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Makeover for young engineers’ award

One of the ICE’s top awards for young members, the Graduate and Student Papers Competition (GSPC), has been renamed the Emerging Engineers Award in a bid to make it more inspiring for participants and their audience.

The GSPC was first introduced in 1951 as the Institution Medal and Premium (Local Associations) Competition and is open to ICE graduate and student members with papers on any area of engineering design, research or practice.

Papers have to be presented and discussed, and, must be innovative and exceptionally well written.

Heats initially take place across the ICE regions, with the winning papers judged by a panel. At the heats and the final, the authors present their papers before holding a question and answer session.

Entering provides an opportunity to practice writing and presentation skills for those preparing for their professional review.

Paper authors and their university or employer also receive the recognition that comes with having a paper published and winning a cash prize or Institution medal.

ICE members were asked to put forward new names for the competition. The chosen name - the Emerging Engineers Award - was suggested by graduate member Scott Sumner who said his proposal “engenders a spirit of faith in the next generation of budding engineers”.

Head judge and ICE membership director David Lloyd Roach agreed the new name “celebrates the achievements of our young members and encourages them to aspire to professional qualification in the future”.

“I hope the Emerging Engineers Award will go from strength to strength.” he added.

  • The 2014 final is on Wednesday 22 October at One Great George Street and is free to ICE members. Find out more about the competition and book your place at the final at

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