Student Scholarship Award

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2020 APPLICATIONS will be accepted beginning in the fall

The scholarship award is given annually to students whose academic program and research studies have the potential to develop practical solutions to design and construction challenges related to dams and levees. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents enrolled in U.S. academic institutions.

Objective and Non-Discriminatory Criteria

The USSD Awards Committee has objective and non-discriminatory criteria by which each scholarship application is judged to determine finalists who are then evaluated by the USSD Board of Directors. 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?

Scholarship finalists will be invited to present their research at the annual USSD Conference. Announcement of award will occur during the Annual Conference. Applications for the 2020 Student Awards will be accepted beginning fall 2019 and only by using the form provided through the “Apply Now” button.

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Previous Recipients

Four scholarships were presented during the 2019 USSD Annual Conference and Exhibition in Chicago, IL:

 Jack Cadigan, Louisiana State University – $5,600 Design Trends and Guidance for Substratum Pressure Relief Wells for Dams and Levees Using Computational Methods

 

Amy Getchell, Perdue University – $4,800 Alternative Use of Synthetic Nanoclay for Permeation Grouting in Dam and Levee Engineering

 

Michael Kiernan, Auburn University – $4,800 Improving Methods to Evaluate the Effect of Strain-Softening Clays on the Stability of Dams

 

 

Tyler Oathes, University of California Davis – $4,800 Implementing the Effect of Strain-Rate on Strain-Softening Clays into Nonlinear Dynamic Analyses

Four scholarships were presented during the 2018 USSD Annual Conference and Exhibition in Miami, FL:

El Hachemi Bouali, Michigan Technological University – $8,000   Numerical Analysis of Embankment and Berm Settlement based on InSAR Remote Sensing Measurements

 

Sean Salazar, University of Arkansas – $6,000  Satellite Based Radar Remote Sensing for Monitoring of Dams

 

Carolyne Bocovich, Colorado School of Mines – $4000  Investigation of Backwards Erosion by Data Driven Modeling

 

Johnathan Blanchard, University of Arkansas –  $2,000 Relative Humidity Inhibitive Coatings for the Reduction of Degradation Caused by Active Alkali-Aggregate Reactions in Dams 

 

 

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Four scholarships were presented during the 2017 USSD Annual Conference and Exhibition in Anaheim, California;

  • Sean Salazar, University of Arkansas
    Remote Sensing for Monitoring of Dams, $10,000
  • Jennifer Ostrowsky, Utah State University
    Evaluating the Ductility, Volumetric Stiffness and Permeability of Soil‐Cement for Cut‐off Wall Backfill Materials, $3,000
  • Kalie Poston, Tennessee Technological University
    Parametric Study of Levee Saturation for Undrained Rapid Drawdown Analysis, $1,000
  • Carolyne Bocovich, Colorado School of Mines
    Investigation of Backwards Piping Erosion by Data Driven Modeling, $1,000

 

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.