NC APA Student Paper Competition Deadline 9.3.2010

North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association

2010 Student Paper Competition

Each year at the NCAPA Annual Conference, a student paper competition is held to recognize exceptional student research on planning-related topics. This year, the competition will be divided into two sections: one for undergraduate students and one for graduate students. The conference will be held from September 29th through October 1st in New Bern. A special conference session is featured where students can present their findings to an audience of professional planners and a panel of judges who will select a winner. All participating students will receive a travel stipend and complimentary conference registration.  A winner will be selected from the undergraduate group and an additional winner will be selected from the graduate student group. Each of the winners will receive a $500 cash award, a plaque bearing their name, and will be recognized at the Awards Luncheon held on September 30th. This is a great opportunity for students to gain experience presenting technical knowledge and network with practicing planners from across the state.

Eligibility Criteria

All students attending colleges and universities in North Carolina who are conducting research on planning-related topics are eligible for consideration. Interested students should contact the chairman of their department who will select one undergraduate paper and, if possible, one graduate student paper to forward for participation in the competition. Papers should be 10-20 pages in length. Judges will consider the paper and the 10-minute presentation when evaluating the entries. Five hard copies of the paper and one copy on CD should be submitted along with contact information for the student. Additional information concerning the student paper competition will be posted on the NCAPA website ( this Spring.

Materials must be received by September 3, 2010 and should be mailed to:

Judy Francis, AICP

NCAPA Secretary

2090 Highway 70

Swannanoa, NC 29778