Scholarships

graduatingstudentsThe United States Society on Dams annually awards scholarships to USSD Student Members whose academic program has a potential for developing practical solutions to design and construction problems and other dam-related issues. Applicants must be U.S. citizens enrolled full-time in U.S. academic institutions in programs related to dams. The Scholarship Program is administered by the USSD Committee on Awards.

Objective and Non-Discriminatory Criteria

The USSD Committee on Awards has developed objective and non-discriminatory criteria by which each scholarship application is judged and then sent to the USSD Board of Directors with recommendations for personal interviews. The criteria are;

  1. Research Proposal, is the problem the applicant is addressing clearly defined?
  2. Research Proposal, is the problem of technical, environmental or social importance?
  3. Research Proposal, does addressing the problem create a benefit and contribute towards USSD’s mission? [See USSD Mission]
  4. Research Proposal, is the proposal organized with a clear identification of tasks, research approach, and deliverables?
  5. Letter[s] of Recommendation. The strength of the letter[s] of recommendation is weighed.
  6. Publications. Has the applicant’s work on this or other topics of a similar nature been published?
  7. Awards, Honors. What awards or honors has the applicant received that lends credence to the application?

Scholarship finalists will be invited to present their research at the Annual USSD Conference. Notification of award will occur during the awards banquet at the Annual Conference. Applications for the 2017 Student Awards are accepted through February 28, 2017, and only using the form provided below “Apply Now.”

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Previous Recipients

Two scholarships were presented during the 2016 Annual Meeting and Conference in Denver.

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Ali Asghari Tabrizi, a PhD Candidate at the University of South Carolina, received a $10,000 scholarship to support his research, Collection of Perishable Data and Numerical Investigation of Earthen Embankment Failures during the 2015 South Carolina Flood.

Timothy Koch, State University of New York, received a $1,000 scholarship to support his research, Remote Detection and Characterization of Dams using LiDAR Elevation Data.

 

Four scholarships were presented during the 2015 Annual Meeting and Conference in Louisville during April.

Lourdes Boulware, a PhD student at Utah State University, received a $10,000 scholarship to support her research, Modeling Geomorphic Features in Levee Reliability Analyses.

Ryan Meier, University of Southern California; Alexander Sturm, University of California, Davis; and Ali Asghari Tabrizi, University of South Carolina, received $1,000 scholarships.

Four scholarships were presented during the 2014 Annual Meeting and Conference in San Francisco during April.

Beena Ajmera, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, received a $10,000 scholarship to support her research, Cyclic Shear Strength Characteristics of Cohesive Materials.

Matthew W. George, Brigham Young University; Jonathan F. Hubler, University of Michigan; and Christopher Krage, University of California, Davis, received $1,000 scholarships.

Three scholarships were awarded during February 2013.

Michael F. George, University of California, Berkeley, received a $10,000 scholarship to support his research, Scour of Discontinuous Blocky Rock.

Allison G. Danner, Oregon State University, and Minal L. Parekh, Colorado School of Mines, received $1,000 scholarships.

Three scholarships were awarded on April 25.

Mark S. Raleigh, a graduate student at the University of Washington, received a $10,000 scholarship to support his research, Improving Representation of High-Elevation Snowpack for Summer Water Supply Forecasting.

Allison G. Danner, Oregon State University, and Jack A. Montgomery, University of California, Davis, received $1,000 scholarships.

Three scholarships were awarded on April 13.

Adam J. Lobbestael, a graduate student at the University of Michigan, received a $10,000 scholarship to support his research, Using Engineered Cementitious Composites to Enhance Risk Mitigation for Levee Systems.

Clinton Carlson, University of Michigan, and Julie A. Vano, University of Washington, received $1,000 scholarships.

Three scholarships were awarded on April 14.

Tiffany E. Adams, Virginia Tech, received a $10,000 scholarship to support her research, Stability of Levees with Deep Mixed Shear Walls.

Jack Montgomery, University of California, Davis, and Ryan Van Leuven, Utah State University, received $1,000 scholarships.