Congratulations to Hannah Spero (BSU Geosciences undergraduate) who just won First Place in the Student Paper Competition of the Association of State Floodplain Managers. Hannah’s project was on developing a numerical model of the 1976 Teton Dam failure. She submitted an abstract in February and was selected in April as one of three finalists to submit a full paper and give a presentation. Two days ago, she presented her talk at the ASFPM Annual Meeting. The judging was based 70% on the paper, and 30% on the presentation. Along with the recognition comes $1000 scholarship and a year membership in ASFPM.
Her first-place win is quite an accomplishment, as the competition was open to both undergraduate and graduate students and all three finalists (all women!) gave outstanding talks. I especially commend Hannah for seeking out this conference, for doing most of the work herself on writing the abstract and final paper and putting together her final video. Her success is all hers.