The George Krambles Transportation Scholarship Awards 2014

The annual Krambles awards competition was established to honor the accomplishments of a legendary Chicago public transit leader.  The competition is open to any Ph.D. or second-year Master’s degree candidate student within the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, College of Engineering or College of Business Administration who is studying transportation, or a UTC Graduate Research Assistant working during the Fall 2014 semester.  All submissions must be related to some aspect of public transit, such as: Planning, policy, operations and management.  All participants must demonstrate that he or she plans to pursue a career in the transportation industry.

Managed by:  The Urban Transportation Center at UIC.

How to Participate
There are two stages for participation.


  • Application:  Click here to download and complete the Krambles Scholarship Application. NOTE: After you download the pdf application, save the document under a different name (e.g. "JSmith_George Krambles Application2104). Please complete the application online in the fields provided. All fields have character limits, so please remember to be brief and save your work!

  • Abstract: Present a one-page abstract (250 words) that addresses: The problem, literature review, research methods, an analysis of data and the proposed results or solution.

  • Review: Review the abstract with UTC Faculty Researchers, who will provide guidance and direction.

Stage Two (June 23 to September 30, 2014)

  • Letter: Draft a letter of interest detailing why the candidate plans to pursue a career in transportation.

  • Resume/CV: Submit a resume or CV, including Grade Point Average.  Applicants must be in good academic standing.

  • Paper: Submit the research paper. Remember, it must be related to an aspect of public transportation.  The paper must be no longer than 15 pages, exclusive of title page, notes and bibliography. The paper should be of publishable quality, and must be independent, original work that has not been published elsewhere.  Papers written for academic class assignments are not eligible, and only sole-authored papers are acceptable.

Judging Criteria:  All submissions will be judged on these three criteria:  a) How effectively the topic relates to public transportation; b) The originality of the subject matter; c) The academic standing of the student.

Submission Timeline:  Students planning to participate in the 2014 Krambles Awards must adhere to these deadlines:

  • Present Application and Abstract:  Through June 20, 2014

  • Submit the letter, resume/CV and research paper by September 30, 2014.

How to Enter: Candidates must submit all required materials in print format to Paul Metaxatos, Urban Transportation Center, Suite 340 CUPPA Hall (m/c 357), 412 S. Peoria  St., Chicago, IL 60607, or electronically at  Questions should be directed to Paul Metaxatos at (312) 996-4713.

Scholarship Awards:  Scholarship awards will be given based on the recommendations of the awards judging committee.

Announcement of Winners: Scholarship winners for 2014 will be announced at the UTC reception January 13, 2015, held in conjunction with the Transportation Research Board 2015 Annual Meeting in Washington.

UTC Working Paper Series:  Winning papers and other selected papers will be considered for publication on the UTC web site in a future Working Paper Series.


UTC Student Researchers Showcase Projects at UPP Reception May 8

Four UTC graduate student researchers were among the dozen graduating Master's degree students who showcased final projects May 8 at a reception held in the UIC Student Center East by the CUPPA Department of Urban Planning and Policy.


Here's a breakdown of researchers and projects presented:

1. Alexandra McNally, MUPP. Economic Benefits of Truck to Rail.

2. Martin Menninger, MUPP, A Chicago Truck "Scorecard ."

3. Jennifer Kane, MUPP, Private Profit and Public Benefit in the Revitalization of the Washington, D.C, Union Station."

4. Jane Wilberding, MUPP, Parking and Transportation Management Strategies at UIC."


Congratulations to all UTC student researchers who earned graduate degrees during the commencement ceremony held May 9 at the UIC Forum.



Shown above: Edward Bury, UTC Cordinator of Public Information, Executive Director Steve Schlickman, Martin Menninger, MUPP, Jane Wilberding, MUPP and Alexandra McNally, MUPP.


Student Researcher Takanori Sakai on PresentationTeam at February Symposium

UTC student researcher Takanori Sakai, who is working toward his Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Policy, was part of a three-person team that delivered a presentation February 26 at the University of Southern Mississippi.


The presentation, "Findings from Tokyo Metropolitan Freight Survey: Reality of Goods Movement and Its Implications," was delivered at the Logistics, Trade and Transportation Symposium at the University's Gulfport campus.


Other presenters were Dr. Kazuyak Kawamura and Tetsuro Hyodo.


Please click here to download a PDF copy of the presentation.


The two-day symposium was also sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE).


Krambles Scholarship 2013

The Urban Transportation Center is pleased to announce the winners of 2013 The George Krambles Transportation Scholarship Awards. These three student researchers were awarded cash scholarship awards.


1. Kyle Bardo, MUPP, for his paper: "Relationship Building with Freight Railroads Critical to Support Intercity Passenger Rail Development."


2. Jennifer Kane, UTC Graduate Research Assistant, for her paper: "Project History and Financial Analysis: Dulles Corridore Metro Rail Project."


3. Martin Menninger, Graduate Research Assistant, for his paper: "Analysis of Ridership Projections for the CTA Red Line South Extension."


The annual Krambles awards competition is open to any Ph.D or Master’s degree candidate student within the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs who is studying transportation, or a Graduate Research Assistant at the Urban Transportation Center during the Fall 2013 semester.  All participants must demonstrate that he or she plans to pursue a career in the transportation industry


Congratulations to these student researchers for their outstanding contributions to the industry and the Urban Transportation Center.



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