M.S. and Ph.D. Award Competition

 

Award Details 

  • Best Doctoral Research Award: 1st Place = $500 cash award and plaque
  • Best Masters Research Award: 1st Place = $250 cash award and plaque

General Admission Requirements

These research awards are competitively awarded each calendar year to Ph.D. and M.S. students graduating within the same calendar year. These awards are intended to recognize the scholarly excellence and achievement by the cadre of graduate students in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Graduate students will be judged based on:

  1. Oral Presentation before the awards committee (40%),
  2. Assessment of Scholarly Writings (40%)
  3. Awards and Accomplishments (20%).

Students must be nominated by their research advisors for this award and have a minimum graduate GPA of 3.5. Each advisor may nominate no more than 1 graduate students for each of these awards (i.e., 1 MS and 1 PhD).

Oral Presentation

Nominated students shall prepare slides for a 15 minute presentation describing the scholarly research performed while a student at the University of Maryland. Students should also be prepared to field questions from the awards committee for approximately five minutes following the presentation. Copies of these slides should be provided to the awards committee. The oral presentation will be judged based on the following categories: (a) Technical Content, (b) Importance to the Field, (c) Style and Clarity, and (d) Completeness.

Scholarly Writings

Nominated students shall provide a sample of their scholarly writing describing research performed while a student at the University of Maryland.

  • For the M.S. Research Award, the nominated M.S. student may provide two writing samples from among the following: conference or archival journal manuscripts (published or submitted) for which the nominated student is the primary author and for which the research forms the basis of the student’s M.S. research , the M.S. Scholarly Paper, or a précis of the student’s M.S. thesis or even the M.S. thesis itself.
  • For the Ph.D. Research Award, the nominated Ph.D. student may provide two writing samples from among the following: conference or archival journal manuscripts (published or submitted) for which the nominated student is the primary author and for which the research forms the basis of the student’s doctoral research, or a sample of the student’s doctoral thesis itself.
  • The student should indicate which writing sample should be evaluated by the committee as the primary evidence of scholarship.
  • The writing sample will be judged based on the following categories: (a) Technical Content, (b) Importance to the Field, (c) Style and Clarity, and (d) Completeness.

Awards and Accomplishments

Emphasis will be placed on awards and accomplishments that are the results of the student’s graduate research. The student may provide additional evidence of scholarly accomplishment as below:

  • List of Publications
  • List of Awards and Fellowships
  • Evidence of GPA (informal transcript)

CEE winners will be nominated for the college competition where they will be evaluated by a college-wide committee along with other senior researchers in the local area. The winners at the college level will win an additional cash award and plaque.

An announcement with deadlines for 2018 nominations submissions will be made in March.