This fellowship was established by the Board of Direction of the Society in 1938 and was made possible by J. Waldo Smith, past Vice President and Hon.M.ASCE, who bequeathed funds to the Society.
I. The fellowship is offered every third year. It runs for one full academic year and provides financial assistance as may be required for physical equipment connected with the research. Such equipment becomes the property of the institution upon completion of the work.
II. Applications for the fellowship come through the various institutions applying. The recipient will be selected on the basis of the quality of the application. Applications must be received at the Honors and Awards Program office by a date established by the Society Awards Committee that is no later than March 1, year of award. Recipient will be notified of selection in May by the Executive Director of the Society.
III. Each application shall include a brief application form as well as a statement of the purposes for which the funds are expected to be used.
IV. Administration is in part through the institution which invites cooperation, through its engineering faculty.
V. The award is made to that graduate student, preferably an Associate Member of the Society, who gives promise of best fulfilling the ideals of the fellowship.
VI. Under the provisions adopted by the Board, the scope of the fellowship should be restricted to research in the field of experimental hydraulics as distinguished from that of purely “theoretical hydraulics.” To this end, emphasis is to be placed on practical experiments designed and executed for the purpose of advancing knowledge with respect to the laws of hydraulic flow, rather than to the type of research which proceeds on the theory of mathematical based on assumptions of unknown validity. The essence of the purpose of the research is to test the assumptions which are currently made, and also to develop a better understanding of fluid flow.
VII. The amount of the scholarship will be determined annually by and subject to approval of the Executive Committee of the ASCE Board of Direction based on the income from the fund endowment.
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