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University of Arkansas American Society of Civil Engineers

The University of Arkansas American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) student chapter provides students the opportunity for students to interact with other students, university faculty, and with civil engineering professionals. They do this through monthly meetings with professional presentations, faculty interactions with competition projects, and fall and spring cookouts. The chapter does service projects both on and off campus by coordinating food drives, collecting clothes for those less fortunate, and planting trees at the Woolsey Wet Prairie. Each year students are sent to local, state, regional, and national conferences, including the Annual Arkansas ASCE Section workshop, the Workshop for Student Chapter Leaders, and the NWA Day of Training, hosted by the Northwest Arkansas ASCE branch.

The ASCE gives students the chance to apply everything they have learned in the classroom to real-life situations through competition. They do this by building things such as a 21 foot long steel bridge capable of holding 3,000 pounds or concrete canoe. Each item that the students create is carefully graded with the difference between first place and second place sometimes coming down to a few grams. Many competitions also have writing prompts in addition to the construction element. They must present these papers in front of the judges and their peers, further developing their public speaking skills.

These conferences and competitions help the students build their skills and create contacts in the concrete world. They get to interact with students and teachers from other schools. They make connections with possible future employers. They get to practice their skills and learn from their mistakes. The University of Arkansas American Society of Civil Engineers student Chapter would like your support, so that current and future students can experience the same opportunities as those before them.

How to support the University of Arkansas ASCE?

Donate food, drinks, materials, or tools: 
Colton Horn, Chapter President,

Be a speaker at a meeting or a judge at a conference:
Allyson Richey, Conference Chaiman,
Caleb Lebow, Senior Representative,

Donate via cash or check, please specify that the donation is for the ASCE Foundation account and mail the donation to:

University of Arkansas Fayetteville
Attn: Dept. of Civil Engineering
4190 Bell Engineering Center
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Donate via credit or debit card:
Designate other department, program, fund
Specify American Society of Civil Engineers (must be entered as shown)

U of A Student Chapter goes to the 2015 National Spring Convention

The University of Arkansas student chapter was once again named an Excellent University Chapter at the 2015 Spring Convention of ACI.  They also donated concrete artwork to the Women in ACI silent action that raises funds for young professionals to attend the convention.

Work was completed on two bowling balls made for local Arkansas companies bid on through a silent auction at the ARMCA spring convention.  The students also had numerous handmade items on display at the convention.  The Students appreciate all of the support that the concrete community gives them to attend the ACI conventions.

U of A Photo Update

March 13-15, 2014

Attended ARMCA convention in Hot Springs,
spoke & raised money selling coasters & t-shirts.

 March 22-24, 2014

Attended ACI convention in Reno, NV
& competed in bowling ball competition.

July 8, 2014

Helped with a summer girls camp.
Gave them an exposure to concrete.

September 11-12, 2014

Gave student chapter update at
ARMCA mid-year meeting in Tunica.

September 11-12, 2014

Delivered stained concrete
bowing ball to Mallard Read Mix.

 Will attend the Fall ACI convention in Washington D.C.
Made concrete leaves to raise money for young
professionals to attend the ACI convention.

Summer Update

2The University of Arkansas Student Chapter of the American Concrete Institute recently participated in a workshop to give 8th grade girls from Northwest Arkansas a hands on experience with concrete. The girls were participating in a week long engineering camp at the University during which they participated in various hands-on projects within each of the engineering departments. Under the guidance of Civil Engineering Department Head Kevin Hall, the girls made concrete frisbees & then competed to see who could throw their frisbee farthest without the frisbee breaking.

4The student chapter volunteered to help the girls construct the frisbees along with answering questions about concrete. While at the laboratory the girls were also told about the various projects that Civil Engineering students are able to participate in such as the Concrete Canoe, concrete bowling ball, & pervious concrete competitions.

The girls also learned about the cement, sand, rock & water that make up a concrete mix. Student chapter president Matthew Watters was on hand to help the girls & answer questions about making concrete. “It’s nice to be able to participate in programs that show younger students that concrete can be fun,” stated Watters.