CEE winners recieve a plaque and cash award—$250 for the master's award and $500 for the doctoral. They will also be nominated for the Clark School 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.

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Deadline: May 13, 2022 by 5:00pm

For consideration, submit the following to ceegradstudies@umd.edu.
1. A single PDF file (not to exceed 14 pages) containing:

  • Two-page curriculum vitae
  • One-page abstract of master or doctoral research
  • One scholarly research written sample (not to exceed 10 pages)
  • One-page list of research awards/accomplishments (e.g. best paper awards, graduate fellowships, patents, etc.)

2. A single video file or link for a 10-minute presentation in which the student discusses his or her research. One recommended way to do this is to use Zoom and record a voice-over while sharing a slide deck. 
3. A separate PDF file containing an advisor endorsement/nomination letter indicating the student’s main contributions to his or her field of research. The letter should also confirm that the student is graduating in the calendar year 2022 and has a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Judging Criteria

Oral presentation (40%)

The 2022 competition will be completely virtual, so each nomination should also include a single video file or link for a 10-minute presentation in which the student discusses his or her research. These presentations, along with students’ scholarly writings, will be judged based on:

  • Technical content
  • Importance to the field
  • Style and clarity
  • Completeness

Scholarly writings (40%)

Nominated students should provide two writing samples from the following. The student should indicate which writing sample should be evaluated by the committee as the primary evidence of scholarship. 

  • Published or submitted conference or archival journal manuscripts describing work that forms the basis of the student's M.S. research for which the student is the primary author
  • M.S. scholarly paper
  • A summary of the M.S. thesis
  • The M.S. thesis

 Writing samples will be judged based on: 

  • Technical content
  • Importance to the field
  • Style and clarity
  • Completeness

Awards and accomplishments (20%)

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 via an informal transcript

Oral presentation (40%)

The 2022 competition will be completely virtual, so each nomination should also include a single video file or link for a 10-minute presentation in which the student discusses his or her research. These presentations, along with students’ scholarly writings, will be judged based on:

  • Technical content
  • Importance to the field
  • Style and clarity
  • Completeness

Scholarly writings (40%)

Nominated students should provide two writing samples from the following. The student should indicate which writing sample should be evaluated by the committee as the primary evidence of scholarship. 

  • Published or submitted conference or archival journal manuscripts describing work that forms the basis of the student's M.S. research for which the student is the primary author
  • Doctoral research
  • Sample of the dissertation

 Writing samples will be judged based on: 

  • Technical content
  • Importance to the field
  • Style and clarity
  • Completeness

Awards and accomplishments (20%)

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 via an informal transcript

2022 Ph.D. Winner

Erica Forgione received the Best Doctoral Research Award for her dissertation, Nutrient Movement in a Vegetative Compost Blanket Amending a Vegetative Filter Strip on a Highway Slope. Her research examined the effects of using a blanket on compost on highway medians to soak up and clean stormwater runoff. Her thesis advisors were Professors Ahmet Aydilek and Allen Davis.

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Erica Forgione

2022 M.S. Winner

Amanda O’Shaughnessy received the Best Master’s Research Award for her thesis, When Roads Want to be Dams: Looking to Dam Safety to Regulate Transportation. Her research looked at using elements of dam safety on road embankments. Her thesis advisors were Professors Ahmet Aydilek and Allen Davis.

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Amanda O'Shaughnessy

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