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2015 Energy and the Environment Research Paper Competition


The Center for Energy Policy and Management (CEPM) invites the submission of research papers and related posters dealing directly or indirectly with the issues of energy, natural resources, environment, or sustainability from students in all academic departments at Washington & Jefferson College.  The purpose of the competition is to highlight and promote the wide variety of research related to energy and the environment that is being carried out by students on our campus.  Related to this, the competition seeks to focus attention on the ways in which research can increase and empower citizen engagement in these issues.

The research papers and posters will be submitted as part of the W&J Spring Poster Session and will be judged by a group of professionals drawn from industry, government, non-profit and consulting sectors.  The research papers and posters will be judged on the following criteria: clarity, research methodology, originality, innovation, and potential for overall contribution to engaging and empowering citizen engagement in energy, natural resources, environment, and/or sustainability matters.  Cash prizes will be awarded for First ($250), Second ($150) and Third Place ($100).  The winners will be announced after the W&J Spring Poster Session, and their work will be presented on the CEPM website.


  • The research must be the work of a current undergraduate student at W&J.  All academic departments are encouraged to participate.
  • Research work from a class, independent study, or capstone project is acceptable.
  • Work co-authored with another student is allowed; work co-authored with a faculty member is not allowed.
  • Each student may submit only one paper/poster to the competition.
  • Both the research paper and the poster must include an overview of the research topic, an explanation of the importance of examining the topic, key findings, an explanation of those findings, and consideration of future work in the area.

Notification and Submission Deadlines

  • By 5:00 p.m. on March 9, 2015, anyone who intends to participate in the competition shall submit written notification of such intent to Diana Stares, the Director of the Center for Energy Policy and Management, at, and Dr. Robert Dunn, Assistant Professor of Economics, at  The notification shall provide the applicant’s name, academic major, academic advisor, graduation year, and the research topic.
  • All posters shall be submitted in accordance with the rules established for the W&J Spring Poster Session, which will be announced later in the academic year.