Scholarship Program


The United States Society on Dams annually awards scholarships to USSD Student Members whose academic program and graduate-level research studies have 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.

Applications for 2015 Scholarships will be accepted during early 2015.


2014 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.


2013 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.


2012 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.


2011 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.


2010 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.


2009 Scholarships

Three scholarships were awarded on April 22. Rachael Bisnett, Purdue University, received a $10,000 scholarship to support her research, Use of Loess as an Embankment Dam Core Material. Anthony R. Berthelote, University of Montana, and David J. Hoekema, Boise State University, received $1,000 scholarships.


2008 Scholarships

Three scholarships were awarded on April 30. Robert Jaeger, a graduate student at the University of California, Davis, received a $10,000 scholarship to support his research, Variable Rate Cone Penetration Test for Assessing the Presence and Engineering Properties of Intermediate Soils in Dams and Levees. Rachael Bisnett, Purdue University, and Brian Crookston, Utah State University, received $1,000 scholarships.


2007 Scholarships

Three scholarships were awarded on March 7. Richard A. Coffman, a doctoral student at the University of Missouri-Columbia, received a $10,000 scholarship to support his research, Application of InSAR Remote Sensing for Performance Monitoring of Dams. Nicholas Malasavage, Drexel University, and Joshua L. Phillips, University of Kentucky, received $1,000 scholarships.


2006 Scholarship

John D. Rice, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, received the 2006 USSD Scholarship. He received the $10,000 award during the 26th USSD Conference, where he made a presentation about his graduate work, Long-Term Performance of Dam Seepage Barriers.

Scholarship finalists also included Erin A. Barnes, Yale University; and Morgan A. Eddy, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.


2005 Scholarship

Karina R. Dahl, University of California, Davis, received the 2005 USSD Scholarship. She received the $10,000 award during the 25th USSD Conference, where she made a presentation about her graduate work, Advancing Engineering Procedures to Evaluate Liquefaction or Cyclic Failure Potential of Embankment Dams Containing Fine-Grained Soils.


2004 Scholarship

Wanda I. Cameron-Aviles, PhD candidate at the University of Michigan, received the 2004 USSD Scholarship. She received the $10,000 award during the 24th USSD Conference, where she made a presentation, Development of an Improved Simplified Deformation Analysis Procedure for Flexible Soil-Structure Systems Subjected to Earthquake Motions, a summary of her graduate research studies.


2003 Scholarship

Christopher L. Meehan, PhD candidate at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, was selected by the USSD Board of Directors to receive the 2003 USSD Scholarship. He received the $10,000 award during the 23rd USSD Conference, where he made a presentation, Determining the Cyclic Shear Strength of Slickensided Slip Surfaces, a review of his research studies.


2002 Scholarship

Erik J. Malvick, University of California, Davis, graduate student, received the 2002 USSD Scholarship. He received the $10,000 award during the 22nd USSD Conference, where he made a presentation, Void Redistribution and Liquefaction Effects on Embankments and Dams, discussing his research studies.


2000-2001 Scholarship

Mark C. Stone, Washington State University, received the 2001 USSD Scholarship. The $10,000 award, presented during the 21st Annual Meeting, will assist Stone in his graduate research involving techniques to improve fish passage through spillways.


1999-2000 Scholarships

Margaret A. Matter, Colorado State University graduate student, received a $10,000 USCOLD/Christopher C. Grieb 1999-2000 Scholarship. Her PhD studies will focus on developing a systematic method of designing restoration/operational hydrographs which may be used to manage streamflow.

Chris Kramer, California State University, Hayward, also received a $10,000 1999-2000 Scholarship. Her Masters program will examine preparation for and potential impacts of an earthquake-related dam failure in the San Francisco Bay area.


1998-1999 Scholarship

Alicia L. Urban, University of Minnesota graduate student, received a $10,000 1998-1999 Scholarship. Her research addresses the topic Modeling Total Dissolved Gas Levels and Associated Environmental Impacts Due to Dams.


1997-1998 Scholarship

Robert E. Dodson, University of North Carolina graduate student, received $10,000 1997-1998 Scholarship. His research addresses the topic Use of Geosynthetics for the Stabilization of Embankment Dams.


1996-1997 Scholarship

D. Scott Kieffer, University of California, Berkeley graduate student, received $10,000 1996-1997 Scholarship. His research project, Engineering Characterization of Structurally Complex Rock Foundations, involves a case study of Scott Dam in northern California.


1994-1995 Scholarship

John F. England, Jr., Colorado State University graduate student, received a $10,000 1994-1995 Scholarship. His research project investigated the flood hydrology of the Rocky Mountain Front Range, including research of hydrometeorology, paleohydrology/hydraulics and flood frequency analysis.


1992-1993 Scholarship

Hassan Abou-Seeda, Rice University graduate student, received a $10,000 1992-1993 Scholarship. His research project addressed the topic Effects of the Spatial Variability of Ground Motion on the Response of Earth Dams.


1991-1992 Scholarship

Debora J. Miller, Colorado State University PhD candidate, received the $10,000 1991-1992 Scholarship. Her research project, Osmotic Suction as a Stress State Variable in Unsaturated Soils, has been completed and she received her doctorate in 1996. A loan copy of her Dissertation is available from the Denver Office.





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