Award Competition Guidelines & Winners

 

 

Engineering Graduate Symposium Technical Session Competition Guidelines

All abstracts submitted to the symposium will automatically be enrolled in this student competition.  This is a competition among students in the same technical session.  Winners will be announced by e-mail shortly after the Symposium and will be given their awards at a follow-up dinner.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • All abstracts are automatically enrolled in this competition.
  • Competing students should attend the symposium and stay in front of their posters to discuss their research and scientific merits in front of judges.

The Review Process:

  • Each presenter’s research is evaluated on its originality, scientific merits, structure, and clarity of composition.
  • All submissions will be reviewed by at least two independent faculty members (judges) working in the same or similar research areas.

Award:

  • Winners from each session will receive an honorarium and a Certificate of Merit.  In the case of a tie, the honorarium will be split between the two winners.
  • Winners will be announced by e-mail following the symposium and will be awarded during a follow-up dinner.
  • Winners will be highlighted on the CoE website. 

Questions about the Engineering Graduate Symposium Technical Session Competition can be directed to SymposiumInfo@umich.edu.  

Richard and Eleanor Towner Prize for Outstanding Ph.D. Research Guidelines

This is a college-level competition across departments for Ph.D. graduate students who are on track to receive their degree between May 2017 – December 2017.  It is intended to highlight the innovation and creativity demonstrated by our Ph.D. students, and will reward their outstanding research achievements.  Departments may each present up to two graduate students for this award.  Candidates must present a poster at the Engineering Graduate Symposium and submit additional materials.  A panel will select three student winners for this award.

Eligibility Criteria and Selection of Candidates

  • Criteria for the award: Creativity, innovation, impact on society, and achievement.
  • Graduate chairs can present up to two Ph.D. students as candidates for this award.  To identify their candidate(s), we recommend that departments use a process that allows nominations from both students and faculty, including student self-nominations.
  • Students must be on track to receive their Ph.D. degree between May 2017 – December 2017.
  • Department materials include (2) letters of recommendation (one from the student’s advisor) and a CV that includes links to the student’s online publications and/or patents.  Departments should submit these documents as one pdf file with the form at: http://bit.do/towneraward
  • Department submission deadline: September 23, 2016

The Review Process:

  • Candidates must submit an abstract (due 9/30 – note, this is a one week grace period from the EGS abstract and Towner Department submission deadline of 9/23) and poster (due 10/14) on their research for the Engineering Graduate Symposium. Candidate submission details: http://gradsymposium.engin.umich.edu/abstract-and-poster-registration/.
  • Candidates will present their poster during the Engineering Graduate Symposium.
  • Candidates will be judged on their submitted materials and poster presentation by a panel of judges during the Engineering Graduate Symposium.
  • Three Ph.D. students will be chosen as the winners.

Award:

  • Each winner will receive $2,500.
  • Winners will be highlighted on the CoE website.
  • Winners will be honored at the CoE Leaders & Honors Brunch in March.
  • Winners’ names will also be added to a perpetual plaque that is displayed in the lobby outside of Chesebrough Auditorium.

Questions about the Richard and Eleanor Towner Prize for Outstanding Ph.D. Research can be directed to townerphdprize@umich.edu