The ASFPM Foundation is pleased to announce that the three semifinalists have been selected for the 2019 Student Paper Competition. We would like to thank all who helped to get the word out about the competition. Ten abstracts were submitted by individuals and groups of undergraduate and graduate students across the country, with one entry from abroad as well. This was the most competitive year in the nine years we’ve held this event. After extended deliberation, the panel of judges selected the following semifinalists:
• Disaster Exposure and Mitigation: The Impact of Major and Minor Flood Events on Population Loss, by Nora Louise Schwaller and Jordan Branham, PhD students at the University of North Carolina, Department of City and Regional Planning
• “A Win-Lose Situation for Floodplain Buyouts”: Exploring the Impacts on Participants in the State of Illinois, by Jasmine Patricia Thomas, University of Illinois, Department of Urban and Regional Planning
• Saving the NFIP: A Transfer of Development Rights and Land Swap Strategy, By Nicholas Stamnas, University of Washington Masters Capstone Paper
These semifinalists will now submit their full paper by April 12 and present their papers at a special side session of the ASFPM annual national conference, Tuesday, May 21 at 3:30 p.m. Their papers and presentations will be judged by a panel of floodplain management professionals. Prizes up to $1,000 will be awarded to these students at the awards luncheon on Thursday, May 23. We encourage you to attend the Student Paper Competition presentation session in support of the future of floodplain management.
Speaking of the ASFPM annual national convention in Cleveland coming up in May, the ASFPM Foundation will once again be holding a silent auction in the Exhibit Hall and a live auction at the annual donor appreciation reception. We encourage you to start thinking of items you might like to donate to the silent action. Donated items (minimum value of $25 and up) are tax deductible. Conference attendees will have the opportunity to bid on unique goods and services from local businesses, as well as from members throughout the country. Watch for more details on how to donate coming in March and April.