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Awards presented at the 20th National Conference
on Rural Public and Intercity Bus Transportation

 

Salt Lake City, Utah

October 14-17, 2012

 

 

 

 

Graduate Student Research Competition

 

Guidelines for the Student Research Paper Competition

 

The 20th National Conference on Rural and Intercity Bus is scheduled for October 2012 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Student participation is being encouraged by offering students the opportunity to take part in a research paper competition. Two winning student research papers will be awarded and the authors will receive cash prizes and travel funds to attend the conference.

 

Research Paper Winners: 1st place $1,000 and 2nd place is $500

 

Research Paper Competition Rules:

  1. Students must attend an accredited college or university.
  2. Students participating must be able to provide proof of their college or university registration.
  3. Participation in the competition is voluntary.
  4. Research papers submitted must be the work of only one student.
  5. A student may only submit one entry.
  6. Students may come from any discipline: engineering, economics, business, literature, sociology, medicine, science, art, etc.
  7. The research paper entry must indicate:
    1. Students name, email address
    2. School name
    3. Level of student (Masters, Ph.D.)
    4. Student’s main course of study or major
    5. Student’s academic advisor
  8. Research papers must be double-spaced with one-inch margins using 12-point Times New Roman font. They are not to exceed 2,000 words. They must be submitted in Microsoft WORD format and must include correct citations.
  9. The word document files must be saved using the following title format: 2012 RIBC Research Paper Competition – Student name – School name.
  10. The entry must be sent electronically to either Jill Hough (jill.hough@ndsu.edu) or Pat Weaver (weaver@ku.edu).
  11. The deadline is final. Any file sent after 5 p.m. CT, March 5, 2012 will not be considered.
  12. Students will be notified by March 30, 2012, regarding participation in the conference.
  13. Students participating in this competition authorize the conference to use all or part of their work during the Conference in the form of quotes or displays. However, the work will be cited to the author and the college/university they attend.
  14. Objections will not be accepted in relation to the grading of the entries or selection. Grading will only be communicated to the top two entries.
  15. Winners of the competition agree to attend the conference and to participate in sessions by presenting their work.

Students are encouraged to address topics relating to the conference theme: “Connecting Communities through public transportation.” Preference will be given to papers addressing topics related to planning, policy, operations, special topics areas, and technology.

 

 

Judging Criteria: All essays will be judged on originality, innovation, practicality, timeliness, and readability.

 

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College and University Rural Public and Intercity Bus Essay Competition for Undergraduate Students
20th National Conference on  Rural Public and Intercity Bus Transportation
Salt Lake City, Utah – October 14-17, 2012


Guidelines for the Undergraduate Student Essay Competition

Deadline Extended for Essay Competition to April 9, 2012


The 20th National Conference on Rural and Intercity Bus is scheduled to take place in October 2012 in Salt Lake City, Utah. To encourage student participation in the conference, students are offered the opportunity to participate in an essay competition. Two essay winners will receive cash prizes as well as travel funds to attend the conference.

Essay Winners: 1st place $500 and 2nd place is $250


Essay Competition Rules:

  1. Students must attend a community college, four-year college, or  university.

  2. Students must be able to provide proof of their college or university registration.

  3. Participation to the competition is voluntary.

  4. Essays or papers must be the work of only one student.

  5. A student may only submit one entry.

  6. Students may come from any discipline: engineering, economics, business, literature, sociology, medicine, science, art, etc.

  7. The essay must indicate: Student’s name, email address, School name, Level of student (freshman, sophomore, etc.), Student’s main course of study or major

  8. Essays must be at least two and no more than three pages long, single spaced using 12-point Times New Roman font. They can be factual or imaginative. They must be submitted in Microsoft WORD format.

  9. The word document files must be saved using the following title format: 2012 RIBC Essay Competition – Student name – School name.

  10. The entry must be sent to either Jill Hough (jill.hough@ndsu.edu) or Pat Weaver (weaver@ku.edu).

  11. The deadline is final. Any file sent after 5 p.m. CT, April 9, 2012 will not be considered.

  12. Students will be notified in early May regarding participating in the conference.

  13. Students participating in this competition authorize the conference to use all or part of their work during the Conference in the form of quotes or displays. However, the work will be cited to the author and the college/university they attend.

  14. Objections will not be accepted in relation to the grading of the entries or selection. Grading will only be communicated to the top two entries.

  15. Winners of the competition agree to attend the conference and to possibly participate in sessions by presenting their work.

Setting the stage:

Approximately 20 percent of the US population lives in rural areas where a shrinking population base and shifting demographics have resulted in a need to travel farther to reach destinations and services such as shopping, healthcare, etc. Individuals living in these rural areas rely on technology and public transportation to maintain connections to regional centers and the global economy.  At the same time,  an increasing number of seniors choosing to “age in place” in rural areas. Given the emergence of new technology, changes in demographics, shifts in population, and economic and environmental trends, what can public transportation do to better connect communities? What do you think public transportation and intercity bus service will look like in 2050?


Judging Criteria:
Originality, Innovation, Practicality, Timeliness, Readability

 

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