Official ASME Group

Rail Transportation Division

Rail Transportation Division (RTD) promotes mechanical engineering applications to railroading and rail rapid transit as well as conventional intercity freight and passenger railroading.

JRC Scholarship

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Rail Transportation Division (RTD) continues to be a strong supporter of collegiate researchers, both professors and students, who play a vital role in the advancement of the rail industry. To this end, the ASME RTD offers the ASME RTD Graduate and Undergraduate Student Scholarships, which give students the opportunity to network with rail professionals, present rail research publications, and exchange ideas on rail technological innovations and solutions at the ASME Joint Rail Conference (JRC). Most importantly, the scholarships increase the awareness of the rail engineering discipline from both an academic and professional perspective.

Since 2011, the ASME RTD has received 107 graduate and undergraduate applications. Of the 107 applications received, 93 scholarships totaling $97,550.00 have been awarded to deserving students with an interest in rail.

ASME RTD Graduate Student Conference Scholarship   

 V. Terrey Hawthorne Memorial Scholarship Fund

Purpose: Fund travel, lodging, and conference registration expenses for scholarship awardees selected to attend and present their research publication at the ASME Joint Rail Conference.

Award Amount: $1,100.00 USD

Application Deadline: December 12, 2016

Scholarship Application Form

Requirements:

  • The student must be enrolled full-time and attending a U.S. college or university.
  • The student must submit an abstract(s) and technical paper(s) for the ASME Joint Rail Conference and have them accepted through the publication process. Note:  If you are an undergraduate student who has submitted an ASME technical paper for the conference, you are not required to submit an essay, but you are required to submit the undergraduate application to be considered for the undergraduate scholarship.
  • The paper topic(s) must be relevant to the rail industry.
  • The student must be indicated as the lead author of the accepted paper(s).
  • The student must complete and return the ASME RTD Graduate Student Scholarship application to rtdscholar@gmail.com by the deadline specified.
  • The student must receive written notification from the ASME RTD Scholarship Committee indicating award of the scholarship.
  • The student must deliver an oral presentation of the paper(s) in person at the conference.

In order to be issued the scholarship, the student must be registered for the full conference as a student and must provide a completed Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification Form (W-9) in PDF format for his/her college/university. The completion of the form is required for tax purposes and will need to be returned to the Scholarship Program Chair by the deadline specified. Note: W-9 Forms are not requested until after the scholarships have been awarded and should indicate college/university tax information not the applicant's tax information. In addition, only one W-9 Form should be submitted per college/university.

ASME RTD Undergraduate Student Conference Scholarship  

Swamidas K. Charan (John) Punwani Memorial Undergraduate Student Scholarship Fund

Purpose: Fund travel, lodging, and conference registration expenses for scholarship awardees selected to attend the ASME Joint Rail Conference.

Award Amount: $850.00 USD

Application Deadline: January 11, 2017

Scholarship Application Form

Requirements:

  • The student must be enrolled full-time and attending a U.S. college or university.
  • The student must be enrolled in an undergraduate engineering program at their university, college, or technical college.
  • The student must be of Junior or Senior status.
  • The student must submit a minimum 250-word essay outlining why they should be selected to attend the conference and what they hope to gain through attendance (or what the student could contribute to the rail industry). Or, alternatively, a minimum 250-word essay can be submitted that suggests a solution to a real-world rail industry problem. Note:  If you are an undergraduate student who has submitted an ASME technical paper for the conference, you are not required to submit an essay, but you are required to submit the undergraduate application to be considered for the undergraduate scholarship. If your technical paper is accepted and you are awarded the scholarship, the award will be in the amount of $850.00 USD.
  • The student must complete and return the ASME RTD Undergraduate Student Scholarship application and essay to rtdscholar@gmail.com by the deadline specified.
  • The student must receive written notification from the ASME RTD Scholarship Committee indicating award of the scholarship.
  • In order to be issued the scholarship, the student must be registered for the full conference as a student and must provide a completed Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification Form (W-9) in PDF format for his/her college/university. The completion of the form is required for tax purposes and will need to be returned to the Scholarship Program Chair by the deadline specified. Note: W-9 Forms are not requested until after the scholarships have been awarded and should indicate college/university tax information not the applicant's tax information. In addition, only one W-9 Form should be submitted per college/university.

In addition to the $850.00 USD undergraduate scholarship award for reimbursement of travel-related expenses to attend the conference, one undergraduate student will be selected to receive an additional award for “Best Essay” based on the quality of his or her essay. Details of the award will be provided during the conference banquet where the award will be presented. 

Please note that additional scholarship details and requirements may apply.

If you, or anyone you may know, has an interest in the ASME RTD Graduate and/or Undergraduate Student Scholarship, or has questions regarding the V. Terrey Hawthorne Memorial Scholarship Fund, please contact Ms. Monique F. Stewart, ASME RTD Scholarship Program Chair, at rtdscholar@gmail.com.

For inquiries regarding scholarship disbursements, please contact ASME Staff Support, Mary D. Jakubowski at jakubowskim@asme.org.