Student Paper Competition

2023 CARSP Student Paper Competition

The Student Paper Competition – Coming Soon!

The Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals (CARSP) Young Professionals’ Committee is excited to hosting a student paper competition sponsored by Western Ergonomics. Students are invited to submit papers on any road safety topic and must be actively registered in a Canadian university or college. Authors of the top three papers will receive the following monetary awards:

  • $1000 for first place
  • $600 for second place
  • $400 for third place

The three winning authors will also receive complimentary conference registration to the 2023 ITE Canada/CARSP Conference Joint Conference. Authors are required to present their papers in person via a slide deck presentation at the conference to receive the monetary award. In addition to these three winners, two honorable mention prizes will also be awarded. Honorable mentions will receive complimentary registration to the conference and be invited to participate in the Student Poster Competition, which will be judged at the conference. Please see below for important dates:

Date Task
April 1, 2023 Deadline – Full Papers & Poster Abstracts due. Submitted to your speaker portal.
May 1, 2023 Winners of the top 3 Student Papers, Vehicle Safety Enhancement Award, and honorary mentions are released. Reviewer comments are provided to authors. Accepted posters are announced.
Three weeks for students to revise papers (if needed- based on reviewer feedback), create a slide deck for oral presentation, and/or create a poster (if invited or accepted).
May 19, 2023 Final slide deck presentation and poster must be submitted.
June 4-7, 2023 2023 ITE Canada/CARSP Joint Conference, poster judging, and awards ceremony.

Papers should be written and formatted according to 2023 Conference requirements, which can be found below. This year only English entries will be accepted. Authors should indicate whether their paper falls within the Policy and Practice Stream or the Research and Evaluation Stream. Note that students that have already submitted their papers in response to the general Conference call for papers are still eligible for this competition but will need to submit their papers again using the link provided. Details on past CARSP Conference student paper competitions, including the range of topics that have been chosen as previous winners, can be found here.

Online Submission Form Coming Soon!

Brought to you by…

Western Ergonomics


CARSP Student Travel Award

This year, Western Ergonomics is sponsoring a Student Travel Award to offer support for travel and accommodations for students attending the ITE Canada/CARSP 2023 Joint Conference. Our sponsor is providing travel awards valued at $250-$400 to assist with in person attendance.

Click here to find out more.


If you have any questions, please contact Vikas Ravada at


Abstract Requirements

The abstract requirements depend on the stream you choose.  The sections required for each stream are listed below.  Furthermore, abstract length, for either stream, should be no more than 500 words total.

Research and Evaluation Abstracts/Papers

  • Background – Why was undertaking this research important; what led to the research being conducted?
  • Aims – What were you trying to achieve (i.e., rationale, objectives) or what were the proposed outcomes?
  • Methods – How was the research undertaken; what was the process/steps?
  • Results – What were your findings?
  • Discussion and conclusions – What did you learn from the research; were there any limitations or challenges; what are the implications for road safety; what is next for the project/organization?

Policy and Practice Abstracts/Papers

  • Context – What was the problem/issue you were addressing? What evidence supports the development of this program or policy?
  • Objectives – What were you trying to achieve (i.e., rationale, objectives); what were the proposed outputs (i.e., key deliverables, target group reached).
  • Target Group – Who is the program directed at?
  • Activity(ies) – Provide a description of the program’s activity(ies), including the nature of the activity(ies) (e.g., legislation, education, enforcement, etc.) and how they were developed and delivered?
  • Deliverables
    • What outputs came from this work?
    • How will this information be applied?
    • What lessons were learned?


Abstracts are welcome on any aspect of road safety, including, but not limited to, the topics listed below as well as the conference theme. Please note that the sub-topics are merely examples.

Vehicles and Vehicle Systems

  • Collision avoidance
  • Collision protection
  • Commercial vehicle safety
  • Off-road vehicle safety
  • Crash investigation and reconstruction
  • Automated and Connected Vehicles

Traffic Engineering/Road Design

  • Impact of road design
  • Traffic operations and traffic control devices
  • Intelligent transportation systems
  • Speed limit setting/monitoring

Injury Prevention

  • Epidemiology of crashes/injuries
  • Occupant protection
  • Biomechanics of injury crashes
  • Automotive medicine

Enforcement/Legal Issues

  • Enforcement strategies
  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Legal aspects of crashes

Safety Initiatives

  • Safety promotion programs
  • Community and partnership engagement
  • Integrated road safety strategies

Policy and Program Development

  • Societal costs of crashes
  • Application of policies and programs
  • Application of legislation/regulations

Road Users/Behavioural Issues

  • Epidemiology of crashes or injuries
  • Specific road users approaches/research (e.g. pedestrian, cyclist, motorcyclist)
  • Human factors and traffic psychology

Resources for Writing Papers and Developing Slide Deck Presentations