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James D. Cooper Student Paper Competition

The IBC James D. Cooper student paper competition is open to college and university engineering students in the United States and worldwide.

The winning paper will receive a $1000 Fellowship, complimentary conference registration and hotel and travel allowances to attend the 34th International Bridge Conference®, June 4-8, 2017, in National Harbor, MD. Additionally, the winning paper will be considered for inclusion in the published proceedings and for presentation at the conference.

Student competition papers should fall within one of the IBC Technical Session Topics listed below. Papers prepared for other purposes (thesis, projects, etc.) are acceptable although previously published work cannot be accepted. Manuscripts are limited to ten (10) pages single spaced 12 point text (no exceptions). Papers must be authored by students; faculty advisors can only be a co-author. Specifically, the first author of the paper must be a student. Papers will be judged by an international committee of engineers and academics.

Student competition papers must be submitted no later than March 31, 2017

Winning entries will be notified in April/May 2017. Invitations to present or submit for proceedings will also be made at this time.

The Student Paper Awards Committee reserves the right to not make an award.

Inquiries regarding the student paper competition may be directed here.

IBC Student Paper Competition Form

  • Accepted file types: pdf.


The IBC requests abstracts that address the following topics, but not limited to:
  • Accelerated Bridge Construction
  • Bolting & Fastening
  • Bridge Demolition
  • Bridge Maintenance Programs
  • Cable Stayed Bridges
  • Computer Software Applications
  • Construction Techniques & Planning
  • Design
  • Design/Build Techniques
  • Detail Drawing Preparation
  • Erection Engineering, Practices & Standards
  • Fabrication Methods
  • Foundations Topics
  • Graffiti Removal
  • Ground Modifications
  • Heat straightening in the shop and during bridge maintenance repairs after traffic damage
  • Innovative Design Concepts
  • Innovative Financing
  • Innovative Materials Applications
  • Lessons from Bridge Failures
  • Load Testing & Instrumentation Systems
  • Long Span Bridges
  • LRFD
  • Movable Bridges
  • MPT Construction Phasing
  • NBIS Bridge Inspections
  • Partnering
  • Railroad and Transit Bridges
  • Rapid Construction
  • Rehabilitation and Strengthening
  • Scour Investigations
  • Security Issues & Solutions
  • Segmental Concrete Bridges
  • Seismic Design
  • Surface Preparation & High Performance Coating Systems
  • Timber Bridges
  • Welding of Steel Bridges