Rules and Descriptions for EWRI 2017 Student Competitions and Student Chapters

Two students at 2016 EWRI Congress Student Poster Competition
ERWI Student Poster Competition

Main Eligibility Criteria

  • The student must be a member of an ASCE or EWRI Student Chapter at the time of the submission.
  • First authorship for the Technical Paper and Poster Competitions must be by the student entering the competition. It is appropriate to list a single faculty advisor as a second author should the entrant choose to do so. Entries from student teams are not allowed in the Technical Paper and Poster Competitions.
  • The Parsons Brinckerhoff Student Design Competition work must be produced by a senior level undergraduate student team with direction from a faculty advisor, who should provide a support letter.
  • All submission topics must relate to at least one area of professional expertise covered by EWRI, as outlined on the EWRI website. It is highly encouraged that the entry clearly relates to one of the major Congress themes.
  • The technical work behind any student entry should have been performed by the entrant(s) while enrolled in a degree-granting institution. In addition, each entrant should be enrolled as a full-time student on the date of the Congress or, alternatively, have graduated or moved to part-time status no earlier than six months prior to the Congress.

**The student competitions will consider papers that have been submitted to a technical track at the congress; however, technical tracks require a separate submission process. Acceptance to compete in any student competition does not imply acceptance of the paper into any technical session, nor does acceptance of the paper in a technical session imply acceptance for a student competition. All deadlines for abstracts, paper submission and presentations at the congress must be met independently for student competition entries and for technical session entries.**

Important Deadlines

Student Technical Paper Competition

  • November 20, 2016—Abstract Due
  • January 20, 2017—Final Paper Due

Student Poster Competition

  • November 20, 2016—Abstract Due
  • January 20, 2017—Final Paper Due

WSP| Parsons Brinkerhoff Student Design Competition

  • November 20, 2016—Intent to Compete
  • January 27, 2017—Letter of Support
  • January 27, 2017— Project Summary 

Student Technical Paper Competition

The main author of submissions to this category should be a student. For any work submitted that is the product of research supervised by of a faculty advisor the one faculty advisor name may be included as a second author. The intent of the competition is to support the development of participants’ research writing skills, so it is anticipated that students submitting the work are the primary authors of the paper and were responsible for its content.  Entries that include more than a single student author may be considered on a case-by-case basis.  Such teams should provide a letter of support from a faculty advisor that describes the nature of the team and the contribution from each student.

Up to three undergraduate and three graduate submissions will be selected based on the content of the technical papers. The top three winners in the undergraduate category and the top three winners of the graduate category will receive complimentary registrations (for one member only of a team), as well as travel funds up to $500 per entry. The top three submissions in the undergraduate and graduate categories, respectively, will also receive small monetary awards depending on the availability of the funds.

Submissions for the November 20, 2016 deadline must consist of a one-page abstract of approximately 200 words. In addition, a six to eight-page final paper will be required by the final deadline of January 20, 2017 (please keep in mind that these deadlines are different than the deadlines for general technical sessions). The top three chosen authors in each category (graduate and undergraduate) must be able to present their content in an oral student competition session at the conference, and the top three in each category can have their papers published in the Proceedings (if not already published as part of a technical session). All remaining submissions for the Technical Paper Competition will be automatically considered for the Student Poster Competition should the student choose to register and attend the Congress.

Student Poster Competition

This provides additional opportunities for interested students to participate in the Congress, as submission may be made directly to the Poster Competition. Abstracts must be submitted by the November 20, 2016, deadline with a final paper deadline of January 20, 2017. Chosen authors must be able to present their work on a designated poster board at the conference and can have their supplemental papers published in the Proceedings. The Student Poster Presentations will be judged on site; however, please note that Student Poster Competition winners do not receive the complimentary registration or travel funding. Those accepted for presentation must register in order to present at the Congress. 

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Student Design Competition

The WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff Student Design Competition (Formerly PB Student Design Competition) is a key student event during the annual EWRI Congress. This competition aims to provide learning opportunities for undergraduate senior students in solving real-life infrastructure problems and developing practical yet innovative solutions prior to entering the industry. Currently all undergraduate civil/environmental engineering programs are required to include a "capstone" design experience. Schools are strongly encouraged to participate in this exciting competition. To participate, each student team should submit the following to the Students Track:

  1. An intent to compete that includes a list of team members, project subject, and a preliminary title by November 20, 2016 (include “WSP-PB Letter of Intent” in the subject); 
  2. A brief letter of support from the faculty advisor by January 27, 2017 (include “WSP-PB Letter of Support” in the subject line), and 
  3. A four-page project summary by January 27, 2017 (subject line “WSP-PB Extended Abstract”). Project summaries should address project purpose and goals, scope of work, results/accomplishments achieved by the date of submission, and a work plan for addressing remaining tasks. 

Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of industry experts. The top teams will be invited to compete at the EWRI Congress. Each student team will orally present their project to a panel of industry judges during a special session at the conference.  Invited teams will receive complimentary registrations, and up to $1000 as travel funds.

Many thanks to Parsons Brinckerhoff for their continued, generous support.

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EWRI Student Chapters

The Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI), via the Student Council is calling for applications from students and faculty members (that work in areas relevant to the EWRI mission) that want to form new EWRI student chapters across US, or that want to support existing EWRI chapters.

This is a great opportunity for students and faculty to have financial support and focus on developing students’ professional skills while working on the development of local, regional and national networks with the environmental and water resources community.

Deadline: January 20, 2017

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