Paper Competition

General Information

  • The 2019 IISE North Central Regional Paper Competition will take place on March 1st, 2019 at 3 PM.

  • All submissions must be made electronically to the Dropbox at the bottom of this page by the end of the day on January 28th, 2019.

  • Prizes for first, second, and third place are $500, $300, and $200 respectively.

  • Note that the faculty adviser, 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.   Because we are having submissions completed online, this should be done by emailing the 2019 IISE Conference Committee at

  • We've summarized the most important info for you below, but the full official rules can be found on the IISE website here.


  • Students must be an undergraduate student when the nominated paper is written.

  • Paper can be projects done for a company as part of a course, internship, or other activity. They may be undergraduate research projects done at the home institution.

  • A faculty member may serve as an adviser 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.

  • The paper should be written in a professional journal format, including page numbers and table of contents. Every principal author must make an oral presentation at their respective University Region Conference. The first place winner will be eligible to compete in the Undergraduate Technical Paper Competition Global Finals at the IISE Annual Conference & Expo in May 18-21, 2019 in Orlando, Florida.


  • 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, must be informed of the change.

  • 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 oral presentation at the region level may be made in the native language of the competitor, however, 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.


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

  • Judging is based on three criteria:

    • Depth, significance and originality of subject matter

    • Excellence of written presentation

    • Excellence of oral presentation

Paper and Page Layout Requirements

  • 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.

  • 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 writer.

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