Outstanding Student of the Year Award
Each year, the Institute selects one graduate student for the Outstanding Student of the Year Award, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology.
The student selected receives a $2,000 award from the Institute and is presented with a certificate from high-ranking USDOT officials at a ceremony held in conjunction with the TRB Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., each January. The Institute also reimburses the student for his/her travel to the ceremony and TRB Annual Meeting.
Selection is based on accomplishment in three areas: technical merit and research, academic performance, and professionalism and leadership (e.g., presentations, student professional activities).
The recipient of the 2018 award for the Roadway Safety Institute is Frank Alarcon (pictured, right, with Frank Douma). Advised by Frank Douma, Alarcon is working toward a master’s degree in urban and regional planning at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
- William Barbour, civil engineering (Advisor: Daniel Work)
- Brendan Murphy, civil engineering (Advisor: David Levinson)