Awards & Honors


Graduation with Departmental Distinction

Earned by graduating seniors who have attained a 3.500-plus cumulative GPAs, and completed independent study projects culminating in both a written paper and oral presentation judged by the department's Awards & Honors Committee to be distinguished.

ASCE Outstanding Senior Prize

Presented annually to a graduating civil engineering senior, or seniors, in recognition of an exceptional, positive impact on the Duke student chapter of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Aubrey E. Palmer Award

Presented annually to a civil engineering or environmental engineering senior in recognition of outstanding academic achievement.

Eric I. Pas Award

Presented annually to the graduating civil engineering or environmental engineering senior who conducted the most outstanding independent study project.

William Brewster Snow Award

Presented annually to seniors who have demonstrated academic excellence, interest, and enthusiasm in the study of environmental engineering.

Chi Epsilon

The Duke University chapter of Chi Epsilon, established in 1964, recognizes academic achievement and demonstrated character, practicality, and sociability.


Robert J. Melosh Medal

Judged by distinguished researchers in computational mechanics, this medal is awarded to the best student paper on finite element analysis as presented by finalists at the symposium held each spring at Duke.

Senol Utku Annual Award

For best pre-Ph.D. peer-reviewed journal papers. The competition rewards the graduate student/faculty advisor team for intellectual excellence, creativity and highest quality work. The award promotes early writing of research articles among graduate students.

Jeffrey B. Taub Award

Voted annually by the environmental engineering graduate students and presented to a graduate student who best exhibits maturity of thought and independence, and who best integrates past training with the environmental profession.


Earl I. Brown II Outstanding Civil Engineering Faculty Award

Presented by the student membership of the Duke chapter of Chi Epsilon, the national civil engineering honor society.