EERI Competitions

The Earthquake Research Engineering Institute sponsors competitions open to students and EERI members. Get involved!


The EERI Annual Student Paper Competition

The Student Activities Committee of EERI is pleased to announce its Annual Student Paper Competition. The purpose of the competition is to promote active involvement of students in earthquake engineering and the earthquake hazards community. There are two categories: graduate and undergraduate.

Undergraduate Category

1. The paper must be directly related to earthquake engineering or earthquake hazard reduction.

2. The paper or extended abstract must not exceed four (4) pages in length inclusive of all figures, tables, photographs, appendices, and list of references. Exception: final papers from other programs, such as REU’s, that are longer than 4 pages will also be accepted.

3. The paper must be authored by the student alone. In addition, a faculty member or other advisor can provide feedback before submission of the paper but may not co-author the paper. The advisor’s name should be included in the “acknowledgements” section of the paper.

4. Applicants must be enrolled at an accredited U.S. college or university and must be U.S. residents.

5. A registration grant for the EERI Annual Meeting will be made available to the winning author, in addition to a small travel stipend, as long as funds are available. The winning paper may also be considered for publication in Earthquake Spectra.

6. Deadline: undergraduate papers must submitted online by October 1, 2018 at: https://www.eeri.org/cohost/registration/student-paper-submission

Graduate Category

Important: The EERI Graduate Paper Competition has Changed! (posted January 25, 2018)

In past years, the rules of the EERI Graduate Paper Competition required the paper to be an original contribution in a discipline directly earthquake engineering or earthquake hazard reduction, that represented the original work of the student and be authored by the student alone. This process failed to recognize the contributions of the full research team, and also constrained the ability of the student and the author team from submitting this content to a technical journal.

The following changes were made to (1) encourage graduate student researchers to publish their high-quality work in Earthquake Spectra, (2) ensure that other research team members are properly credited for their contribution to the work, and (3) align more with current interdisciplinary earthquake engineering research trends.

The changes will be in effect for the 2017 EERI Graduate Student Paper Competition and moving forward. The competition will work as follows:

1. Papers will be submitted to Earthquake Spectra for possible publication. The submitted papers may have any number of authors, but the first author must be a graduate student researcher at the time of first submission. The submitted paper will undergo the normal peer-review process.

2. Each year (i.e., each volume of Earthquake Spectra), the preceding published papers will be collected by the managing editor, and then reviewed by the Student Activities Committee to determine which paper(s) will win the graduate student paper award for that year. For example, the 2017 winning paper will be chosen from those papers published in Volume 33 of Earthquake Specta, for which the first author was a graduate student researcher at the time of first submission.

3. Do not submit a paper for the competition. If your paper was published in Earthquake Spectra and qualifies, it will be reviewed by the Student Activities Committee for the award.

4. The authorship team wins the award, and at least one co-author should be designated to accept the award and present on behalf of the research team at the EERI annual meeting.

5. A registration grant for the EERI Annual Meeting will be made available to the first author, in addition to a small travel stipend, as long as funds are available.


The EERI Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition

The Seismic Design Competition is organized by the Student Leadership Council. For more information about the 2018 competition please visit the SDC website.