2019 Groundwater Student Paper Competition

Geosyntec Consultants is pleased to invite submissions to our Annual Student Paper Competition. This contest is intended to recognize and reward graduate students performing cutting edge research related to the assessment and treatment of chemical contaminants in soil and groundwater.

We are interested in hearing from graduate students studying environmental engineering, hydrogeology, geochemistry, or other relevant scientific/engineering disciplines, and providing them with an opportunity to showcase their research to an audience of senior environmental practitioners at Geosyntec.

We'd love to hear from you!

Contest Overview

The competition is open to Masters and Doctoral students attending select universities in North America, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Denmark. Students are required to submit a 3 page summary of their research as a white paper, written entirely by him/herself.  The following are the themes for this year's competition:

  • Novel Methods and Tools for Investigating and Understanding Soil and Groundwater Contamination
  • Innovative Developments for Remediation of Soil and Groundwater Contaminants
  • Assessment and Treatment of Nontraditional or Emerging Soil and Groundwater Contaminants

How to Participate

Click Here For a Full List of Rules and Guidelines 

Submissions are due by 5 PM PST on December 30, 2018 and must be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  A single PDF document is preferred, although MS Word files also will be accepted.  If possible, submissions should be smaller than 5 MB in size.  All submissions will be judged and winners of the contest will be informed by January 25, 2019. Student submissions will not be distributed outside of Geosyntec.

Judging and Awards

A committee of senior Geosyntec environmental practitioners will judge the submissions.  Judging will be based on numerous criteria with a focus on clarity of presentation and novelty of research.  

Awards will be issued as follows:

  • First Place (1 Winner)
    All-Expense Paid Trip to the 2019 Remediation Technology (RemTEC) Summit in Denver, Colorado: The author of the top paper will receive an all-expense paid trip (airfare, accommodation, registration, and per diem, not to exceed $3,000 USD) to the 2019 RemTEC Summit, which will be held February 26-29, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. The winner will be invited to attend Geosyntec events during the conference and will have the opportunity to interact with a variety of senior Geosyntec professionals throughout the event.
  • Second Place (2 Winners)
    $500 USD Cash Prize: The first two runners-up will receive cash awards of $500 USD each.
  • Third Place (3 Winners)
    $300 USD Cash Prize: The next three runners-up will receive cash awards of $300 USD each.

Previous Winners Now at Geosyntec

Haley Schneider
Santa Barbara, California
Senior Staff Engineer
2018 Winner

Mackenzie Cremeans
Boca Raton, Florida
Senior Staff Professional
2017 Winner

Meg Jalalizadeh
Huntington Beach, California
Senior Staff Professional
2016 Winner

Emily Stockwell
Northern Colorado
2015 Winner

Peter Schillig
Acton, Massachusetts
Project Geologist
2012 Winner

Dave Himmelheber
Princeton, New Jersey
2008 Winner

Ben Amos
Kennesaw, Georgia
Senior Engineer
2007 Winner

Previous winners of the student paper competition have gone on to have successful careers at Geosyntec.

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