Competition Format:

The competition is divided into three educational levels (BS, MS, PhD) and further divided into technical areas (e.g. Biofluids & Biotransport, Tissue & Cellular Engineering, Solid Mechanics, Design, Rehabilitation, etc.) as dictated by the abstract submissions.

Papers are judged on the initial abstract submission and on the conference presentation. Presentations for the BS and MS level will be poster format, while the PhD-level presentations will be podium format. Only the top 36 abstracts scored at the PhD level will be invited to speak as finalists in one of our 6 podium sessions dedicated specifically to the competition. Abstracts considered for the PhD competition that are not selected as finalists will be considered for the general program and may still be accepted as either a podium or poster presentation in a session that is not part of the Student Paper Competition.

First, second, and third place winners for each technical area at each of the BS, MS, and PhD levels will be awarded. This means that up to 36 students will place (6-9 at the BS level, 6-9 at the MS level, and 18 at the PhD level). Cash awards will range from $100 to $400.

The eligibility criteria and rules are as follows:

  1. The student must be listed as both the first and presenting author. As such, they must have also been the primary researcher on the project. No teams of students will be allowed.
  2. Only the student listed as the first and presenting author can present the work at the meeting. It is requested that a submission to the student paper competition is in the spirit that if accepted, the advisor, research institution, and student will make every effort to encourage and support the student’s attendance at the conference. In the rare event where the student is unable to participate, another author should present the work; however, that paper will be disqualified from the competition.
  3. The project must have been conducted while the student was enrolled at the level indicated in the competition (e.g. BS, MS, PhD). Thus, recent graduates can still participate. However, the work presented can only include what was performed prior to graduation. Eligible Doctoral students include those pursing an MD, PhD, or equivalent terminal degree.
  4. New for 2019: Students requesting to compete in the ASME SPC at the BS or MS level are required to include a signed statement from their PI, attesting that: (1) the majority of the work was completed by the first/presenting author and (2) the first author conducted the work when they were a student at the corresponding competition level. This attestation should be added as a third page to their abstract. Abstracts submitted without it may be withdrawn from the competition. Attestation is NOT required for students at the PhD level.
  5. At least one co-author, generally the student’s research advisor, must be included in the author list. The advisor must also consent to the submission of the abstract for the competition and the student’s participation in the competition.
  6. The work cannot have been previously published as a peer-reviewed publication prior to submission.
  7. Only one entry per student (as first and presentation author) will be considered for the competition. It is possible for a student to be listed as a co-author on a separate submission, but they can only be the first and presenting author for one entry. Further, if they are listed on an additional submission as a secondary author, both abstracts must be clearly distinct.
  8. The same work cannot be submitted for consideration in any other session at the meeting.
  9. First place winners of BS, MS, PhD competitions in previous SB3Cs are not eligible to participate in the same level this year again.

Questions about the Student Paper Competition may be submitted to the ASME-BED Student Paper Competition Chair, Shannon Stott .