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2nd Annual Student Challenge

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Jan. 28, 2016


All undergraduate students in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering.


Produce a video related to why you chose to study to become a civil, architectural or environmental engineer.

Deadline:  Monday, April 4 (by midnight)


  • Glory (top videos posted on CAEE website); winners announced at 2016 Spring Banquet
  • Scholarships & Gift Cards1


  • Undergraduate students in architectural or civil engineering
  • Individuals or teams of up to three students allowed
  • Teams may include a mix of architectural and civil engineering students
  • Enthusiasm and creativity

The Challenge:

    • Produce a video that is less than 120 sec in total length addressing “Why CE” or “Why ArE” or "Why become an Environmental Engineer."
    • State your first name and where you are from.
    • Why did you choose your major (be honest!) or why does becoming an environmental engineer appeal to you?
    • Why you think this is a good choice for prospective students.
    • Videos may be humorous or serious, but must be aimed at educating future students.
    • Videos must be suitable for the general public.
    • Videos must include at least one image or scene from somewhere on the UT campus or in Austin.
    • Scenes from a CAEE lab, classroom or with a professor somewhere in the background are encouraged but not required.

Scoring (points):

Videos will be scored on a 100 point scale by a panel of CAEE faculty and staff with weighting as summarized below.  Separate prizes will be awarded for each video theme (civil, architectural or environmental).

  • Impact (video leaves a clear, memorable, and impactful message)    30
  • Quality (video is innovative, professional, organized in thought, and clear)    30
  • Technically defendable (information provided is correct and from reliable sources)    30
  • Use of image from UT campus or Austin   10
  • Bonus points:
    Scene of a CAEE lab, classroom or professor lingering in background (up to 10 points)

Penalty: -1 point for every sec over 120 sec.

Please enter your team by Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. Additional information on video submission will be provided upon team entry.

1. Each member of the 2016 Challenge Grand Champion team will receive $300 scholarships.  Each member of each of the three runners up will receive $50 gift certificates.  The maximum number of members per team is three.

 Questions?  Please contact Laura Klopfenstein.