Students are an integral part of the future for the geotechnical engineering profession. Geo-Frontiers 2011 features several student activities.
Each activity is designed to help students grow professionally and to offer opportunities to network with their future colleagues.
Geo-challenge student competition
The Geo-Challenge competition has been a prized part of the Geo Institute (G-I) annual congress since 2005.
Student teams are challenged to design and build a scale model mechanically-stabilized earth wall consisting of dry sand and paper reinforcement behind a poster board facing in a plywood box.
Each team is judged on the wall’s ability to carry a surface load, the amount of reinforcement used, the time needed for construction, and the quality of the team’s design report.
Student geosynthetics paper competition
The Student Geosynthetics Paper Competition, sponsored by North American Geosynthetics Society (NAGS), allows students to experience the process of writing a technical paper, from abstract to final paper, including a formal review process and presentation in front of their peers.
Geo-Frontiers 2011 offers a career fair.
Companies from all aspects of the geotechnical field are invited to conduct on-site meetings with potential employees.
The opportunity to meet face-to-face with a variety of geotechnical firms is not limited to students. All attendees are invited to use this fair to learn more about the individual firms and the positions they are looking to fill now or in the future.
Student/organizational member event
Plans are under way for the 2nd G-I Student and Organizational Member Event.
This networking event is intended to offer G-I organizational members a great opportunity to meet these future geoprofessionals.
Students are eligible for discounted registration fees.
Student registration includes all scheduled non-short course activities, including the GRI-24 Conference on March 16, for $200 (includes CD-rom of all conference proceedings) or $125 without proceedings. Students are required to furnish student ID upon request.