Annual Hazards and Disasters Student Paper Competition

The Natural Hazards Center created the Annual Hazards and Disasters Student Paper Competition for undergraduate and graduate students in 2004 as a way to recognize the interdisciplinary nature of hazards and disaster research.

Papers will be judged on originality, organization, and knowledge of the topic. One undergraduate and one graduate winner each will receive $100, a mention in the Natural Hazards Observer; publication on the Natural Hazards Center Web site, and an invitation to the Annual Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop in Boulder, Colorado, including registration fees.


The undergraduate and graduate winners* each will receive:

  • A $100 award
  • Publication on the Natural Hazards Center Web site
  • Invitation and free admission to this year's Annual Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop
  • Mention in the Natural Hazards Center publications and news outlets

*In the case of co-authors, the monetary award will be divided equally. Winners must sign an agreement allowing the Natural Hazards Center to publish and promote the work before claiming the award.

Call For Papers

Papers can present current research, literature reviews, theoretical arguments, or case studies. Eligible topics include floods and floodplain management, hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, climate change, warning systems, hazard mitigation, emergency management, vulnerability, risk communication, and other topics related to the social and behavioral aspects of hazards and disasters.

Submissions and Deadline

The 2017 submission period is now open!

Students should submit their paper online using the submission form by May 1, 2017. Mailed or faxed submissions will not be accepted.

Eligibility and Criteria

  • Author(s) must be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student for at least one term in the 2016-2017 academic year
  • Papers must be authored by one or more students and cannot be co-authored by faculty or colleagues who are not students
  • Papers cannot be under consideration or accepted for publication at the time of submission Papers presented or submitted for presentation at professional meetings are allowable
  • Papers must be edited, double-spaced, and less than 25 pages, including notes, references, and tables. Papers over 25 pages will be disqualified
  • Submissions should be submitted in a DOC, DOCX, or PDF format using 12-point Arial font. Winning submissions will be edited for Natural Hazards Center style and length before publication


Papers will be judged primarily for originality and content. Well-organized and logical theses or arguments that are engaging and demonstrate author knowledge and ability to integrate a broad scope of resources will be favored.

Academic Integrity

Submissions must adhere to the University of Colorado Honor Code. Students are encouraged to use in-text citations, footnotes, or endnotes to reference information sources.

Submissions will be reviewed and winners notified by May 20.