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: April 6, 2018 at 12:00pm

For consideration, submit the following to hstewar2@umd.edu

  • A single PDF file containing a:
    • 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.)
  • A seperate PDF file containing the slides for a 10-minute presentation. This file should be titled "CEE-GSAC-2018-your_name.pdf."
     
  • A separate PDF file containing an advisor endorsement/nomination letter indicating the student’s main contributions to her/his field of research. The letter should also confirm that the student is graduating in 2018.

Judging Criteria

Oral presentation (40%)

Nominated students should prepare slides for a 15 minute presentation describing the scholarly research performed while a student at UMD. Students should also be prepared to field questions from the awards committee for approximately 5 minutes following the presentation. Copies of these slides should be provided to the awards committee. The oral presentation will be judged based on:

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

Schlarly 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%)

Nominated students should prepare slides for a 15 minute presentation describing the scholarly research performed while a student at UMD. Students should also be prepared to field questions from the awards committee for approximately 5 minutes following the presentation. Copies of these slides should be provided to the awards committee. The oral presentation will be judged based on:

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

Schlarly 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

2017 Ph.D. Winner

Yuan Xue and professor Barton Forman stitched together snowpack data from satellite images and global models to more accurately determine the mass of snow on earth and estimate how much water will be released when it melts.

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 Yuan Xue

2017 M.S. Winner

Xiaocen Liu's thesis project pinpointed and posed solutions for some of the limitations to boflocculation in DC Water’s Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant.

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Xiaocen Liu

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