The Natural Hazards Center is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Hazards and Disasters Student Paper Competition. The competition was established in 2004 to recognize undergraduate and graduate students who conduct research on interdisciplinary hazards and disaster. The papers submitted this year showcased promising research on topics such as gender, climate change hazard mitigation, pandemic illness, transportation in emergency response, and disaster recovery. Winning papers, however, displayed outstanding originality and data collection and analysis, as well as a well-organized thesis and argument.

Two graduate student winners were chosen:

Hannah Rebecca Zulch, Griffith University: Psychological Preparedness for Natural Disasters—Improving Disaster Management Theory and Practice

Yin-Hsuen Chin, University of Florida: Multi-Scale Vulnerability Assessment of Surge and Wind Hazards In Coastal Communities—Venice Island, Florida

Winners will each receive $100, publication on the Natural Hazards Center website, and an invitation to the 2015 Annual Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop in Broomfield, Colorado.

The 2016 call for papers will be announced early next year. Full text of winning papers and more information can be found on the Natural Hazards Center Website.