DV Terrell Paper Competition


The Daniel V. Terrell Paper Competition

The Region 4 Assembly of the American Society of Civil Engineers is proud to conduct the Daniel V. Terrell Paper Competition for Younger Members. This prestigious competition has been held for over 60 years and commemorates Dean Terrell's many years   of work and service to the Society and especially his leadership in the establishment of the District Council System, the predecessor of the Region 4 Assembly. All members, associate members or affiliates of ASCE (not including student members) who are 35 years of age or less on February 1, 2018, residing in Region 4, are eligible to submit papers in this competition. 

The Daniel V. Terrell competition topic (same as the topic for the society’s Daniel W. Mead Contest) must address professional ethics with respect to the following question or statement:

"How does the personal and professional use of social media relate to the ASCE Code of Ethics?"

The following can be used to stimulate, but should in no way limit, the discussion:

• Social Media is used daily for sharing, marketing, networking, and providing personal comments on issues. Should your social media post define you as a civil engineer?  Should they be grounds for your employer to discipline or terminate you?
• Is it good practice to share news stories about failing infrastructure, comment about fellow engineers/contractors, post information about upcoming contracts, or send pictures of job sites or engineering plans?

The following rules apply to the Daniel V. Terrell Paper Competition:
• No individual may submit more than one paper in a given year.
• Please include your ASCE member ID number, your name, and Section/Branch on the paper.
• The paper shall be of such length that it can be presented orally in not more than fifteen minutes and contain no more than 2000 words.
• Submit one electronic copy of the paper, preferably a PDF, with a cover letter to your Section President so that he/she can meet the April 1, 2018 submittal deadline. Entrants should coordinate with their respective Section well in advance of the submittal deadline, as the official submittal to the competition must come from the Section. Late submittals will not be accepted. Each Section is limited to two entries.
• The paper must be presented orally, by the author, before the Region 4 Assembly at the Summer 2018 meeting to be held in July 2018 in Charleston, SC.

(Contestants are encouraged to seek financial support from their Sections and Branches for travel expenses to present their papers.)

Reference citations of the papers should conform to official ASCE Journal Submission Guidelines, which can be found on the ASCE Publications website: http://ascelibrary.org/page/authors. Plagiarism is not acceptable and reference citations will be considered under scoring for Originality.

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DV Terrel Paper Competition Rules