Technical Paper Competition

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IISE Great Lakes Regional Technical Paper Competition 2020

Paper Competition Committee Members: Anna Konstant, Maren Rischer, Charlie Burian

General Information

Deadline to Submit: January 11, 2020 @ 11:59 p.m.

Submit Paper and Submission Form to: WMU IISE Chapter President Cortney York ( with a cc’ to Anna Konstant (

Paper and Letter of Submission Should be Submitted in English as Individual Color PDF Files.

Additional Information/Details:

Additional Questions: Email Anna Konstant (

Rules and Guidelines Adapted from the IISE Undergraduate Student Technical Paper Competition Global

Regional Winners

The region winners will be announced during the Great Lakes Regional Conference. The host chapter will present monetary awards to the winners:

  • First Place - $500
  • Second Place - $300
  • Third Place - $200

The host chapter chairperson of the Great Lakes Regional Conference will send an electronic version of the first, second, and third place papers the IISE Headquarters no later than one week after the regional conference concludes. All finalists whose membership has expired before the finals must renew their membership prior to the region conference or they will not be able to represent their region.

The first-place winner will be eligible to compete in the Undergraduate Technical Paper Competition Global Finals at the IISE Annual Conference & Expo from May 30-June 2, 2020 in New Orleans, LA.


  • Students must be an undergraduate student when the nominated paper was written.
  • Paper can be from projects done for a company, as part of a course, internship, or other activity. They may be undergraduate research projects done at the students’ home institution.
  • A faculty member may serve as an advisor on a project, but the work should primarily be done by the students.
  • A faculty member cannot be a co-author of the paper.
  • Only IISE members are eligible to participate.
  • Each participating university, including the host institution, may submit up to two papers as entries[1].

English is the official language of the IISE Annual Conference & Expo. The written document must also be submitted in English for judging at the international level. Translation services are not provided by IISE.

IISE Formatting Requirements[2]

The paper should be written in a professional journal format (described below), including page numbers and table of contents. Every principal (first) author must make an oral presentation, in English, at the 2020 IISE Great Lakes Regional Conference.

Papers must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • 8½-inch x 11-inch paper
  • The paper should not exceed 20 pages including appendices.
  • Font should be Times New Roman, point size 11.
  • Margins of 1 inch (2.5 cm) all around.
  • Single spacing
  • Full text justification

The following information should be placed at the top of the first page:

  • Paper title: 16 point Times New Roman bold and centered.
  • Author(s) listing: 12 point Times New Roman bold, centered and include names, university, city, state, zip code and country.

Text should be organized into sections and subsections, with an introduction and a conclusions section being advisable. A single line should separate paragraphs; no indentation should be used. Font guidelines are as follows:

  • Section headings: numbered, 12 point, bold, upper and lower case, left-justified and leave one blank line above only.
  • Section sub-headings: numbered, 11 point, bold, upper and lower case, left-justified and leave one blank line above only.
  • Regular text: 11 point Times New Roman, full justified and a single line between paragraphs.
  • Sub-bullets must be indented.

Figures, tables and their captions

  • Tables and figures when included in the main text need to be as close to the point of their introduction as possible. It is noted that figure and table numbering should be independent.

Captions guidelines are as follows:

  • Figure captions: 10 point Times New Roman, centered and place below the figure, leave one blank line above and below.
  • Table caption: 10 point Times New Roman, centered and place above the table, leave one blank line above only.

Equations should be centered and numbered, with the number in parentheses, positioned flush to the right margin. Preferably, they should be prepared with an equation editor.


Judging is based 75 percent on written presentation and 25 percent on oral presentation. Each presenter will be allowed an equal amount of time, not to exceed 15 minutes plus three minutes for a question and answer period. The Host Committee is will establish the actual minutes allowed, which will be a function of the number of entries received. Questions can come only from students and judges outside the presenter’s chapter.


  • Depth, significance, and originality of subject matter
  • Excellence of written presentation
  • Excellence of oral presentation

There will be a minimum of three judges. Faculty members from competing schools will not serve as judges. The Judging forms are found in the appendices. The same forms will be used for all levels of competition, including the international level.

Additionally, the judges will have little or no ties to any of the competing chapters or competitors. The judges will deliver their results on the same day of the oral presentations. The judging will take place in two steps:

  • Written paper: All scores will be submitted before oral presentations begin
  • Oral presentation: Scoring will occur immediately after the presentation

No ranking shall be made until both scores have been tabulated. The important directive is that papers must be original works by undergraduate students. Multi-authored papers are permissible; however, it is assumed that one person will be the principal author and this person will make the oral presentation. The award will be given to the principal author only.

Additional Information

  • The entry form is only submitted at the level of the region conference. For the international competition, the host institution sends the first, second, and third place winning papers along with the faculty advisor’s certification that it is undergraduate work and that the student is a member of IISE. The papers will be submitted in electronic format (preferably as a color PDF) within one week of the conclusion of the region conference. It is recommended that competitors at the regional conference level submit papers and certifications to the host chapter via color PDFs.
  • Each student chapter can select up to two papers for the competition at its University Region Conference. If there are more than two competing papers from a chapter, the chapter should conduct its own competition at the local level to determine which two papers will compete at the regional level. The individual chapter competitions are not the responsibility of the region conference host.
  • Multi-authored papers are permitted, provided the names of all authors are on the paper. If four or fewer chapters participate in the University Region Competition, a maximum of three papers may be accepted from each school. All schools, however, will be informed of the change.
  • The faculty advisor, or department head, of the participating school must certify that the paper is an undergraduate work and that the student is a member of IISE. This should be stated on the first page of his or her letter of submission.
  • The participants in the international competition will be the first place winners of each of the University Region Conferences. This competition will include an oral presentation by the finalists in front of their peers and professional ISEs at the IISE Annual Conference & Expo. Again, the winning regional paper must be submitted in English. Translation services are not provided by IISE.
  • Only the first place winner (one paper) will represent a region in the competition at the IISE Annual Conference & Expo.
  • In the event that the first place winner is unable to present at the finals, the second place winner will represent the region at the finals.

[1] If four or fewer chapters participate in the University Region Competition, a maximum of three papers may be accepted from each school. All schools, however, will be informed of the change.

[2] All formatting requirements are from IISE Undergraduate Technical Paper Competition Global