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ecuscino | Created: 05 Jun 2019 | Updated: 06 Jun 2019
Calls for Papers and Abstracts

IGS-North America (IGS-NA) and the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) are pleased to invite current students and students that have graduated during the 2016-2019 period (with a BS, MS, or Ph.D. degree) to participate in the 2020 North American Geosynthetics Student Awards Program.

Participation in this student program requires:

  • Submittal of a research abstract by 26 June 2019
  • Subsequent submittal of the first version of a research paper by 06 October 2019
  • Participation as a North American Delegate to the GeoAmericas 2020 Conference, the 4th Pan American Conference on Geosynthetics to be held in beautiful Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 26 to 29 April 2020 (

Participants will qualify for exciting honors and awards:

  • All students with accepted papers will join the North American Student Delegation to GeoAmericas 2020
  • The authors of the top three papers will have all travel expenses and registration fees paid for their trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • The author of the top paper will receive additional compensation of $1,000 as well as the opportunity to participate in a subsequent intercontinental competition among student winners from various countries, to be held during GeoAmericas 2020

Participation criteria:

  • The participant should either be a current student or should have graduated during the 2016-2019 period
  • The degree pursued by current students or already earned by recent graduates may be a BS, MS, or PhD. However, the research documented in the paper submitted should have been conducted primarily as a student
  • Participating students and faculty advisors must be members of IGS-NA. If you are not currently an IGS-NA member, you can become one easily online ( Membership for current students is free!
  • The student should be the first author of the paper and it is recommended that the faculty advisor be the second author
  • Participants in previous IGS-NA student competitions may also participate in the 2020 Student Awards Program

Timeline and selection process:

  • 14 June 2019 (Optional): Send email to with the subject “Expression of Interest: 2020 Student Award.” Include your name, institution, advisor, and theme of your planned abstract. This will help organizers identify reviewers for a fast submission turnaround.
  • 26 June 2019: Deadline for abstract submittal through the GeoAmericas 2020 website (


For more complete information, download the Awards Program bulletin.