TRB Emerging Professionals Call For Abstracts

The TRB Young Members Council welcomes submissions of abstracts by graduate student authors and young member (35 years or younger) for consideration of presentation at the 93rd Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB). The intent of this session is to get exposure for transportation research or projects and to provide students and young members the experience of presenting at TRB in a podium or poster session. Therefore, the abstracts should reflect ongoing research, case studies, or other suitable topics being conducted by graduate students (both Master and Doctorate) and practicing young members across all transportation modes and TRB Groups that are not fully complete or in a format ready for a traditional TRB paper peer review.

A unique aspect of this session is that it builds upon TRB’s commitment to emerging professionals and creates a comprehensive learning experience for TRB emerging professionals to experience a complete process of a call for abstracts and presentation in a TRB Annual Meeting podium session. This session will create a learning environment for each activity leading to and beyond the presentation by providing coaching, constructive input, and encouragement along each step including: feedback on the abstracts, guidance on effective and clear presentations, brief presentation feedback from a hand-selected panel, and ideas and suggestions on enhancing the presentation delivery.

Papers will not be required for submission; therefore, papers will not be peer-reviewed according to TRB procedures, nor will they appear on the TRB Annual Meeting Compendium of papers. Abstracts will be reviewed by members of the Young Members Council and Group-level Young Member Councils/Subcommittees. Authors whose abstracts are selected for presentation will be asked to present either a PowerPoint or poster presentation of their research during the TRB Annual Meeting. Abstracts should be submitted directly to Jason Gregorie, YMC Member, via email ( “TRB, Emerging Professionals” should appear in the email subject line.  Please include read receipt with the email transmission.

Abstracts should follow the requirements found on TRB’s website: The author’s name, affiliation, and contact information (including mailing address and email address) must appear in the same document as the abstract. The abstract must be submitted in Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat format.

Abstracts to be considered for the 2014 Annual Meeting must be submitted electronically no later than September 10, 2013. Abstracts accepted after this date cannot be considered due to the time required to facilitate the podium session speaker selection process. Authors of the selected abstracts will be contacted in October 2013 concerning possible presentation at the 2014 TRB Annual Meeting.

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