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The AIS Student Chapter Competition Is Here!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014  

James Parrish, VP of Student Chapters
Nova Southeastern University

It’s nearly 2015, and the AIS student chapters are kicking it off in a huge way with the AIS student chapter competition! This year’s competition includes the QVC Analytics Challenge in which students will create data visualizations with real-world data sets from companies such as Merck, QVC, NBCUniversal, and Lockheed Martin to solve a real-world problem. This track also boasts prizes totaling $5,000!

This competition is open to all AIS-member institutions.  If you are a member of AIS, then your students can enter the competition. Those institutions with an established AIS student chapter (that wins in the preliminary round) are automatically qualified to compete in the finals.  If your schools does not yet have a student chapter, please contact me so I can help you get started and enable you to compete in the finals.   It’s really a win-win!

The AIS Student Chapter Leadership Conference, where the final competition presentations are made and the award winners are announced, will be held at the University of Alabama on April 9-11, 2015, and is shaping up to be an incredible event. Students will have the opportunity to interact with executives, listen to panel discussions, exchange best practices, and, of course, have fun with their peers! We are also hosting an on-site competition for all conference attendees, so even if your chapter is not a finalist in some of the track competitions, they will still have a shot to win while at the conference.

In addition to an engaging competition and exciting conference, we will also be announcing several new student chapters and valuable new benefits for students and faculty advisors in the coming year. As you can see, it really is a great time to be part of this program. And, as an IS faculty member myself, it has become clear to me that student chapters produce students that help to market the department to other students and well-spoken, enthusiastic future employees for various companies. I may be biased, but I don’t see how any program can’t afford to have an AIS student chapter! 

I would like to close by offering best wishes for a prosperous 2015 from myself, the members of the AIS Student Chapters Advisory Board, the dedicated AIS Student Chapter Faculty Advisors, and all of the AIS student chapter members across the three AIS regions.  If you are interested in learning more, please feel free to contact me at, or Patrick Dockins as 

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