Student Symposium Paper Competition (mandatory)
The ASCE Student Symposium Paper Competition emphasizes the importance of being able to write and present a paper as essential communication skills for all engineers and often necessary for advancement in your career.
Good faith participation in the ASCE Student Symposium Paper Competition, including submission and presentation by at least one (1) member of the ASCE Student Chapter, is a requirement to advance to an ASCE Society-wide Competition Finals. Competitions requiring this include Concrete Canoe, Student Steel Bridge, UESI Surveying, Innovation Contest, and Sustainable Solutions.
No other Society-wide competition report or paper may serve as a submission for the ASCE Student Symposium Paper Competition.
“Per ASCE’s Code of Ethics, engineers govern their professional careers on fundamental principles that, above all else, protect and advance the health, safety, and welfare of the public through the practice of Civil Engineering.
Most engineering designs rely on regulations that trickle down from federal, state, and county levels. In some situations, regulations and the ethical considerations of engineers may not always align due to regulations requiring updates to incorporate new standards of practice or as a result of outside influences.
TOPIC: How does an engineer balance regulations and ethics?
Submission deadline: March 1, 2023
Submission email/link: [email protected]
Note: This topic is the same topic as the Daniel W. Mead Prize for Students. However, the Student Symposium Paper Competition and the Daniel W. Mead Prize for Students are two separate competitions and must be submitted separately. The Student Symposium Paper Competition paper is due March 1st and submitted to [email protected]. The Daniel W. Mead Prize for Students is due March 1st and submitted to [email protected].
The objective of the GeoWall competition is to design and build a model mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) retaining wall using paper reinforcement taped to a poster board wall facing. The competition objectives for students are to: design a MSE wall using the least amount of reinforcement needed to support the retained soil plus both vertical and horizontal surcharge loads, effectively communicate their analysis and design processes, enjoy a friendly but spirited competition among schools, and attend a world-class professional engineering conference.
Environmental Design Competition
The Pacific Southwest Student Symposium (PSWS) Environmental Design Competition is an undergraduate project that gives students with civil and environmental engineering majors a chance to gain hands-on experience. With research, design, and lab testing surrounding water treatment principles, students gain invaluable opportunities to develop and refine professional skills such as technical writing and presentation. Teams would be designing a filter to treat polluted water based on the scenario presented.