The 13th Annual Outstanding Student of the Year Awards ceremony took place on January 10, 2004, during the Transportation Research Board (TRB) 83nd Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. For the past 12 years, DOT has honored the most outstanding student from each participating University Transportation Center for her/his achievements and promise for future contributions to the transportation field. Students of the Year are selected based on their accomplishments in such areas as technical merit and research, academic performance, professionalism, and leadership. Each student received a certificate presented by RSPA Deputy Administrator Samuel G. Bonasso and FHWA Deputy Administrator J. Richard Capka, and $1,000 from the student's UTC. Traditionally, all awardees have been affiliated with the UTC program administered by RSPA, with funding from the FHWA and Federal Transit Administration (FTA). For the sixth time, the Department also honored an awardee from the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Centers of Excellence Program.