2012 Scholarship Announcement and Application

The USSD Scholarship Program

The United States Society on Dams awards scholarships to U.S. college or university junior and senior undergraduates or graduate students whose academic programs and research studies have a potential for developing solutions to design, analysis, construction, operation, safety, environmental, maintenance and rehabilitation problems related to dams.

Applications are encouraged from all fields of study related to USSD activities, including civil engineering, environmental and social sciences, water resources management, etc.

Applicants must submit, by March 15, a proposal describing a specific research topic, highlighting the original and innovative aspects of the proposed research work. Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals addressing topics that are related to their research work, and the proposed research could be part of the applicant's ongoing research project.


For 2012, one $10,000 scholarship and two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded. The scholarships will be presented on April 25, during the 2012 USSD Conference in New Orleans. The top three candidates for the scholarships, as selected by the USSD Awards Committee, will attend the New Orleans Conference and make Poster Session Presentations of their academic work on April 24. Selection of the $10,000 scholarship winner will be based on the written application and the Poster Session Presentation.

Travel costs (airfare and four nights lodging in the Conference hotel) to attend the Conference will be paid by USSD, and the Conference Registration Fee will be waived for the three candidates.

Scholarship recipients are expected to submit a technical article for publication in the USSD Newsletter, describing their research work and highlighting findings and accomplishments. In addition, they are also asked to provide USSD with a copy of the final version of their thesis or dissertation.

Eligibility Requirements

1) Applicants must be fulltime junior and senior undergraduates or graduate students in a college or university located within the United States and its territories.

2) Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

3) Applicants must be USSD Student Members. The first year of Student Membership is free.


The application package must include:

1) Application form completed and signed.

2) Research proposal. The description of the proposed research should not exceed 6 pages in length, and should clearly address each one of the following items: a) Title, b) Problem importance, c) Research objectives, d) Research approach, and e) Innovative aspects and potential benefits of the proposed research.

3) Copies of academic transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate studies (up to and including Fall 2011 semester).

4) Two letters of recommendation addressed to "USSD Committee on Awards," one of which must be from the applicant's academic advisor.


Applicants may send the complete package of information as one .pdf file to vmv@freese.com.

Or, the information may be mailed to the following address:

Victor M. Vasquez
Freese and Nichols, Inc.
10814 Jollyville Road, Building 4, Suite 100
Austin, TX 78759

Phone: 512-617-3142


Application packages must be received by March 15, 2012.

Additional Information

For any additional information about USSD activities, publications, programs and membership, contact the USSD Denver Office (Phone 303-628-5430, E-mail stephens@ussdams.org).

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