Graduate and Undergraduate Student Paper Competitions Announced for Transportation Conference

“Changing Lives, Strengthening Communities”  is the focus of student competition for the 2018 Conference on Rural Public & Intercity Bus Transportation in Breckenridge, Colorado.

Fargo, ND February 9, 2018: A student paper competition is announced to encourage students in transportation and related fields to submit entries on the topic of the 23nd National Conference on Rural Public and Intercity Bus Transportation 2018 theme, “Changing Lives, Strengthening Communities” There are two competitions: the graduate student competition requires submission of a research paper, and the undergraduate student competition requires an essay addressing a specific challenge statement related to the theme.

Two winning student papers will be awarded in each category (graduate and undergraduate), along with a cash prize and travel expenses to the 2018 conference in Breckenridge, Colorado. Cash prizes for graduate research papers are $1,000 and $500 for first and second place, respectively; for undergraduate student essays, the cash prizes are $500 and $250. Deadline for submissions is April 15, 2018.

The National Conference on Rural Public and Intercity Bus Transportation is co-sponsored by TRB in cooperation with the Federal Transit Administration, Transportation Research Board, National Rural Transit Assistance Program, American Public Transportation Association and others. The 2018 Conference will be held in Breckenridge, Colorado from September 30 to October 3, 2018.

Complete instructions for each competition may be found on the conference website at For more information, contact Del Peterson at

University of Maryland Undergraduate Summer Research Program

The National Transportation Center at University of Maryland has an Undergraduate Summer Research Program in transportation engineering this summer. The Center is accepting applications from interested undergraduate students in the U.S. that will graduate after the fall of 2015. Upon reviewing the applications, the Center will sponsor up to six qualified undergraduate students to work with faculty on cutting-edge research projects. View brochure for additional program details

University of Vermont Graduate Assistantships

The University of Vermont – Transportation Research Center offers graduate research assistantships for 20 hours per week for 12-months to qualified Master’s or PhD students registered in a series of associated academic graduate programs at UVM. Students worked on sustainable transportation research projects. Recent topics have included long distance and intercity travel behavior, tailpipe emissions, climate adaptation planning, resiliency and criticality, bicycle/pedestrian travel, streetscape design, livability, and workforce development. The stipend level is $24K per year plus graduate tuition payment. Students have the opportunity to enroll in unique interdisciplinary graduate courses and the graduate certificate in sustainable transportation and planning. Past GRAs have been enrolled in programs such as Civil, Environment or Electrical Engineering, Natural Resource Planning, Community Development and Applied Economics and Public Administration. For more information on graduate research study:

University of South Florida Graduate Assistantships

The National Center for Transit Research, in conjunction with the University of South Florida (USF) Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is seeking candidates for several graduate assistantship positions. Selected applicants will pursue a master’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering. This 16-month program of coursework and experiential learning assignments will produce a master’s degree focused on transportation with particular emphasis on public transportation. Selected outstanding applicants will complete a 30-credit-hour program of coursework and participate in research assistantship and/or internship assignments. Seminars, conference travel, mentoring by senior transportation research and teaching faculty, and networking with fellow students will round out the program.  This program offers the best possible introduction to the field of public transportation, combining theory and practical experience while working with professional research faculty with hundreds of combined years of experience in operating transit agencies. View brochure for additional program details

Western Michigan University Graduate Assistantships

The Transportation Research Center for Livable Communities (TRCLC) at Western Michigan University has research assistantships for those who are interested in traffic operations and safety. The assistantship includes stipend and tuition support. Students who are interested in these opportunities should contact TRCLC ( by e-mailing at

Women’s Transportation Seminars Student Travel Award Essay Contest

In 2010, CAIT ran the first WTS Essay Contest and plans to continue the tradition through 2014. The prize is a travel award to attend the WTS Annual Meeting, an extraordinary opportunity to meet and network with women working in transportation and experience what awaits you in the professional world. The CAIT UTC consortium hosted its third WTS essay competition in 2013. The WTS essay competition is open to all female undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a transportation-related engineering, policy, or planning degree program. Contestants are chosen based on an essay, which is reviewed by a panel of faculty and communications experts whom evaluate submissions and choose the winners. Link:

CAIT-NJDOT Undergraduate Internship Program

The CAIT-NJDOT summer internship exposes students to the scores of areas NJDOT is involved in—construction, traffic engineering, structural engineering, intermodal transportation, freight, and more. The internship provides invaluable practical professional experience, gives students the opportunity work on solving real-world problems, broadens their worldview, and gives them a taste of what lies ahead. The program is mutually beneficial to students and NJDOT. Students gain practical experience solving real-world problems, while the agency has the opportunity recruit new talent for its workforce and benefit from fresh perspectives students can bring. Link: