USAEE especially encourages student work in energy economics. Each year, the Dennis J. O'Brien USAEE/IAEE Best Student Paper Awards showcase and reward the best student work in the profession. There are three levels of award. Up to 10 papers may receive a Student Paper Award and $500 cash plus a Conference Registration Fee Scholarship. Among those, four will receive a Best Student Paper Finalist Award and an additional $250 cash and the paper will be presented during a special session at the USAEE/IAEE Conference. Among those four, one will receive the Best Student Paper Award and an additional $250. A panel of judges makes all decisions. Award recipients must attend the Conference to receive their award at a ceremony during the Conference.
The awards honor Dennis J. O'Brien, a champion of students and an early leader of our Association. Dennis J. O'Brien co-founded the US Association of Energy Economics as a chapter of the IAEE in the early 1990s. He was President of the US Chapter during 1994 and 1995. He was President of IAEE for 1997. Those who knew him remember him as being especially dedicated to helping students and energy economics professionals in the early stages of their career. He passed away in 2005 on his return from that year's North American Conference. The awards are funded in part by USAEE members and sponsors who have contributed to the USAEE Student Support Fund.
To student applicants: To enter the Dennis J. O'Brien USAEE/IAEE Best Student Paper Award competition, you must be a member of IAEE. Send a pdf version of your paper to Dave Williams, USAEE Executive Director, email@example.com. The paper must not exceed 30 double-spaced pages. Have your advisor send a letter on your behalf indicating that you are a full-time student (or recent graduate and not employed full-time) and indicating that the paper is your work (and not co-authored with non-students). Both the paper and the letter must be received by July 6, 2012. You will be notified of an Award by August 8, 2012. Note that travel and lodging costs are your responsibility. Also note that if you would like to present your paper at the Conference even if it does not receive a Finalist Award (and thus get presented in a special session), you must follow the regular paper submission procedures, submitting an abstract by May 31, 2012.
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For further information contact Dave Williams, USAEE Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org or 216.464.2785.