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The Paul Thomas Pi Alpha Xi Photo Contest (Open to All)

Sponsored by Pi Alpha Xi, National Honor Society for Horticulture
Contest Submissions begin March 16, 2020 until June 30, 2020
Note: Entries are taken on-line only

PURPOSE: Pi Alpha Xi (PAX) established a photography contest in 1996 to be held annually in conjunction with the Annual Conference of the American Society for Horticultural Science. The purpose of the contest is to promote PAX to ASHS membership, to support PAX's scholarship program, and to encourage horticulture-related photography. Contestants need not be members of PAX to participate. This year's competition is in memory of Dr. Paul Thomas, PAX Fellow, and long-time supporter of the Photo Contest. Entries will be taken between March 16, 2020 and June 30, 2020 with judging to be complete prior to the 2020 ASHS Annual Conference. All horticulture-related subjects and commodities are welcome, including fruits, vegetables, flowers, all plant habits, landscapes, production situations, and traditional horticultural settings.

DEADLINE: Entries must be submitted online between March 16, 2020 and June 30, 2020.

Payment of entry fee is required before uploading any submission. Final fee payment date is June 30, 2020 at 12 noon Eastern. This allows us time to create your account and email the upload instructions.

Follow this link for detailed rules: The Paul Thomas Pi Alpha Xi Photo Contest


Early Career Competition

The Early Career Competition has been developed for new faculty and professionals to communicate the impact of their extension, research, teaching, and other scholarly activities. The purpose of this competition is to provide a platform for new scholars to advance their work and reputation in addition to helping facilitate peer-reviewed extension, teaching, and/or research from a wide range of horticultural professionals.

This opportunity is available to postdocs, early career faculty (tenure-track assistant professors, non-tenure track faculty within the first 5 years of service at their current position), and industry and governmental professionals (within the first 5 years of service at their current position).

Each participant will be required to submit an expanded 1000-word abstract detailing and explaining their entire program and how their research, teaching, extension and/or scholarly activities interact.   This is separate from abstracts submitted to the ASHS conference for poster or oral presentation. The participant also needs to provide a biographical summary not to exceed 100 words.

The top four applications will be selected and scheduled for presentations during a 2-hour block at the ASHS Annual Conference.  Each applicant will have 20 minutes to present their program. The applications will be judged by the Member at Large and a volunteer committee based on the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be a member of ASHS
  • Applicant must register, pay the registration fee and attend the conference.
  • Scholarly Content: Professional work is original, relevant and presented clearly.
  • Writing Style: Writing is concise, informative, effectively conveys knowledge, and provides relevant conclusions. The story about the applicant’s impact is clear.
  • Importance to Horticulture: The value and contribution to the horticultural science profession is substantiated.

The competition is scheduled on Tuesday, August 11, 2020.

The first place presenter will be announced during the ASHS annual business meeting and receive a publication fee waiver for the ASHS journal that best fits the audience for their work. This should be a full paper and will be subject to peer review. Their paper must be submitted for publication within one calendar year of the competition in which they won (i.e. the 2019 winner must submit their paper prior to the start of the 2020 Annual Conference).

Application deadline is April 1, 2020. EXTENDED: May 1, 2020.  Submit your application here.

For questions, please contact Negar Mahdavian at nmahdavian@ashs.org, 703-836-4606 ext 107.


Scholars Ignite (Three Minute Talk/Lightening Talks) Competition


ASHS will host the annual competition called "Scholars Ignite” for graduate students to share their discoveries and creations to a diverse, non-specialist audience. The Graduate Student Activities Committee hosts the competition to allow graduate students (both MS and PhD) a fun and exciting way to communicate the impact of their research projects and scholarly activities.  This competition will take place on Monday, August 10, 2020, at 11 a.m. (the exact time period will be determined once all submissions have been received).

Graduate students make compelling presentations in three minutes using no more than one single PowerPoint slide or visual aid. The purpose of the presentation is to generate awareness, stimulate thought, and inspire attendees to appreciate the breadth and depth of horticultural research and scholarly activities. Graduate students will meet other students and scientists, learn about an array of research topics and other creative and scholarly activities across ASHS, and most importantly have fun!

To hear an excellent example of a Scholars Ignite presentation, Click Here.


The competition is designed similar to other popular three to five minute thesis and research presentation events (e.g. Three minute thesis, ‘Ignite’ or Scholars’ Studio) occurring around the globe, and done especially well in Australia, British Columbia, and the University of Washington.

The goal of this event is to stir up interest and attention amongst the society’s membership around graduate student learning, research, discovery, and creativity. Moreover, the event fosters an opportunity for ASHS members to obtain "stories” to share via "YouTube” and for the web, and to brag about its graduate student membership and their accomplishments. 

Winners will receive a cash award of $500, $250, and $100 for the top three places, respectively.

The winners are announced at the Student Awards Night and at the ASHS Presidential Address and Annual Business Meeting, during the conference.

Students must submit their slide by the deadline of July 1st. There will be no extension to this deadline.  

Applicants can use only one Introductory Slide and one Presentation Slide (using a template provided) for a total of 2 slides. The Introductory Slide must follow the format of the template and include Title of Presentation (Calibri 44), Student’s Name (Calibri 32 bold), Advisor(s) Name (Calibri 28) and Institution’s Name (Calibri 28). The Presentation Slide must be one single page without any animation. Students may use any color, background or font for their Presentation Slide but not for the Introductory Slide. Slides need to be in the 16:9 format. 
Both slides must be presented in 3 minutes. Once the student reaches the podium the timer will start and after 3 minutes we will move to the next student.

Click here for Scholars Ignite Template.

Submit application - Site to open in January 2020.

For questions, please contact Negar Mahdavian at 
nmahdavian@ashs.org, 703-836-4606 ext 107.

 

Judging Guidelines Scholar Ignite Competition

 

A pool of judges will evaluate the student's enthusiasm for their study and their competence in the subject area.

The judging criteria will be as follows:

 

Communication style (5 pts)

Comprehension (5 pts)

Inspiration, Engagement, Outreach (5 pts)

Impact (5 pts)

Slide content (5 points)

 

Total score up to 25 points

 

The winners are announced at the Students Award Night and at the ASHS Presidential Address and Annual Business Meeting, during the conference.

 

Graduate Student Poster Competition


Graduate students presenting posters at the conference are eligible to participate in the Graduate Student Poster Competition. Students gain experience in concisely presenting their results to interested faculty judges. 

You must enter the competition at the time of your abstract submission and present your poster twice – once during your regularly scheduled presentation time, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday and once during the competition time, Tuesday, August 11, 2020, 4:30 - 6 p.m. 

The competition is divided between MS and PhD students.  This is a change from previous years.

 

  • MS Students will present their poster to a minimum of 2 judges from 4:30 to 5:15 pm. 
  • Ph.D. Students will present their poster to a minimum of 2 judges from 5:15 to 6:00 pm.

 

Only one poster submission can be entered in the competition by an author. If multiple abstracts are submitted into the competition, the first submission will be the poster that is scheduled into the competition.

All abstract and registration fees must be paid by the appropriate deadlines or your abstract will be removed from the program and the competition. Please note that if you do not present your poster during the regularly scheduled program, your abstract will not be published in the on-line supplement of HortScience.

Competition winners in each graduate level program (MS and PhD) will each receive monetary prizes ($300 first; $200 second; $100 third) and the winners names and abstracts will be posted to the ASHS web site and highlighted in the ASHS Newsletter.

 

The winners are announced at the Student Awards Night and at the ASHS Presidential Address and Annual Business Meeting, during the conference.

 

Guidelines for Graduate Student Poster Competition

 

NEW THIS YEAR: All participants, in addition to bringing a physical poster to the Conference, must create and and upload an E-Poster to the Speaker Center by July 27th. Instructions and a link will be sent after posters are accepted for presentation.

 

Please be aware that at least 2 judges will arrive at your poster sometime during the competition hours. Please remain close to your poster so that you can begin your poster presentation quickly after the committee arrives.

If you are not at your poster, the judges will skip your poster and it will not be judged. There are no exceptions.

Reminder! The poster competition is separate and in addition to the scheduled poster session based on research area or commodity group. 

Abstracts will be judged prior to the convention and these points will be carried through and added to the scores from the judging that takes place during the conference.

A poster should stand on its own merit, but the judges will also be visiting with each student to evaluate the student's enthusiasm for their study and their competence in the subject area.

There may be more than one set of judges, so don’t worry if a group of judges passes by your poster during the competition period.

Once the judges arrive at your poster, you should be prepared to discuss the overall focus of the study, novel methods, results and conclusions. Please allow time for questions from the judges.

Students will be given a total of six minutes to present their poster. We suggest you give a four or five minute presentation and allow one to two minutes for questions. After six minutes, the judges will move to the next poster. 

Only one poster may be submitted to the competition per presenter.

The winners are announced at the Student Awards Night and 
at the ASHS Presidential Address and Annual Business Meeting, during the conference.

 

Judging Criteria for Graduate Student Poster Competition

 

Abstracts will be judged prior to the convention and these points will be carried through and added to the scores from the judging that takes place during the conference.

A poster should stand on its own merit, but the judges will also be visiting with each student to evaluate the student's enthusiasm for their study and their competence in the subject area.

The judging criteria will be as follows:

Abstract (points awarded prior to the conference)

• Originality/Merit - 15 points
• Quality of writing - 10 points

Poster and presentation (points awarded during judging at the conference)

• Appearance - 20 points
• Organization - 20 points
• Knowledge/Presentation - 35 points

 

Student Awards Night

 

The first ASHS Student Awards Night will take place on Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 6 - 8 p.m. and will be the premiere event of the conference to showcase student accomplishments to the ASHS community. This event will recognize the winners and runner-ups for all student competitions taking place during the conference.

 

Graduate students:

Scholar Ignite competition winners will receive a cash award of $500, $250, and $100 for the top three places, respectively (the actually check will be mailed later)

Poster Competition winners in each graduate level program (MS and PhD) will each receive monetary prizes ($300 first; $200 second; $100 third) (the actually check will be mailed later)

Each award recipient is given the opportunity to take pictures and time to be recognized and congratulated in front of the conference attendees.

 

Undergraduate Students will also receive their awards at this time. Details to follow.

 

Controlled Environment Oral Competition for Graduate and Undergraduate Students

The ASHS Growth Chambers and Controlled Environments Professional Group is providing a cash award and a certificate for the three best student oral presentations related to controlled environment research. 


If your research takes place in a greenhouse, growth chamber, high tunnel or other type of protected environment, we invite you to be a part of this competition! The competition will take place at the American Society for Horticultural Science Annual Conference, August 9-13, 2020 in Orlando, Florida.  

The winning presentations must, to the extent possible, demonstrate the use of environmental reporting guidelines as defined in "Guidelines for Measuring and Reporting Environmental Parameters for Plant Experiments in Controlled Environments”. Abstracts must clearly refer to the controlled environment used. Additional criteria include quality of the abstract, creativity, appropriateness of controlled environment use, and quality of presentation.

To be eligible, you must submit your abstract to the Growth Chambers and Controlled Environments category shown on the ASHS Annual Conference oral abstract submission page, then just click the box saying that you want to be included in the CE oral competition.

 

Floriculture Oral Competition for Graduate and Undergraduate Students 

 

The ASHS Floriculture Working Group (FLOR) is holding an oral presentation competition providing cash awards and certificates for the best student oral presentations related to floriculture. This year’s awards are sponsored by the DC Kiplinger Floriculture Endowment at the Ohio State University.


If you research floriculture crops, from propagation to postharvest, we invite you to join the competition and share your work. It must be clear in your abstract that your research focuses on floriculture crops. Judging criteria will include the quality and creativity of the abstract, research, and presentation.

To be eligible, you must submit your abstract to the Floriculture category shown on the ASHS Annual Conference oral abstract submission page and click the box saying that you want to be included in the FLOR oral competition.

Both graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to participate.

 

Plant Growth Regulation Oral Competition for Graduate and Undergraduate Students 

 

The ASHS Plant Growth Regulation Professional Interest Group (PGR) is holding an oral presentation competition providing cash awards for the best student oral presentations related to plant growth regulation. This year’s awards are sponsored by the former Plant Growth Regulation Society of America.

If you research plant growth regulation, spanning all crops and growth control methods, we invite you to join the competition and share your work. It must be clear in your abstract that your research focuses on plant growth regulation. Judging criteria will include the quality and creativity of the abstract, research, and presentation.

To be eligible, you must submit your abstract to the Plant Growth Regulation category shown on the ASHS Annual Conference oral abstract submission page and click the box saying that you want to be included in the PGR oral competition.

 

Undergraduate Student Competitions:

Plant Identification Contest & Scavenger Hunt

Details to be confirmed.

 

Undergraduate Oral and Poster Competitions

By entering an abstract in the online system and indicating that you are an undergraduate student, you will automatically be included in the appropriate undergraduate competition (i.e. abstracts submitted in the oral online submission site will be included in the undergraduate oral competition and abstracts submitted in the poster online system will be included in the undergraduate poster competition). 

Only the author who presents the paper is eligible for the award. You may only enter one competition-Undergraduate Oral Competition or Undergraduate Poster Competition. A competition winner in each category, Oral and Poster, will receive monetary awards ($300 per winner for each category).

Competition times will be announced in May.

  


 

 

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