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Call For Abstracts

The general call for abstracts deadline has passed. Selection announcements will be made on October 1, 2018. For more information, please contact [email protected].

The COPRI Ports & Harbors Committee encourages all eligible students to participate in the Student Competition.

Student Competition Submission Guidelines

The PORTS '19 Student & Younger Member Committee is looking for new and innovative ideas to help solve problems via student research papers to be presented at PORTS '19.  Papers submitted should cover one or more of the following engineering topics:

  • Coastal
  • Climate Change
  • General-civil
  • Geotechnical
  • Ocean
  • Structural
  • Transportation
  • Logistics

All submissions will be reviewed by a delegated team of highly qualified professionals working in various parts of the industry.  

Abstract submissions are due November 16, 2018 and should include a no more than 500 word summary of proposed problem, methods proposed to solve the problem and how this will benefit and impact the geographic area and/or industry.

Final submissions are due April 26, 2019 and should include your paper and a computer visual presentation.  You must be a student when the final paper submission is made to be considered for this competition.  

Note: Papers submitted by students in the general call for papers can also be considered for the student competition if a student paper is not accepted by the general call October 1 deadline.   

Send completed submissions to the PORTS '19 Student & Younger Member Committee

The top four entries in the student competition will receive complimentary registration, access to the exhibit hall as well as travel and hotel costs compensated up to $1,200 per person to attend the conference.  All teams will present during technical sessions on Tuesday, September 17, 2019. All four teams will have their names and presentation listed in the PORTS '19 program as well as papers published in the PORTS '19 Proceedings. 

The following cash award prizes for presentation will be distributed based upon judging from conference attendees:

  • First Place - $1,000
  • Second Place - $500
  • Third Place - $250

Speaker Guidelines and the PORTS '19 Conference PowerPoint template will be posted for all conference attendees at a later date. 

Final Paper Submission Guidelines: 

  • Submit PDF paper, limited to 8 pages, double spaced, Times New Roman, 12 point font, 1.5 inch margins. 
  • Authors should be clearly indicated and include email contact information. 
  • Professors are not allowed as coauthors or presenters. 
  • Students may submit papers as a team, however, conference and travel costs will only be covered for up to two team members. 

For questions about the abstract/paper submission process, please contact [email protected].

The COPRI Ports and Harbors Committee will accept or reject proposed papers based on information provided in the abstracts. To the extent possible and appropriate, papers will be assigned to conference technical sessions based on the topic and subtopic identified by the author and co-authors, as the best suited for their subject material. The Ports and Harbors Committee reserves the right to assign papers to other conference technical sessions other than the track and session identified by the author and co-authors.

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