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Jodie Lam, a Master of Management in Operations Research (MMOR) student at Sauder, won the Student Analytical Scholar Competition run by the world's leading society for operations research, INFORMS.

Winning the competition earned her a place at the INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research, with her costs covered, as well as additional networking opportunities such as participating in the Professional Colloquium at the conference. She was joined at the conference by fellow MMOR student Oinlu (Louisa) Chen, who received an honourable mention in the competition.

For the competition, the students developed proposals for analytical work tackling a case study based on a real-life project. Both students presented posters of their work at the conference.

Lam, Chen and their MMOR classmate Alex Dueck were among only 22 students selected internationally to attend the conference's professional colloquium.

The MMOR, offered by Robert H. Lee Graduate School, is a specialized 16-month program providing students with an advanced education in business analytics and operations research. It’s administered by Sauder’s Centre of Operations Excellence which earned a major award at the INFORMS conference: the UPS George D. Smith Prize recognizing excellence in operations research and education.

Phd student selected as finalist

Juan Camilo Serpa, a PhD student in management science has been selected as a finalist for the Best Student Paper Competition run by the Production and Operations Management Society. As a finalist he’s been awarded a ticket to the society's annual conference in May and $500 for expenses; he and four other finalists will present there.

Serpa's paper, co-authored by Associate Professor Harish Krishnan, director of the COE, argues an effect of business insurance is to prevent contractual free-riding. A wealth-constrained firm might coast on a contract because the agreement lacks incentives, while the wealthier firms on the contract do the heavy lifting; the paper argues this insurance can allow the wealthier firms to "credibly commit to lower effort" to even the playing field.