"Rewards for outstanding work in a field promote its quality
as well as bring it deserving publicity."
MOS awards prizes to promote excellence and to reward achievement in mathematical optimization. Most
prizes are awarded at the triennial Symposium of the Society. Some are co-sponsored by other
professional societies, including the Society for
Industrial and Applied Mathematics and the American
The available prizes are listed on the left.
Find here a video of the MOS Online Award Ceremony 2021 (will open in new tab).
MOS Prize Bylaws
The MOS prize bylaws are described in detail in the MOS Bylaws [pdf], which also serves
as the official document.
Awarding the Prizes
- Prizes will normally be awarded in a ceremony at a Symposium. If a winner does not
attend the award ceremony, the Society will send the award via registered mail to any
address designated by the winner.
- In the absence of an acceptance or appropriate mailing instructions from a winner within
a reasonable time, all material parts of the award will be deemed to be forfeited and revert
to the Society. In the event of such a forfeiture the winner will continue to be listed as a
prize winner, unless the Society has been specifically requested not to do so by the
winner. If a winner seeks at some future time to claim a forfeited award, the Council must
approve payment of the forfeited award.
- All prize winners will be informed of their selection prior to the prize's award
ceremony. The above procedure permits a prize to be awarded even if the winner does not
respond promptly to the notice of the award. This may occur if there is insufficient time
between notification of the winner and the award ceremony to permit the winner to respond.
Supporting the Prizes
If a fund for any prize sponsored or cosponsored by the Society is depleted, the Society
may consider supporting the prizes out of its own resources, but it is under no obligation to
provide any such support, except as noted in the bylaws for a specific prize.