Environmental Engineering Division Awards

The Environmental Engineering Division Awards consist of Best Faculty Paper, the Early Career Award, Best Student Paper, and the Meritorious Service Award. The EED Awards Committee reviews full conference papers eligible for the various paper awards, and evaluates nominations for the service award.


Best Faculty Paper

This award recognizes the best paper submitted to the Division. The author must be a current member of ASEE and of the Environmental Engineering Division. The author (not a graduate student or colleague) must present the paper. For multiple authors, at least one author must be a division member, and the presentation at the conference must be made by a division member. 

The prize for winning Best Faculty Paper Award is dinner for the winner(s) up to three authors, recognition at the Division dinner, and one plaque.


Early Career Award

This award recognizes the best paper written by an early career EED member. The award decision is made by the EED Awards Committee formed by division officers and/or division directors and/or invited external judges, and the paper is judged based on its ability to positively impact environmental engineering education.

Eligibility Criteria: The applicant(s) will be within the first four years of academic experience as a non-tenure track or tenure-track faculty member, and un-tenured as of August 31, 2020. All full-time years of academic experience count towards the time constraint. The applicant must teach at a four-year University that offers at least one environmental engineering course. Collaboration with senior or tenured faculty members is encouraged as long as the eligible faculty member(s) hold(s) the intellectual merit for the educational research or activity. In addition, the eligible faculty member(s) should be the lead author(s) and submit the manuscript to the division. Single authored papers are also accepted.

Application Process: To apply, authors must add the following sentence to the last line of the abstract: “I(We), am(are) an untenured faculty member(s) within the first four years of total academic experience, lead author(s) of this paper, and eligible for the Environmental Engineering Division Early Faculty Paper Award.” In addition, potential candidates must contact the program chair, Dr. Michelle Marincel Payne,, to confirm years of academic experience, EED membership, and for papers with multiple authors, the degree of intellectual merit in their paper. 

The prize for winning the Early Career Award is dinner for the winner(s) up to three authors, recognition at the Division dinner, and one plaque.


Best Student Paper

This award recognizes the best paper written by a student. The first author of the paper must be an undergraduate or graduate student, must be an EED member, and must present the paper at the Annual Conference. Faculty may be co-authors. The paper must focus on pedagogical issues. The Division will award up to three awards each year with the awardees receiving $500 each, with a plaque.


Meritorious Service Award

Members of the Environmental Engineering Division who, in the opinion of the reviewing officers, have performed activities or provided services to the Division benefiting the Division and deserving of special recognition are eligible for this award. For example, a member who provides sustained active contributions of major tasks over many years might be eligible for this award. The current Division Chair and Program Chair are ineligible to receive this award. Nominations should document these contributions. A call for nominations will be published in electronic and/or other publications for the Division. Nominations may be submitted to the Division Chair by letter or email, with a deadline of March 1st of the year in which the award is to be presented.