2021 Terrell Paper Competition

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The Region 4 Assembly of the American Society of Civil Engineers is proud to conduct the Daniel V. Terrell Paper Competition for Younger Members. This prestigious competition has been held for over 60 years and commemorates Dean Terrell’s many years   of work and service to the Society and especially his leadership in the establishment of the District Council System, the predecessor of the Region 4 Assembly. All members, associate members or affiliates of ASCE (not including student members) who are 35 years of age or less on February 1, 2021, residing in Region 4, are eligible to submit papers in this competition.

The Daniel V. Terrell competition topic (same as the topic for the society’s Daniel W. Mead Contest) must address professional ethics with respect to the following question or statement:

During the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses and universities shut down and/or imposed other stringent measures to combat the spread of the virus. How should the civil engineering profession respond to this situation and what are our ethical responsibilities associated with civil engineering related operations such as offices, universities, construction sites, exam centers, and transit systems in response to the pandemic?

The following rules apply to the Daniel V. Terrell Paper Competition:
  •  No individual may submit more than one paper in a given year.
  • Please include your ASCE member ID number, your name, and Section/Branch on the paper.
  • The paper shall be of such length that it can be presented orally in not more than fifteen minutes and contain no more than 2000 words.
  • Submit one electronic copy of the paper, preferably a PDF, with a cover letter to your Section President so that he/she can meet the March 1, 2021 submittal deadline. Entrants should coordinate with their respective Section well in advance of the submittal deadline, as the official submittal to the competition must come from the Section. Late submittals will not be accepted. Each Section is limited to two entries.
  • The paper must be presented orally, by the author, during the Region 4 Assembly at the Spring 2021 meeting, tentatively scheduled as a virtual meeting in April of 2021.
  • Should the Board decide to meet in person, contestants are encouraged to seek financial support from their Sections and Branches for associated travel expenses.
  • Reference citations of the papers should conform to official ASCE Journal Submission Guidelines, which can be found on the ASCE Publications website: http://ascelibrary.org/page/authorservicesjournals. Plagiarism is not acceptable and reference citations will be considered under scoring for Originality.
• First Place – Bronze plaque (see picture on front) + $500 cash prize
• Second Place – $250 cash prize
Presentation of Paper – 35% (Delivery and Effectiveness – 20%, Choice of Words, Literary Style Pronunciation and Enunciation – 10%, Timing – 5%)
Content of Paper – 65% (Material – 40%, Acquaintance with subject – Scope – 10%, Originality – Independence – 10%, Arrangement – 5%)
DV Terrell Paper Competition Rules can be found here.