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Paper Competition

One of the highlights of the conference is the Regional Student Paper Competition, where undergraduate students present cutting-edge research.

The subject of each paper is left entirely to the individual student. Presentations often focus on recent advances in some branch of chemical engineering, original research, or plant design. Participation in the Regional Student Paper Competition offers valuable, real-world experience for students. AIChE’s Student Chapters Committee supports the competition with prize money, though the regional awards may be augmented from other sources at the discretion of each regional host school.

Due to time constraints only 1 submissions per school are allowed. 

Paper Competition Registration

Deadline for submissions was March 8th.

General Rules

  1. Each entry must be an undergraduate student and a member of one of the participating student chapters. Others may present, but cannot be considered for the top prize.
  2. AIChE places no limit on the number of papers submitted for presentation by a participating student chapter. However, any restrictions on the number of papers placed by the host school due to time constraints, space restrictions, or any other factors must be clearly stated on the Call for Abstracts and must be fair and equitable.
  3. Co-authorship of papers is permitted. However, only one person shall make the presentation at the Regional Student Paper Competition, and this person must have been substantially involved in the project or subject of the presented paper.
  4. A panel of three chemical engineers (faculty, industry representative, or AIChE local section member) will judge paper presentations. The decision of these judges will be final.
  5. At the National Paper Competition, time limits are generally 15 minutes for presentation and 3-5 minutes for Q&A. A similar time limit should be enforced at the Regional Student Paper Competitions.
  6. First Place receives a cash award of $200 from AIChE, a one-year subscription to Chemical Engineering Progress magazine, and a certificate supplied in duplicate. (One copy to be retained by the winner’s school.)
  7. Second Place receives a cash award of $100 from AIChE, a one-year subscription to Chemical Engineering Progress magazine, and a certificate supplied in duplicate. (One copy to be retained by the winner’s school.)
  8. Honorable Mention receives a cash award of $50 from AIChE, a one-year subscription to Chemical Engineering Progress magazine, and a certificate supplied in duplicate. (One copy to be retained by the winner’s school.) In the case of a tie, the money is divided equally among the entries.

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