2021 Student Paper Prize

The CORS Queueing Special Interest Group (SIG) is pleased to announce the ninth annual student prize competition, to be awarded at the CORS Annual Conference.

The submission deadline for this year’s competition is January 31, 2021 (extended to February 28, 2021). Please send your submission to selection committee chair Dr. Vahid Sarhangian (sarhangian@mie.utoronto.ca).


Students should submit a copy of their paper, plus a letter from their supervisor attesting to their pivotal role and contributions to the results.


The competition is for the best student-led paper submitted to a refereed publication, either a journal or the proceedings of a conference. Papers entered in the competition must have already been submitted by December 31, 2020. Papers do not need to be published at the time of submission; however, a letter indicating acceptance or soliciting a revision may be submitted along with the paper, as supplementary evidence of its merit. Papers that have appeared in print prior to 2020 will not be considered. A student may submit only one paper for consideration in any year.


Eligibility is restricted to: (i) full-time students (either at a Canadian institution or a Canadian studying outside of Canada) in good standing who do not yet hold their degree on the application deadline and (ii) students who are not previous recipients of a CORS Queueing SIG student prize.

Application deadline:

January 31, 2021 (extended to February 28, 2021)


Work will be judged by a three-member committee: Dr. Yichuan Daniel Ding, Dr. Rouba Ibrahim, and Dr. Vahid Sarhangian (chair). All applications and questions should be sent to sarhangian@mie.utoronto.ca

2020 Winner

The winner of the Eighth CORS Queueing SIG Annual Student Paper Prize is Mona Imanpoor Yourdshahy from UBC, supervised by Tim Huh and Stephen Shechter, with the winning paper titled "Equilibrium Joining Strategies in the Presence of a Prerequisite Condition for Receiving Service". The paper was chosen for its relevance, the novelty of the technical analysis, and the insights that it brings to the strategic behaviour of customers in queues. In addition, the committee was impressed with the level of exposition. An honourable mention was given to Haoran Wu from the University of Waterloo for the paper “Double-Sided Queues with Marked Markovian Arrival Processes and Abandonment”. The selection committee members are Drs. Douglas Down (Chair), Vahid Sarhangian, and Armann Ingolfsson.