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MORS prizes and awards call attention to excellence, to advances in the field and to individuals of distinction. Click on each individual award or prize to learn more information and to see the listing of previous winners.Contact MORS Awards’ Chair, Mr. Jed Richards,, (937) 713-7177 or email with any questions.


Richard H. Barchi Prize: The Barchi Prize recognizes the best paper given at the previous MORS Symposium (MORSS).Eligible participants are notified in December. Deadline: 26 February 2021

David Rist Prize: The Rist Prize recognizes the practical benefit sound operations research can have on “real life” decision making and seeks the best implemented military operations research study from those submitted in response to a call for entries. Deadline: 29 January 2021

Eugene P. Visco Prize: The purpose of this prize is to promote collaboration between the international operations research community and MORS by providing a high quality presentation selected at the annual Emerging Techniques Forum (ETF) to the International Symposium on Military Operational Research (ISMOR) every year. This prize will provide a Junior Analyst the opportunity to present at the ISMOR, held in the United Kingdom every summer. The selected presenter will be provided admission to the ISMOR along with housing and travel expenses. 

This prize was established in March 2019 to honor and to memorialize Gene Visco, FS, who was an ardent supporter of collaboration within the international operations research community and for years represented MORS during the ISMOR. Gene was also a constant supporter of MORS junior analysts and a champion for quality presentations.

Student Awards

Dr. James T. Moore Graduate Research PrizeMORS presents a Graduate Research Prize to an OR student in the graduating class at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT). The Operational Sciences faculty at AFIT establishes the specific standards for the Prize and selects the winner for each class.

The Tisdale Graduate Research Prize: MORS presents a Graduate Research Prize to an OR student in the graduating class at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). The OR faculty at NPS establish the specific standards for the Prize and select the winner for each class.

Student Competition

Richard E. Rosenthal Student Competition: A prized feature of the MORS Education and Professional Development (EPD) Colloquium, the Richard E. Rosenthal Student Competition is a “quick reaction analysis” competition which allows students from all participating institutions to work on an OR problem together, demonstrate their skills and learn different ways to approach a problem toward a team solution.

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