2019 Sediments Student Paper Competition

Geosyntec Consultants is pleased to invite submittals to our Sediment Practice Student Paper Competition. This contest is intended to recognize and reward students performing cutting-edge research related to the fate, assessment, and management of contaminated sediments.

Geosyntec’s contaminated sediment management practice covers a broad range of specialties for evaluating, designing, and implementing remedies for sites with contaminated sediments and surface waters. Our engineering and scientific staff bring together the expertise and resources to meet and resolve the most complex sediment projects. Geosyntec is known for technology leadership and collaboration with academic partners. We are interested in hearing from students studying environmental engineering, hydrogeology, biogeochemistry, risk assessment, 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 performing sediments-related research. Students are required to submit a summary of their research as a white paper, written entirely by the student. The following are the themes for this year's competition:

  • Site Characterization
  • Risk Assessment
  • Development of Remedial Technologies and Alternatives
  • Remedial Implementation and Monitoring

How to Participate

Submissions are due by 5 PM PST on December 15, 2018 and must be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Please note the following document submission details:

  • Documents can be up to a maximum of 1,500 words (approximately 3 pages of text)
  • Documents can include up to three supporting figures
  • 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 15, 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: $2000 Cash Prize
  • Second Place: $1000 Cash Prize
  • Third Place: $500 Cash Prize

Competition winners will also be recognized by Geosyntec at the Battelle Tenth International Conference on Remediation and Management of Contaminated Sediments in February 2019.

Previous Winners Now at Geosyntec

Haley Schneider
Santa Barbara, California
Senior Staff Engineer
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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