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Research Paper Competition 2013

Winners of the 2013 research competition receiving their certificates

Students from universities in Russia and abroad have until October 31st to submit their applications for HSE’s open competition for research conducted in business informatics, computer science, mathematics, media communications, and political science.

This will be the 14th year of the HSE student research competition, which began as a student initiative. The competition now covers 20 different fields of study, five of which will be open not only to HSE students this year, but to students from other universities as well. Each area will feature two competitions – one for bachelor’s students and one for master’s students and 2016 graduates. Mathematics is one of the fields open for all students who submit an application.

‘The open competition is an excellent test, as we want to give our students the opportunity to compete not only with one another, but with students from other universities as well,’ comments one of the competition’s organisers, Tatyana Zakharova. ‘I think it’s good for our researchers to see what’s happening around them, and this is true for the academics whom HSE hires as part of its international recruiting process, as well as for students who are interested in research and just starting out in their academic career.’

Projects are being accepted in English and Russia on the competition’s website. The application window closes on October 31, 2016.

Winners and laureates will have the opportunity to participate in HSE’s student research conferences in their respective fields, and they will also have their work published in a collection of some of the best works.

For more information on how to prepare and participate in the competition, please email tzakharova@hse.ru or call 8 (495) 772-95-90 (extension 22557).

Let’s see what past participants have to say about the competition. 

Yulia Zhestkova, winner of the 2015 student paper competition in economics, University of Chicago PhD student

I submitted my paper for the competition when I was in my senior year of undergrad. By that time, I had already made a firm decision to continue on into the academic world and conduct research. When you make your first independent steps as a researcher, it’s really difficult to assess your own successes objectively. The student paper competition is an excellent opportunity to have your work professionally assessed by experts in the field you specialise in. For me personally, this gave me a sense of confidence that the beginning researcher does not always have enough of, but that is so important to keep you going. It’s what helps you not give up before making substantial progress.

First and foremost, I would tell participants of this year’s competition not to be afraid to send in their work. I understand that it might be scary and it might not feel that great to get a low evaluation and not take home a prize, but this shouldn’t discourage you. On the contrary, this will drive you to work on yourself and to do better next year. 

Alexey Rolich, winner of the 2013 student paper competition in business informatics, assistant in the HSE MIEM School of Computer Engineering

I took part in the student paper competition on three separate occasions – in 2013, 2014, and 2015. At the time, I was researching the Internet of things (IoT) and IoT object interfaces. This research turned into the paper I submitted for the student paper competition and subsequently to other competitions as well. I ended up winning the HSE student paper competition in 2013. I didn’t win anything in 2014, but thanks to the feedback I got, I finished working on my project called Public Charger. Public Charger won a START grant, as well as several other competitions.

I’m now continuing my research on this topic in graduate school. Everything worked out to where I now have two projects. The first is innovative in nature and concerns a more practical field of study that is now turning into innovative entrepreneurship. The second is purely academic and focuses solely on academic research.

There are a lot of Russian and international student paper competitions that allow students from some of the world’s best universities to compete with one other. An example is the Science of the Future forum, which recently took place in Kazan. If the HSE student paper competition develops in this direction, then competition in certain fields will undoubtedly skyrocket, which will push students and researchers to view their work more seriously and responsibly. 

Alexandra Kolesnik, winner of the 2013 student paper competition in history, HSE graduate student, Research Assistant with the Poletayev Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies in the Humanities

The first time I took part in the research competition was at the Russian State University for the Humanities, where I graduated. I then started my master’s programme at HSE and decided to participate in the competition again since the benefits of competing were rather obvious to me. Firstly, when I interviewed to be a research assistant at Poletayev Institute (and then when applying for post-graduate school), it seemed that the first thing people looked at were my publications and the second was my experience with student research paper competitions. Secondly, if you don’t have any serious publication experience, the student research competition could be the first serious step you take to gain this experience. Experts will read and review your work, which really improves the overall quality of your research. And at that point, it’s no longer important whether you won or not. It’s important that you submitted your work and thereby made it through the first part of the competition.

In addition, winning the HSE student research paper competition could help you get a larger scholarship or become part of a certain research group if that’s what you want. Lastly, practically all applications for Russian and international scholarships have a separate line asking about your participation in student research competitions.

Regulations on the Student Initiatives Competition ETC (PDF, 181 Kb)


Daryl Morey enters his eighth season with the Houston Rockets and his seventh as the team’s head of all basketball operations. Morey, who officially assumed his current position on May 10, 2007, previously served as the team’s Assistant General Manager after joining the organization on Apr. 3, 2006. He was re-signed as the team’s General Manager and Managing Director of Basketball Operations on Sept. 25, 2009.

Since moving into the role of General Manager, Morey has built a Rockets team that has gone a combined 227-167 (.576) over the last five seasons and has set a number of team records. Morey, who has spearheaded an innovative integration of statistical analytics into the evaluation of NBA talent, earned selection to the SportsBusiness Journal Forty Under 40 Class of 2010, which honors the most promising young executives in sports business under the age of 40. In 2010, ESPN.com named the Rockets Basketball Operations as one of the two best management teams in all of basketball. Morey’s ability to manage and bolster the Rockets roster earned him YAHOO.com Executive of the Year accolades in 2008-09. In addition to earning votes for 2008-09 NBA Executive of the Year, Morey was named “Top 50 Most Influential in Basketball” in 2009 by HOOPSWORLD. Morey was also recognized in 2009 as one of “The 10 Most Creative People in Sports” by Fast Company magazine. His articles on sports analytics have been published in leading publications such as Harvard Business Review, The Economist and Grantland.

The Rockets have had winning seasons in each campaign under Morey, including a 34-32 mark in 2011-12 and a 43-39 record in 2010-11. Despite the loss of Yao Ming for the entire 2009-10 campaign, the Rockets maintained their winning edge with a 42-40 mark to become the only team in the previous 20 NBA seasons to finish above .500 without an All-Star. In addition, Aaron Brooks was voted the NBA’s 2009-10 Most Improved Player. From 2006-07 through 2008-09, the Rockets won more regular season games (160) than in any three-year run in the history of the franchise. Houston registered a 53-29 mark in 2008-09 to give the team a third consecutive 50-win season for the first time in team annals (52-30 in 2006-07 and 55-27 in 2007-08). In the 2009 NBA Playoffs, the Rockets advanced to the Western Conference Semifinals for the first time since 1997, taking the eventual NBA Champion L.A. Lakers to a Game Seven despite playing without Tracy McGrady and losing the services of Yao for the final four contests of that series. In 2007-08, the Rockets won a remarkable 22 straight games, which stands as the third-longest winning streak in professional sports history.

This success has all come while Morey has transformed the Houston roster into one of the most promising young teams in the league. Morey positioned the Rockets to get three first-round selections in the 2012 NBA Draft, picking Jeremy Lamb (12th overall), Royce White (16th overall) and Terrence Jones (18th overall). Morey then went out into 2012 NBA free agency and signed restricted free agents Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik. In addition to working with Owner Leslie Alexander to secure Kevin McHale as the 12th head coach in club history, Morey selected Kansas standout Marcus Morris with the 14th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. He also acquired the draft rights to Lithuanian forward Donatas Motiejunas (20th overall pick) from the Minnesota Timberwolves and selected Florida forward Chandler Parsons with the 38th overall pick. Motiejunas went on to lead Asseco Prokom to the 2012 Polish League championship, while Parsons garnered 2011-12 NBA All-Rookie Second Team accolades. In 2010-11, Morey made Kentucky forward Patrick Patterson the 14th overall selection in the 2010 NBA Draft.

Morey’s bold moves over the years with the Rockets have included the acquisitions of Courtney Lee from the New Jersey Nets, Goran Dragic from the Phoenix Suns, Kevin Martin and Ron Artest from the Sacramento Kings, Kyle Lowry from the Memphis Grizzlies, as well as first-round draft picks from the New York Knicks, Phoenix, Memphis and a future lottery pick from the Toronto Raptors. In the 2007 NBA Draft, Morey selected Brooks in the first round (26th overall) and traded for the draft rights to Carl Landry (31st overall). Morey then traded Vassilis Spanoulis to acquire Argentine forward Luis Scola from the San Antonio Spurs. Scola (First Team) and Landry (Second Team) each went on to earn NBA All-Rookie Team honors in 2007-08.

Morey came to Houston after serving three years as SVP Operations for the Boston Celtics. With the Celtics, his responsibilities included the development of analytical methods and technology to enhance basketball decisions, such as the draft, trades and free agency.

Prior to his time with the Celtics, Morey worked as a Principal consultant with an emphasis on sports at The Parthenon Group, a leading strategy consulting firm. Morey was also a statistical consultant with STATS, Inc., the industry pioneer in the use of sports statistics highlighted in the Michael Lewis book Moneyball.

Morey holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science with an emphasis on statistics from Northwestern University, as well as an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Morey, who currently serves as an adjunct professor in the Sport Management Program at Rice University, was also the professor for the MIT Sloan class, “Analytical Sports Management.” He continues to be a co-chair of the annual MIT Sloan Sports Conference, which is the largest annual sports conference hosted by a business school. In 2012, Fast Company actually ranked the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference third among its Most Innovative Companies in Sports, trailing only the NFL and MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM).

Morey grew up in a small town near Medina, Ohio. He and his wife have two children.

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