EESF/AEESF Student Social Media Competition 2019

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EESF/AEESF Student Social Media Competition 2019

The Environmental Engineering and Science Foundation (EESF) and the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors are pleased to announce the 2019 EESF /AEESF Student Social Media Competition. The competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students studying environmental engineering or sciences worldwide.

The social media postings are intended to educate students and the public about impact environmental engineers and scientists have in addressing the major environmental problems facing the United States and the world.

The applications have an opportunity to win $2250. The theme of the competition is The role of environmental engineers and scientists in meeting the “grand challenges” facing our nation and the world.

Who May Eligible:

To be eligible, applicants must meet all the following criteria:

  • Must be undergraduate and graduate students
  • Must be studying environmental engineering or sciences worldwide (includes community colleges)

How to Apply & Competition Rules:

To apply, the applicants must download the application form and must be submitted to


  • Submissions should focus on one or more of the following five environmental focused Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st Century:
    • restore and improve urban infrastructure,
    • provide access to clean water,
    • manage the nitrogen cycle,
    • make solar energy economical, and
    • Develop carbon sequestration methods.
  • Student teams may choose the media in which to place their posts.
  • Teams will be required to create metrics to measure the impact of their postings and to present data on their effectiveness in educating students and the public.
  • Intended Audience: The social media post should be targeted to educate 8th grade and higher students and the general public about environmental engineering and science.
  • Each team should consist of 3-8 students and a faculty advisor in environmental engineering or sciences.
  • Faculty advisors may give guidance and provide suggestions about social media outreach, but cannot perform actual project work.
  • At least one member of the team should be a student member or faculty member of either the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES) or the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP).
  • Membership by the faculty advisor in either AAEES or AEESP qualifies the team even if none of the students are members.
  • Team members must be enrolled in a college or university (community colleges are encouraged to compete) at the time of the Team Entry Form and Student Social Media Outreach Posting(s) submissions and should be studying Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, or a related discipline(s).
  • Students from other disciplines may be added as long as the majority of the team consists of Environmental Engineering and/or Environmental Sciences students.
  • Students from all nations and educational levels (e.g., associate, undergraduate or graduate) are welcome to participate.
  • No monetary compensation may be provided to anyone contributing to the submissions. This competition is strictly for educational purposes and students are expected to complete 100% of the work involved in the creation of submissions.
  • Selected winners, each individual, and each team member agree to grant to EESF, AAEES, and AEESP unrestricted right to use and disseminate the postings and impact analyses or any portions thereof.
  • Postings must be in English. Data should be reported in metric units and currency in U.S. dollars.
  • Each team must submit an official competition entry form with the following information:
    • The tentative title of postings
    • Team member names and affiliations
    • Faculty advisor name and department
    • Tentative description of the postings and the planned impact analysis (500 words or less)
    • Contact information (email, telephone number) for the team leader and faculty advisor


Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three entries:

  • 1st place – $1,000
  • 2nd place – $750
  • 3rd place – $500

Application Deadline:

Each team must submit an official competition entry form by 11:59 pm ET (US) on December 17, 2018.

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If you have questions regarding the social media competition, eligibility requirements, or submission process, contact Yolanda Moulden at

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