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Applicants Sought for Second PRC-U.S. Earthquake Engineering Forum for Young Researchers

Awards include all travel, expenses while in China; ICEER2012 registration and a technical tour of Beijing

Applications are being sought from graduate students, post-doctoral researchers and junior faculty members in the field of earthquake engineering in the United States who are interested in establishing cooperative research activities with their counterparts in China.

The award will provide funding to attend the Second PRC-U.S. Earthquake Engineering Forum for Young Researchers (May 21-22, 2012) and the International Conference on Earthquake Engineering Research (ICEER 2012): Challenges in the 21st Century (May 18-21, 2012), as well as a technical tour of Beijing (May 22-24, 2012). Round trip excursion airfare between the U.S. hometown and Harbin, China, conference registration, and all accommodations, meals and local transportation while in China are included in the award.

The purpose is to expose young American faculty members and academic researchers in earthquake engineering to a brief technical and cultural experience in China, and to pair them with potential “professional partners” to follow up with continued communications and research collaborations. Some partnerships formed during the First PRC-US Earthquake Engineering Forum for Young Researchers, held in 2006, have continued to flourish. Applicants must be either U.S. citizens or permanent residents to participate.

Participants will make a 30 minute presentation about their current research activities at the Second PRC-U.S. Earthquake Engineering Forum for Young Researchers, and will attend ICEER2012. The awardees will be required to submit a trip report by the end of May 2012, and a follow-up annual report on cooperative research activities for two years. Proceedings of the forum will be published as part of MCEER’s technical report series. More detailed instructions will be provided to those selected to participate.

To apply, submit the completed application form, a statement describing your interest in establishing cooperative research activities with a counterpart in China (included in the application form), resume, and letter of recommendation (from a research adviser for students, or from a senior faculty member in earthquake engineering for junior faculty members) by February 1, 2012.

Please pay particular attention to the statement describing your research interests, to facilitate the selection of an appropriate counterpart in China. Approximately 10-15 awards will be made. Liu Huixin Scholarship awardees are encouraged to apply.

The Second PRC-U.S. Earthquake Engineering Forum for Young Researchers is co-organized by the Institute of Engineering Mechanics (IEM), China Earthquake Administration (CEA), and MCEER. It is jointly sponsored by IEM, the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Huixin Earthquake Engineering Foundation, and the U.S.-China Earthquake Engineering Foundation.


May 17, 2012:
May 18, 2012:
May 19-20, 2012:
May 21-22, 2012:
May 22, 2012:
May 23-24, 2012:
May 24, 2012:

Depart for Beijing from home in U.S.
Arrive in Harbin (change flight in Beijing)
ICEER2012 Conference
Research Forum
Depart for Beijing
Technical tour in Beijing
Depart for U.S.

Important Dates

  1. Application Form
  2. Resume
  3. Letter of Recommendation


Application Materials/General Questions:
Joy James

Technical Program Questions:
George Lee

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