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National Competition Eligibility Requirements

    In order to facilitate broader participation by ASCE Student Organizations in Student Conference activities, the ASCE Committee on Student Members (CSM) stresses the importance of the conference as an event that is much more than a qualifying round for national competitions and highlights the required events at a conference.  As such, the following qualifications are required of all ASCE Student Organizations in order to participate in an ASCE-sponsored National Competition.

    An ASCE Student Organization must:

    1. Be in good standing with ASCE:

    a) annual report and annual dues must be submitted and received by ASCE prior to the start of the Student Conference, and

    b) as representatives of ASCE and the civil engineering profession, all competition and conference participants are expected to and must act professionally and courteously. The use of alcohol, marijuana, or other controlled substance is strictly prohibited. 

    Note: Invitations to conference and national competitions are a privilege, not a right. Failure to adhere to this policy can result in letters of reprimand, mandatory behavior management plans, and loss of invitations to further competition for individual institutions and/or entire conferences. 

     2. Attend and participate in their assigned Student Conference as shown through their school’s:

     a) Good faith participation in the Student Conference Business Meeting (i.e. on time attendance by at least one student representative);

    b) Good faith participation in the Student Conference Paper Competition (i.e. submission and presentation by at least one member of the ASCE Student Organization); and

    c) Meeting any additional requirements of Student Conference participation set by the Student Conference at the previous year’s business meeting or in their written and approved by- laws, standing rules, or constitution.

    Note: The concrete canoe design paper/oral presentation does not count as an entry into the Student Conference Paper Competition. It is not a requirement that a concrete canoe (or steel bridge) team member submit and present a Student Conference Paper.



    The National Concrete Canoe Competition

    The ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition (NCCC) provides students with a practical application of the engineering principles they learn in the classroom, along with important team and project management skills they will need in their careers. The event challenges the students' knowledge, creativity and stamina, while showcasing the versatility and durability of concrete as a building material. Learn more.

    ASCE/AISC National Student Steel Bridge Competition

    The National Student Steel Bridge Competition (NSSBC) challenges student teams to design and fabricate a one-tenth scale steel bridge. Contest rules reflect structural specifications and construction regulations. Students practice structural design/analysis and project management, as well as learning fabrication techniques and gaining appreciation for the strength and constructability of steel. NSSBC is co-sponsored by ASCE and the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC).

    Learn more 


    ASCE Student Conferences

    Eighteen ASCE Student Conferences are held every spring, each hosted by an ASCE Student Organization belonging to the Student Conference.  Most include a business meeting, professional technical presentations, competitions (surveying, technical paper presentations, concrete canoe, steel bridge), social activities and an awards banquet.

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