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Low entries threaten Henry Palmer award

ICE News

THE HENRY Palmer award faces the axe with the ICE having received just one entry ahead of the 30 September deadline for applications.

This year would be the third time the two yearly competition has taken place. It was launched in 1998 to inspire young engineers to promote the civil engineering profession to audiences within schools, colleges or universities.

Most of the projects developed by competing graduates and students are hands-on, and focus on team building and problem solving skills.

Last time the 12 finalists recruited more than 2,000 school and college students to participate in their projects, which ranged from researching and designing Olympic villages and model infrastructures for the moon, to taking a 'civil engineering journey' around their local town or city.

The ICE strongly supports the award, and is urging firms to encourage their graduates to enter before it is too late.

'While the ICE can provide the tools for promoting the profession to future generations, it cannot succeed in this goal without the active commitment and involvement of members, ' said ICE vice president Michelle McDowell, judge of the last awards. 'Participating in the Henry Palmer award is a great way of showing this commitment.'

There is still time to enter, with the grand launch of the 2002/03 competition scheduled for 4 October.

This year almost £1,000 worth of prizes are on offer, including a £200 prize put up by the British Dam Society for the team that produces the best project promoting the value of dams.

INFOPLUS For information and an application form, visit www. ice. org. uk

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