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Probabilistic Methods Student Paper Competition

Friday, January 17, 2020

Sponsored by: The Probabilistic Methods Committee (PMC)
Chair: Prof. Seymour MJ Spence

The Probabilistic Methods Committee of ASCE/EMI is pleased to announce the 11th Annual Student Paper Competition in Probabilistic Methods. The competition is open to any student author of a contribution to the EMI/PMC 2020 conference applying probabilistic methods to problems in engineering mechanics. Students whose abstracts in this thematic area have been accepted by the Conference are eligible to compete.


  • To increase the involvement of younger professionals in the EMI/PMC conferences, particularly in the area of probabilistic methods. 
  • To engage student members with the PMC to promote further growth as engineers, develop working relationships with PMC members, and be ready to take on future responsibilities within the technical community. 
  • To improve their technical writing skill, as well as to promote high-quality submissions to the flagship journal of EMI, the Journal of Engineering  Mechanics. 


  1. Be the lead author to submit an abstract to the EMI/PMC Conference through the EMI/PMC abstract submission website, by January 15, 2020. Submission to a PMC sponsored mini-symposium is particularly encouraged but not required.
  2. Express interest in participating in the competition by emailing Prof. Seymour Spence by February 1, 2020. Prof. Spence will reply and provide the paper template by February 15, 2020.
  3. Forward the abstract acceptance notification to Dr. Spence when provided by the conference organizers. 
  4. Submit a paper (maximum 4 pages) following the template provided, to Prof. Seymour Spence by March 15, 2020. The student must write the paper as the leading author and should conduct the majority of the work associated with the manuscript.
  5. Register and, if selected, present the paper in a special session at the EMI/PMC 2020 conference. 


  • January 31, 2020 - Abstract submission deadline  (extended)
  • February 1, 2020 - Express interest in participating by emailing: Prof. Spence
  • March 15, 2020 - Full-length paper due to: