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What's the ASFPM Foundation been up to?
Monday, October 22, 2018

Do you know a university student enrolled in floodplain management-related courses? Please encourage them to enter the ASFPM Foundation's 9th Annual Collegiate Student Paper Competition. Finalists receive a stipend to help with travel expenses to present their papers at the 2019 ASFPM annual national conference May 19-23 in Cleveland, Ohio. Prizes of up to a $1,000 scholarship will be awarded.

Any full-time student, or team of students, enrolled at any college or university is eligible to submit an abstract on subjects relating to floodplain or stormwater management. Some related fields include engineering, geology, geography, planning and public administration. A list of suggested topics is available here.

Abstracts of 500 words or less must be submitted by Jan. 12. Abstracts will be reviewed by an ASFPM Foundation panel. Three semi-finalists will be invited to submit a full paper due April 12. Semifinalists will be invited to present their papers at a special session at the ASFPM annual national conference May 21. Papers and student presentations will be judged by a panel of floodplain managers and winners will be announced at the conference awards luncheon May 23. Learn more about the competition requirements and about past finalists on the foundation website.


Congratulations to the Floodplain Management Association for being selected by the foundation to co-host the 2019 State Flood Risk Symposium, which will be held in Sacramento, California this coming spring. The Foundation Events Committee is working with FMA to determine the symposium topic and select the dates. Watch for future announcements about this event—the first symposium to be held in the western United States.

During October and early November, the foundation will conduct interviews of ASFPM chapters that previously co-hosted these state symposia to learn more about how these events benefit floodplain management at the state and local level. We also hope to learn what can be done to ensure these events provide even greater value to the floodplain management community and will use the interview results to help shape future symposia.


Planning is underway for the 6th Gilbert F. White National Flood Policy Forum to take place in Washington, D.C. March 12-13, 2019. One of the fundamental goals of the ASFPM Foundation is fostering research and education to support efforts in reducing flood losses and improving floodplain management in the United States. In 2004, the foundation began hosting the Gilbert F. White National Flood Policy Forum to bring together leading experts in floodplain management to define and address pressing issues we face. This year’s forum will address urban flooding. The publications resulting from the five previous forums are available here.


The countdown begins! Donate to the ASFPM Foundation on #GivingTuesday (Nov. 27) to support a variety of initiatives, including the Future Leaders Scholarship. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @ASFPMfoundation to receive updates and reminders. Your financial support ensures our ability to continue to offer programs that enrich our field.






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