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Student Participation

Students are encouraged to attend the Conference and will find their participation valuable to their career development. In addition to the technical information gained by attending presentations and visiting exhibits, students will be able to meet and talk with environmental professionals representing a wide range of work experience and employers. Recruitment is a major focus of many participating Exhibitors and Sponsors and the Conference will provide enhanced networking opportunities for student job-seekers.


Student Paper Competition Winner

Student Paper submissions were due September 21, 2018. The winning paper is scheduled for presentation at the Conference and the winner will be awarded a complimentary registration and a financial award to help cover travel and related costs.

Congratulations to Trevor Needham (University of Maryland Baltimore County/USA) on his winning paper, Kinetics of PCB Microbial Dechlorination Explained by Freely Dissolved Concentration in Sediment Microcosms.

Student Registration

The significantly reduced student registration rate provides full access to technical sessions, exhibits and meals. Full-time students are eligible; documentation of current enrollment is required. 


Student & Young Professional Reception

To help students and young professionals (less than 5 years in their field) become acquainted, a Student and Young Professional Reception will be held on Tuesday evening, following the poster presentations. Details about the Reception and any additional student events will be emailed to student registrants by January 28, 2018.


Student Events & Scholarships Sponsor

See the online Sponsorship Agreement Form for information about corporate sponsorship of student events. 

We appreciate the participation of Anchor QEA, whose contribution will be applied toward the student paper award and student events. Anchor QEA has also generously provided three student scholarships that were awarded to submitters of the student paper competition to cover the cost of their registration.


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Anchor QEA is an internationally recognized environmental and engineering consulting firm with expertise in contaminated sediment management, habitat restoration, and coastal development. Anchor QEA’s core business is managing sediment remediation cleanup through all phases of work, and our 350 technical staff have successfully managed and designed complex sediment remediation projects in North America. Our designs integrate the experience of our engineers, scientists, toxicologists, and construction specialists to develop defensible and cost-effective solutions. We ranked 24th in ENR’s Top All-Environmental Firms 2018 list in the U.S., and our staff serve as board and environmental commission members for the Western Dredging Association and contribute to the development of international guidance documents on contaminated sediment management. Through collaboration and innovation, we solve some of the most challenging problems in the environmental arena.