The UK Chapter of the System Dynamics Society awards an annual prize for the best piece of student work in system dynamics during the latest calendar year. The Award is announced and presented at the Annual Gathering, held in the early months of the following year.
Entries of up to 20 pages in total can be drawn from a dissertation for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree or a paper – whether published or not – or from a PhD (but not the full thesis itself!). We hope this prize will foster the continued growth of system dynamics in the UK among younger people, give public recognition to good work, and give the winner the chance to meet other workers in the field. The winner(s) will receive various benefits:
- A cheque for £250
- Free attendance at the annual UK System Dynamics Gathering
- An opportunity to make a short presentation on the work at the Gathering
- A commemorative certificate
The work is judged by a panel drawn from the Policy Council of the UK Chapter. The judges’ decision will be final and correspondence will not be entered into. The judges reserve the right not to make an award if in their opinion, no work of sufficient quality is submitted. In reaching their judgement, the assessors will pay attention to:
- The inherent quality of the work, taking account of the time available and the nature of the course.
- The ability to transform a problem into a genuine system dynamics framework or, alternatively, a development in the theory and methodology of system dynamics. Both qualitative and quantitative System Dynamics will be considered, provided the work is rigorous.
- The clarity of the explanation of the work.
- Evidence that the student has understood the underlying theory and principles of system dynamics, not just the intricacies of a given software tool.
To be considered for the student prize please complete the online Entry Form.
Applicants for the prize must be available to attend the Gathering and present their work.
The deadline for submission is 13th January 2012.
Past Prize Winners
- 2010 – Rhys Lewis, “Understanding empty property management in a local government housing department”
- 2009 – No winner
- 2008 – Guiseppe Santoro, “The Development of the Biodiesel Industry and it’s Implications for the Glycerine Industry”
- 2007 – No winner
- 2006 – James Kearney, “A System Dynamics Analysis of the ‘Superclub’ Phenomenon in Popular Youth Culture – 1990 – 2004”
- 2005 – Dr. Mark Ratnarajah, “The European Working Time Directive Effect on Junior Doctor Attrition from the British National Health Service”
- 2004 – Kathryn Taylor, “Exploring the Consequences of Shifting the Balance of Health Care: The Case of the Shift in Cardiac Catheterisation Services”
- 2003 – Dr. Will Liddell, “Qualitative Politicised Influence Diagrams Applied to a Large NHS General Practice”
- 2002 – Dr. Lazaros Petrides, “The Economics of a Biting Minimum Wage”
- 2001 – Dr. Patricia Woodhead, “The Value of Using Qualitative System Dynamics in Strategic Problems in the NHS”