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DUNDEE UNIVERSITY civil engineering student Elaine O'Connor (centre) has carried off first prize in the Dundee area branch graduates and students papers competition.

O'Connor scooped the award for her paper describing first year experimental work on the effect of the length and strength of various grass root systems on soil slope stability.

Second prize went to Heather Christie (right), also a student at Dundee University, for her paper on the ways leadership styles affect engineering team performance. Third place went to Walter Hayes (left) of Dundee City Council for his paper on the use of recycled demolition waste in an embankment for a new link road in central Dundee.

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