18-20, 2015, in Orlando, Fla.

General Rules and Guidelines

  • Teams consists of a maximum of four students, plus an advisor. Teams can have no more than two graduate students.
  • FlexSim will provide software and software licenses to all students who are interested in participating.
  • They are given approximately nine weeks to develop their solutions.
  • Three finalist teams are selected to present their solutions for final judging at the IIE Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference.
  • Each finalist team will receive $1,250 US for travel expenses to the finals, plus complimentary conference registration, cash awards and a framed certificate.
  • Winners will be announced at the conference.

Important Dates

  • Deadline: Entry forms were due by Sept. 30, 2014.
  • Case study will be sent to the teams the first week of October 2014.
  • Deadline extended: Solutions to the case study need to be submitted to FlexSim no later than Dec. 20, 2014.
  • The three finalist teams will be notified the first week of January 2015.

Additional cash prizes are also awarded to competitors based on their finishing position: 

  • First place: $2,500 US to the team
  • Second place: $1,500 US to the team
  • Third place: $1,000 US to the team

Submit one online entry form per team with payment information for the $30 US entry fee. This fee is non-refundable. If paying by check, send completed entry form and payment to:

Attn: Bonnie Cameron
3577 Parkway Lane
Suite 200
Norcross, GA 30092

Questions? Contact Bonnie Cameron at or (770) 449-0461, ext. 105.

Poster Competition

This year’s poster session will be a bit divergent from years past. Posters will be submitted and approved as usual, but at the conference all poster presenters will be given the opportunity to speak to their work during intersession periods/receptions. The posters will be divided between two different tracks: Applied and Research projects. After these facilitated sessions, judges and attendees will have the opportunity to speak with posters of interest to them. Judges will gather and discuss the projects accordingly and at the end of the proceedings, award a first and second place award to each track.

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