This is a College-level competition across all Departments/Programs for Ph.D. graduate students who are on-track to receive/graduate with their conferred degree between May 2022 – December 2022. It is intended to highlight the creativity and outstanding research achievements demonstrated by our Ph.D. students. Departments/Programs may each present up to two graduate students for this award. Candidates will give a 3-5-minute lightning talk followed by a poster session at the Engineering Research Symposium (ERS) on November 19, 2021. A committee will select three student winners for this award.
Eligibility Criteria and Selection of Candidates
- Criteria for the award: creativity and outstanding research achievement.
- Graduate chairs can present up to two Ph.D. students as candidates for this award. To identify their candidate(s), we recommend using a process that allows nominations from both students and faculty, including student self-nominations.
- Students must be on-track to receive/graduate with their conferred Ph.D. degree between May 2022 – December 2022.
- Department/Program submission deadline: Friday, October 22, 2021
Nomination package must include the following as a single PDF in the order listed
- Student personal statement (1-page max) explaining:
- Why they should be selected for the Towner sessiony.
- How the student and/or their research has been involved in/impacted our local or a broader community.
- Examples include but are not limited to: involvement in student organizations, serving as a GSI, volunteer activities, and research impact on a specific community.
- Two letters of recommendation (one from the student’s advisor).
- The student’s CV with links to publications and/or patents.
- One-page abstract on the work the student will present at ERS
- The abstract may include 1 figure as a part of the single page abstract. Abstracts should not exceed 1 page. See abstract template for guidelines.
- Abstracts will be available online on the ERS website
Departments/Programs should submit these documents as one PDF file with the nomination form.
- Friday, October 22, 2021: Department/Program nominations due.
- Tuesday, October 26, 2021: Nominees notified with poster and lightning talk presentation instructions.
- Friday, October 29, 2021: Poster submissions due in PPT and PDF format (refer to poster template).
- Monday, November 15, 2021: Lightning talk presentations due in PPT or PDF format.
- Wednesday, November 17, 2021 (evening): Tech test-run session for lightning talks. Presenters will not be able to use their own laptops.
- Friday, November 19, 2021: ERS Oral and Poster Presentations.
- TBA: Awards Banquet.
Awards & Review Process
- Candidates will be judged on their submitted materials and oral presentation by a committee of judges during the Engineering Research Symposium.
- The judging rubric will assess research quality, effective communication, and broader impact.
- Three winners will each receive $2,500. Winners will be announced at the Awards Banquet on the evening of ERS.
- Winners will be highlighted on the CoE website.
- Winners will be honored at the CoE Leaders & Honors Brunch in March.
Questions about the Richard and Eleanor Towner Prize for Outstanding Ph.D. Research can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.