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Research Paper Competition

The Excellence in Highway Safety Data Award Encourages Undergraduate and Graduate Students to Use Roadway Data to Research a Safety Topic and Prepare for a Career in Highway Safety

 

Award details

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is pleased to announce the Excellence in Highway Safety Data Award, part of the Highway Data Analysis Excellence Awards Program, which is designed to encourage university students to use HSIS data to investigate a topic that advances highway safety and to develop a paper to document the original research.

The Award's goal is to encourage university students to use HSIS data with the intent of introducing potential future highway safety professionals to good quality safety data, the application of appropriate research methods to derive recommendations, and the practice of using data to make decisions.

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Eligibility and guidelines

The Excellence in Highway Safety Data Award research paper competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students in degree- granting programs that support highway safety, including, but not limited to, engineering, planning, statistics, psychology, and economics.

Current graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to develop papers for the competition based on their use of HSIS data for class projects and/or for graduate thesis and dissertation projects. Individuals who have graduated from a program within the six months prior to the submission date (i.e. Sept. 1, 2018-March 1, 2019) are also eligible, if the paper is based on work conducted as part of the program.

The following requirements must be met by all applicants and submissions for the 2019 Award:

  • Eligibility
    Applicant(s) must be enrolled as a graduate or undergraduate student in the 2018-2019 academic year or graduated from a university located in the U.S. during the 2018-2019 academic year, or have graduated from such a program within six months (i.e. Sept. 1, 2018 – March 1, 2019).
  • Topic
    Submitted papers must use HSIS data to investigate a topic that advances highway safety. Analysis must be conducted on data requested and acquired* from the Highway Safety Information System (www.hsisinfo.org/datarequest.cfm). While not mandatory, applicants are encouraged to use other data sources, such as but not limited to data from other states or localities, Second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2), Naturalistic Driving Study (NDS), Roadway Information Database (RID), Highway Performance Monitoring System (HPMS), in support of the primary analysis using HSIS data.
  • Word count
    The length of each paper must be 2,500-5,000 words, including the abstract, text, references, and tables. Each table counts as 250 words. If four tables are submitted, the abstract, text, and references may total no more than 4,000 words. Papers not meeting this requirement may be rejected without review. (adapted from 2018 Traffic Research Record author guidelines)
  • Original research
    For authors that have submitted papers to and received awards for previous competitions, HSIS expects that 2019 papers contain new, original material. If papers build on previous work and/or previously requested HSIS datasets, the submitted paper should offer significant new information. 2019 papers should contain at least 50% new, original content, and the remaining 50% not be verbatim to previously published work and/or a manuscript previously submitted to the HSIS paper competition.
  • Individual or group work
    Submissions by individual students or groups of students will be considered. Teams, however, must define one lead student and contributing students for the project. (Prizes reflect this requirement.) Faculty can participate in an advisory role but cannot be coauthors on the paper.

* Note: The turnaround time for requested HSIS data, www.hsisinfo.org/datarequest.cfm, is normally less than two weeks; however, time needed to conduct analysis of this data varies per project. Please be sure to plan accordingly and in advance of the paper submission deadline.

Submission details and deadline

The 2019 online submission process will open December 1, 2018, via the ITE Awards website and process.

Papers due: March 1, 2019, 11:59 p.m. Eastern

Note: The turnaround time for requested HSIS data, www.hsisinfo.org/datarequest.cfm, is normally less than two weeks; however, time needed to conduct analysis of this data varies per project. Please be sure to plan accordingly and in advance of the paper submission deadline.

 

Award prizes

  1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
Cash Prize Winning authors will receive cash prize (1st place: $1000; 2nd place: $500; 3rd place: $250 USD). $1,000 $500 $250
Recognition at the ITE 2019 Annual Meeting and Exhibit (July 21-24, 2019, Austin, TX) All authors will be acknowledged and receive a plaque. X X X
Registration for the 2019 ITE Annual Meeting and Exhibit will be provided to the lead author only. X X X
Lodging (2 nights) will be provided for the lead author to attend the 2019 ITE Annual Meeting and Exhibit. X X  
Roundtrip, domestic airfare will be provided for the lead author only to attend the 2019 ITE Annual Meeting and Exhibit. X    
Paper will be published in the ITE Journal and/or on the HSIS website. X    

 

All prizes – including travel reimbursements – are subject to FHWA rules, regulations and approval at time of award.

 

Past winners


(From left) First place recipients Justin Cyr, Megat-Usamah Megat-Johari; Second place recipients Snehanshu Banerjee, Nashid K. Khadem; Dr. Carol Tan, Office of Safety and Research Development with third place recipients Chennan Xue and Dan Xu.

2018

2018 HSIS Excellence in Highway Safety Data Competition Awarded to Two Iowa State University Students

Awards program encourages students to prepare for a career in highway safety by using high quality data and prioritizing safety in research

MINNEAPOLIS — Two Iowa State University students take the top prize for the 2018 HSIS Excellence in Highway Safety Data Award competition. Megat-Usamah Megat-Johari and co-author Justin Cyr creatively used Highway Safety Information System (HSIS) data to develop the winning paper, "Transferability of Safety Performance Functions (SPFs) Across Jurisdictions: A Comparison of Interstate SPFs between Minnesota, Ohio, and Washington Using HSIS Data," and will be recognized at the Joint ITE International and Midwestern/Great Lakes Districts (MWITE/GLITE) Annual Meeting and Exhibit in Minneapolis, Minn., on August 21.

The competition's second-place recipients are Snehanshu Banerjee and Nashid K. Khadem, both from Morgan State University, for the paper "Factors Influencing Injury Severity in Alcohol-Related Crashes: A Neural Network Approach Using HSIS Crash Data." The third-place recipients are Chennan Xue and Dan Xu, Auburn University, for the paper "Factors Influencing Crash Severity at Rural Horizontal Curves in Maine."

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(From left) Dr. Carol Tan, Office of Safety and Research Development, and 2018 HSIS Award Recipients: Jin Wang, Majbah Uddin, Fahim Ahmed, Jason Anderson, and Shangjia Dong.

2017: Jason Anderson and Shangjia Dong

Two Oregon State University Students Receive 2018 HSIS Excellence in Highway Safety Data Award

WASHINGTON, D.C.   Two Oregon State University students innovatively used Highway Safety Information System (HSIS) data to develop the paper that took the top prize in the 2017 HSIS Excellence in Highway Safety Data Award paper competition. Jason Anderson and co-author Shangjia Dong submitted the winning paper, "Heavy Vehicle Driver Injury Severity Analysis by Time of Week: A Mixed Logit Approach Using HSIS Crash Data," and were recognized at the Joint Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)/Canadian ITE 2017 Annual Meeting and Exhibit in Toronto, Canada, on July 31.

The competition's second-place recipients are Majbah Uddin and Fahim Ahmed, both from the University of South Carolina, for the paper "Analysis of Pedestrian Injury Severity in Motor Vehicle Crashes in Ohio." The third-place recipient is Jin Wang, Auburn University, for the paper "Evaluating the Effects of Intersection Balance on Wrong-way Movements at Partial Cloverleaf Interchanges Terminals to Improve Highway Safety."

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2016: Mahdi Pour-Rouholamin, Ph.D

Auburn University Ph.D. Student Wins First Highway Safety Data Research Paper Competition

(August 15, 2016) ANAHEIM, Calif. – Mahdi Pour-Rouholamin, Ph.D., is the first place winner of the inaugural Highway Safety Information System (HSIS) Research Paper Competition for his paper "Analyzing the Severity of Motorcycle Crashes in North Carolina using HSIS Data." He accepted his award today at the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) 2016 Annual Meeting and Exhibit in Anaheim, Calif.

The HSIS Research Paper Competition encourages university students to use HSIS data with the intent of introducing potential future highway safety professionals to quality safety data, the application of appropriate research methods to derive recommendations and the practice of using data to make decisions. The competition is jointly administered by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and ITE.

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View 2016 winning paper (PDF)

 

About HSIS

HSIS is a safety database that contains crash, roadway inventory, and traffic volume data for a select group of States and cities. The participating agencies were selected based on the quality and quantity of data available, and their ability to merge data from various files. FHWA uses the HSIS to support the FHWA safety research program and provides input for program policy decisions.

The FHWA has used HSIS data to analyze a large number of safety problems. These safety problems can range from the more basic "problem identification" issues to identifying the size and extent of a safety problem to modeling efforts that attempt to predict future crashes from roadway characteristics and traffic factors.

The FHWA also provides HSIS data to professionals conducting research under the National Cooperative Highway Research Program, universities, and others studying highway safety. Results from many of the studies have been used to develop new safety policies and establish improved safety practices.

The HSIS Research Paper Competition is jointly administered by FHWA and the Institute of Transportation Engineers.