Professional Paper


For the Professional Paper competition, we will follow the rules for ASCE’s Daniel W. Mead Prize for Students.  The topic and rules can be found here:

Note that the Professional Paper competition at the Southeast Student Symposium will be run independently of the Daniel W. Mead Prize for Students at the national level.  If you wish to also participate in the national competition, follow the nomination and submission guidelines at the link above.


Both undergraduate and graduate students may participate in this competition.

Scoring and Judging

The competition will include an in-person oral presentation at the 2023 symposium. The author of the paper will have up to, but no more than, 5 minutes to present. The oral presentation will count 10 points, and the submitted written paper will count 90 points towards the overall 100 points for the competition. Presenters should be prepared to take questions from the judges after their presentations.

Oral Presentation

10 points

Written Paper

90 points


100 points

The use of visual aids, i.e. a PowerPoint presentation, is not expected. However, we will allow notecards for reference during the presentation.

Per the deadlines listed in MAILER I, the Professional Paper is due by March 1 by 11:59 pm EST. Submit your document to [email protected] with the subject line “Professional Paper submission – University Name”.

Competition FAQ


Comments (6)

  1. Schuyler Jones

    February 4, 2023 at 5:41 pm

    PowerPoint presentation is “not expected” but is it encouraged? Thanks.

    • nbohaczyk

      February 7, 2023 at 3:28 pm

      It is up to you if you’d like to use visual aids. The use of visual aids is not included in the scoring rubric.

  2. Abby Rains

    March 1, 2023 at 1:35 am

    Wil we be required to bring hard copies of the paper to the presentation at symposium? The rules so not state as such.

    • nbohaczyk

      March 2, 2023 at 12:27 pm

      You are not required to bring hard copies of your paper. The judges will review your virtually submitted paper before the Symposium, and you are just required to prepare a brief presentation.

  3. Maya

    March 7, 2023 at 9:43 pm

    I submitted my entrance for the paper to the listed email a week ago and received no confirmation or response email. Who can I contact for confirmation that my entrance was received.

    • nbohaczyk

      March 9, 2023 at 7:28 pm

      Hi Maya! Your paper has been received. The Symposium emailed you back confirmation of receipt of your paper on March 3, 2023 at 8:52 AM.

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