Student Paper Competition

Student Paper Competition

Each year, ASDSO invites students to enter the Student Paper Competition, open to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees at U.S. universities or colleges.

All student entries must include a 400-word (maximum) abstract and an executive summary of at least 1,500 words.  When submitting students can also select to have their paper considered for the Dam Safety Conference agenda (including the Poster-Lightning Talk Forum). Students may be selected for a conference agenda spot even if they do not win the Student Paper Competition. 

Topics may include traditional areas of design engineering, structural and geotechnical analysis, hydrology, hydraulics, construction, risk management and hazard mitigation, emergency action planning, dam security, and policy. In addition, case studies, emerging and innovative technologies, and senior capstone projects are encouraged.

Each winning paper will receive a $500 prize and a travel stipend (up to $500) to attend the Dam Safety conference. Winning papers will also be published in the annual conference proceedings. Other selected entries may be invited to participate in the Dam Safety Conference Poster & Lightning Talk Forum. Conference registration fees will be waived for all participating students enrolled in colleges or universities in the U.S. who present a valid student ID. 

The 2024 Student Paper Competition submission window is closed. Watch for the 2025 Student Paper Competition information coming August 2024. Want to be notified when the 2025 Student Paper Competition information is available?


2023 Competition Winner

Numerical Evaluation of Anti-Liquefaction Performance of Deep Soil Mixing Method under Embankment Dams

Araz Hasheminezhad
Iowa State University

Competition History


Arianna Dreschler, Marquette University


Pegah Ghasemi, North Carolina State University


Wyatt Lantz, Utah State University; Rowshon Jadid, North Carolina State University


Seth D. Thompson, Utah State University; Tristan E. Buckreis, University of California, Los Angeles


Rowshon Jadid, North Carolina State University; Lucien Hollins, Arizona State University


Shahin Safavizadeh, North Carolina State University; Thomas Robbins, Boise State University


Emily Reed, Tennessee Technological University; Yi Tyan Tsai, University of California Los Angeles


Alexander P. Sturm, University of California Davis; Ali Asghari Tabrizi, University of South Carolina; Lourdes Polanco-Boulware, Utah State University


Daniel VandenBerge, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; Beena Ajmera, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; Laura Ferre, University of Colorado-Denver


Natalie A. Youngblood, Colorado State University; Lourdes Polanco, Utah State University; Ebrahim Ahmadisharaf, and Nowfel Mahmud Bhuyian, Tennessee Technological University


Sittinan Benjasupattananan, University of Delaware; Wyatt Jenkins, University of Missouri; Kevin Cook, Kristin Pesman, Katrina Schwab, James Shannon, and Justin Milne, Seattle University


Christopher Sandt, University of North Carolina; Mishelle Shriro and Diego Cobos-Roa, UC-Berkeley; Mahdi Khalilzad, North Carolina State University


Benjamin Skousen, University of Utah; Lourdes Polanco, Utah State University


Rachael Bisnett, Purdue University; David Judi, University of Utah; Abouzar Sadrekarimi, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign