2023 SCOT INFORMS scholarship recipients announced
Program is aimed at expanding participation in operations research, management science, and analytics research for those from underrepresented backgrounds.
In 2021, Amazon’s Supply Chain Optimization Technologies (SCOT) organization announced the establishment of the SCOT/INFORMS scholarships program to help expand the pipeline of operations research, management science, and analytics talent from underrepresented backgrounds.
Today Amazon SCOT is announcing the newest INFORMS cohort. This year’s class comprises 15 recipients who are pursuing degrees or possible careers in industrial and systems engineering, systems science, statistics and operations research, supply chain analytics, transportation supply chain management, civil engineering, and computer science.
“I am profoundly grateful to the Amazon SCOT science team for the support to attend and participate in the INFORMS annual meeting,” said Vivian Nwadiaru, a PhD candidate at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. “As a beneficiary of the program, I get to have access to mentors and resources within the Amazon Science team, which to me is a rare and delightful networking opportunity.”
To ensure inclusivity, the recipients include those who are either already actively engaged in operations research (OR) and management science (MS) studies as well as those who have had little to no training in traditional OR/MS courses but are considering graduate studies or careers in these fields.
"Being able to attend INFORMS is a tremendous opportunity,” noted Ryan Rodriguez, an undergrad at the Georgia Institute of Technology. “I am very grateful to have the chance to attend high-impact sessions on research I am interested in, network with peers, and explore exciting potential collaborations with those in similar fields. This scholarship has accelerated my path towards a PhD.”
Members of this year's class — comprising undergrad juniors and seniors as well as graduate students — receive free conference registration and stipends to cover hotel accommodations and transportation expenses for those who attend in person.
"I'm thrilled for the chance to attend INFORMS through the Amazon SCOT scholarship,” said Ayesha Farooq, a graduate student at Kansas State University. “It's a fantastic opportunity to learn, network, and contribute."
This year’s cohort will also be provided opportunities to connect with Amazon SCOT scientists to explore mentorship and networking opportunities; to meet with members of the INFORMS Minority Issues Forum, ambassador graduate students, and INFORMS staff; and to attend INFORMS society meetings and university-sponsored receptions, as well as plenaries, selected talks/posters, and tutorials.
Below is the list of the 2023 recipients, along with their universities and majors.
|Fernando Acosta-Perez||University of Wisconsin-Madison||Industrial and systems engineering|
|Adeola Adegbemijo||Binghamton University||Systems science and industrial engineering|
|Nathan Adeyemi||Northeastern University||Industrial engineering|
|Grace Babalola||Binghamton University||Industrial and systems engineering|
|Ayesha Farooq||Kansas State University||Industrial engineering|
|Henry Ivuawuogu||North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University||Industrial and systems engineering|
|Caroline Johnston||University of Southern California||Industrial and systems engineering|
|Jiayue-Sylvia Li||University of California, Berkeley||Industrial engineering and operations research|
|Ogechi Vivian Nwadiaru||University of Massachusetts, Amherst||Industrial engineering and operations research|
|Paula Penagos||University of Missouri-St. Louis||Supply chain and analytics|
|Anastasia Rivera||Huston-Tillotson University||Computer science|
|Ryan Rodriguez||Georgia Institute of Technology||Industrial engineering|
|Austin Iglesias Saragih||Massachusetts Institute of Technology||Transportation–supply chain management|
|Jessica Shi||Columbia University||Operations research|
|Morgan Wood||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill||Statistics and operations research|