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ASAS Southern Section Award Guidelines

ASAS Southern Section Emerging Scholar

I.   Purpose: To highlight exceptional research being conducted within the southern region by Ph.D. candidates and their mentors. To serve as a venue for promising Ph.D. candidates/graduates to present their dissertation research.

II.  Nature of Award: Opportunity to deliver a 30‐minute presentation followed by 15 minutes for questions and discussion in the appropriate discipline session at the ASAS Southern Section annual meeting; the presentation will be highlighted in the program as the “Emerging Scholar Presentation” and the expanded abstract will be published in the proceedings; the successful applicant will receive a $400.00 award and a plaque.

III.  Eligibility:

a.      Applicant must be a current Member of ASAS Southern Section.

b.      Applicant must be a Ph.D. student at the time of submission or must have finished their Ph.D. program during the calendar year prior to the annual meeting.

c.      Applicant must be available to deliver in person a 30‐minute presentation at the ASAS Southern Section annual meeting, which generally occurs the first week of February.

d.     Research presented at the annual meeting and published in the abstract must be from the successful applicant’s dissertation project, and must have been conducted while he/she was enrolled at a university within the southern section.

e.      Abstracts found unacceptable as described in the ASAS “Quality Standards for Abstracts” will not be considered.

f.      Materials to be submitted include:

i.        An expanded abstract (not to exceed 5,000 characters and spaces). This will allow for more thorough description of all facets of the applicant’s dissertation research project.

ii.        Applicant must provide 2 letters of support, 1 from his/her dissertation advisor and 1 from his/her department head or their designee.

iii.         Applicant must provide a Bio/CV that includes a publication list as per the following guidelines:

  • Bio/CV – Strict one (1)‐page limit, exclusive of publications (typed in 12‐

point font using Times New Roman, with 1‐inch margins);

-    Begin with Name and current address followed by the name of the Southern Section institution from which you have received or expect to receive the Ph.D.

-    Provide Educational History – B.S. to Ph.D. including institutions and years degrees were earned.

-    Provide Employment History – most recent first.

-    List Honors & Awards.

-    Conclude with Professional Service and Activities.

  • · Publications list – Strict two (2)‐page limit typed in 12‐point font using

Times New Roman, with 1” margins.

-    Provide (in Journal of Animal Science style) a complete list of published or accepted for publication materials under the following categories: Books & book chapters, Refereed journal articles, Proceedings papers, Abstracts, and Other.

iv.       Applicant must provide biographical material for a Citation for Printing and Reading (not to exceed 1,000 characters and spaces).

v.       Applicant must select the Discipline where the presentation will be made if
they are selected as the award recipient.

g.     Applicant must submit all application materials through the Southern Section ASAS Scientific Meeting Awards website – the successful applicant’s expanded abstract will be the ONLY one of these abstracts presented at the meeting and published in the proceedings.

h.      All entries must be submitted by published award deadlines.

IV.   Application Procedure: Application is to be submitted electronically via the ASAS Award web site and this award will adhere to the current rules of the National ASAS.

V.  Selection Criteria: The application will be judged on the following content.

a.   60% on Expanded Abstract – importance, originality, clarity, implications of research b.   20% on Letters of Support

c.    20% on Applicant’s Bio/CV – demonstrated ability to present and publish research

VI. Evaluation Committee: The selection committee will be a panel of the past year’s Disciplinary Program Chairs. The non‐voting chairperson will be the Past‐President of ASAS Southern Section. The committee should finish the process within 3 weeks so that the program chair can complete the schedule for the annual meeting.

VII. Notification: Successful applicant will be notified by 1 month after the award submission deadline so they can prepare their presentation.

Note: All applicants are encouraged to also submit a standard abstract through the usual abstract submission web site. IF you are the recipient of the award you will be given the OPTION of withdrawing that abstract.

Distinguished Service Award

Each year the Southern Section recognizes and honors one of its members for outstanding service to the livestock industry. Nominees must be members of the American Society of Animal Science for two (2) consecutive years prior to the date of their nomination. Any Southern Section member defined in the ASAS Constitution and By Laws, any active member in the American Society of Animal Science-Southern Section in good standing, except Southern Section ASAS officers, may make nominations. Self-nominations shall not be eligible. Nominees are not carried forward from year to year; therefore, nominators should update and submit data on those previously nominated.

Items to be submitted by the nominator:

1.         Summary statements on work and importance to animal science and the Southern Region, not to exceed 8000 characters and spaces.

2.         Bio/CV for nominee

3.         One copy of citation for printing and reading  (not to exceed 1000 characters and spaces).

Extension Award

I.   Name of Award: Extension Award - Southern Section, American Society of Animal Science

II.  Description of Award: $500 and a Plaque.

III. Purpose:  To stimulate outstanding achievements in Extension Animal Science programs.

IV. Eligibility for Nomination:

A.  A nominee must be an Extension Specialist in the Southern Region and must have made an outstanding and noteworthy contribution in the field of Animal Science.  The contribution must pertain to the following areas of work: (a) beef cattle, (b) swine, (c) sheep, (d) horses, (e) goats, (f) 4-H livestock, and (g) meats.

B.  The nominee must be actively engaged in Extension at the time of nomination, with at least a 50% Extension appointment.  The nomination must be based on Extension accomplishments.

C.  Eligibility for the award requires membership in the American Society of Animal Science.  Previous winners of the Extension Award of the American Society of Animal Science are not eligible.

D.  Any active member in good standing of the American Society of Animal Science may make a nomination.

E.  No officer of the Southern Section Extension Section - ASAS, while holding such position, shall be eligible for this award.

F.  The selection committee shall consist of: 1) outgoing Chairman of Extension Southern Section - ASAS (non-voting member), 2) past recipient of the award, 3) President-Elect, Southern Section - ASAS, 4) Chairman Elect Extension, Southern Section-ASAS, and 5) a member selected by the President of the Southern Section-ASAS to balance species and

representation. If a member of this committee is nominated for the award, this person will be replaced by the President of the Southern Section-ASAS, so as to receive

consideration as a nominee.  All members of the committee are on a one-year term.

G.  Nominations made in one year will not be automatically carried over, but may be updated  and resubmitted.

H.  Material to be submitted by nominator:

1.   Bio/CV for nominee

2.   Extent of the nominee’s acceptance and application of technology in Extension educational programs not to exceed 2670 characters and spaces.

3.   Influence of the nominee’s Extension programs on the livestock industry and the welfare of people not to exceed 2670 characters and spaces.

4.   Qualities of leadership as demonstrated by ability to influence others to act and adopt improved practices not to exceed 2670 characters and spaces.

5.   A complete bibliography of publications by the nominee.

6.  One copy of citation for printing and reading  (not to exceed 1000 characters and spaces).

I.    Copies of research or extension publications authored by the nominee are not needed.

However, if the Chairman of the Award Committee feels that publications are necessary to adequately evaluate certain nominees, the Chairman will ask the nominator to obtain and provide the needed publications.

J.    Any member of the Award Committee may ask the Committee Chairman to request additional information about a nominee.

K.  The Chairman of the Award Committee shall notify the donor of the winner stating the individual’s full name and time and place of presentation of the award.

Outstanding Young Animal Scientist Award - Education

The Southern Section of the American Society of Animal Science offers a Young Animal Scientist Award in Education.  The award is presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Section of the American Society of Animal Science.  The award consists of a plaque, $500 and recognition at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Section of the American Society of Animal Science.

The requirements for eligibility for this award are as follows:

I.       The recipient of the Young Animal Scientist Award must be a member of the American Society of Animal Science, and the recipient must have conducted the work upon which the nomination is based in a state or territory in the Southern Section of the American Society of Animal Science.

II.     The recipient must be less than forty (40) years of age.

III.   The nominee must not have received a national award from the American Society of Animal Science.

IV.   The nominee must have made an outstanding contribution in education in the field of Animal Science; these accomplishments may be in the public, industry, and/or private sectors. The nominee must be actively engaged in education at the time of nomination.

V.     The nominee’s teaching and/or extension program(s) must pertain to beef cattle, dairy cattle, horses, sheep, goats and/or swine.  The individual’s program must be related to breeding, nutrition, physiology and/or management of these animals or to the products (meat, dairy products, etc.) of these animals.

VI.  Materials to be submitted by the nominator:

1.         A summary statement giving the importance of the nominee’s work to the appropriate discipline in Animal Science and to the livestock industry, not to exceed 2670 characters and spaces.

2.         Bio/CV for nominee

3.         A list of publications, presentations and (or) educational materials developed by the nominee and, where appropriate, evidence for excellence in teaching.

4.         Letters from not less than three (3) and not more than six (6) persons representing 1) the nominee’s institution and 2) agriculture and related industries, showing the service of the nominee to animal agriculture.

5.         One copy of citation for printing and reading  (not to exceed 1000 characters and spaces).

Outstanding Young Animal Scientist Award - Research

The Southern Section of the American Society of Animal Science offers a Young Animal Scientist Award in Research. The award is presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Section of the American Society of Animal Science. The award consists of a plaque, $500 and recognition at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Section of the American Society of Animal Science.

The requirements for eligibility for this award are as follows:

I.        The recipient of the Young Animal Scientist Award must be a member of the American Society of Animal Science, and the recipient must have conducted the work upon which the nomination is based in a state or territory in the Southern Section of American Society of Animal Science.

II.      The recipient must be less than forty (40) years of age.

III.     The nominee must not have received a national award from the American Society of Animal Science.

IV.     The nominee must have made an outstanding contribution in research in the field of Animal Science; these accomplishments may be in the public, industry, and/or private sectors.  The nominee must be actively engaged in research at the time of nomination.

V.      The nominee’s research program(s) must pertain to beef cattle, dairy cattle, horses, sheep, goats and/or swine.  The individual’s program must be related to breeding, nutrition, physiology and/or management of these animals or to the products (meat, dairy products, etc.) of these animals.

VI.      Materials to be submitted by the nominator:

1.         A summary statement giving the importance of the nominee’s work to the appropriate discipline in Animal Science and to the livestock industry, not to exceed 2670 characters and spaces

2.         Bio/CV for nominee

3.         A list of publications, presentations and (or) educational materials developed by the nominee and, where appropriate, evidence for excellence in teaching.

4.         Letters from not less than three (3) and not more than six (6) persons representing 1) the nominee’s institution and 2) agriculture and related industries, showing the service of the nominee to animal agriculture.

5.         One copy of citation for printing and reading  (not to exceed 1000 characters and spaces).

National Pork Board Swine Industry Award for Innovation

Purpose: To promote and reward original and innovative ideas that are scientifically based and that have economic relevance to the pork industry.

Nature of the Award: The National Pork Board will provide one $500 award for the abstract which best describes either:

1.   Work that can be immediately applied to the pork industry.

2.   Work that has potential future application to the pork industry.

3.   Work that involves classroom teaching, extension and service or outreach programs related to the pork industry.

A check will be presented directly to the first author of the abstract. .  A plaque will be presented during the Southern ASAS Annual Meeting.

Eligibility:

1.   Abstracts must relate to pigs or pork products. Comparative work among species that includes pigs is eligible.

2.   Abstracts involving experimental models using animals other than swine are eligible if the work is relevant to the pork industry.

3.   At least one abstract author must be a Southern Section ASAS member in good standing.

4.   Abstracts found unacceptable as described in the ASAS “Quality Standards for Abstracts” will not be considered.

5.   Abstracts must be accepted for presentation at the Southern Section ASAS Annual Meeting.

6.   Previous recipients of this award are eligible for the award.

Selection Procedure: The selection committee will be asked to review all abstracts submitted and accepted for presentation at the Southern Section ASAS Annual Meeting which meet the eligibility requirements outlined above. 

Selection Criteria:

1.   Degree that the reported work:

a.   Creates an opportunity previously unavailable to advance the swine industry by solving a problem.

b.   Addresses a previously recognized issue important to the swine industry.

2.   Degree that the scientific or educational process used:

a.   Contributed to understanding previously unavailable in biology or education.
     b.   Employs an untried approach that effectively addresses a conceptual problem.

3.   Soundness of approach.

4.   Relevance of work to the pork industry.

Student Abstract Competitions

Call for Abstracts: Abstracts must be submitted by the abstract deadline. Those submitted after the abstract deadline will not be accepted. The quality standards for abstracts can also be found on this Web site. Presenters will be expected to submit PowerPoint shows for their oral presentations to the respective committee chair in advance of the meeting (more details will be provided by the respective chair).  Committee chairs will be expected to provide a computer with all shows pre- loaded and a video projector for their session.  Any other video presentation equipment must be provided by the presenter.

Graduate Student Abstract Competition: The Awards Competition Committee will select up to fifteen (15) abstracts, based on scientific merit, for presentation.  Contestant must be the senior author and cannot hold academic rank above assistant professor. Dr. Christy Bratcher will send rules and guidelines on the awards competition to each selected participant and verify the eligibility of the contestant with the appropriate department chair/head.  Persons who have placed 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in previous Awards competitions are ineligible. Awards of $200, $150, and $100 will be presented to the top three placings, respectively.  The criteria for evaluating the competition papers will be: clearness and correctness of the abstract; knowledge of the subject area; research quality and innovation; organization of presentation; presentation and personal attributes; and appropriate use, clarity, and number of visuals.

Undergraduate Research Abstract Competition: Junior or senior level students from institutions in the Southern Region with degree programs in Agriculture are encouraged to present data from their research efforts. Abstracts for the research paper competition should be submitted according to the directions described in “Call for Papers”. University verification that the student is enrolled, at the time of abstract submission, must be mailed to Dr. James Strickland Note that the author may be a graduate student at the time the paper is presented. The abstracts will be reviewed by the Teaching and Undergraduate Education Committee (Dr. James Strickland, Chair).  Please note that a manuscript is not required for participation in the Undergraduate Research Paper Awards Competition. Awards of $200, $150, and $100 will be presented to the top three placings, respectively. The criteria for evaluating the competition abstracts will be: clearness and correctness of the abstract; knowledge of the subject area; research quality and innovation; organization of presentation; presentation and personal attributes; and appropriate use, clarity, and number of visuals.  The papers will be presented in the Teaching and Undergraduate Session.

Submission Requirements: Submission requirements are outlined in “Instructions for Abstract Submission”, which may be found on the Southern Section web site.  After reading these instructions, if you have any questions regarding submission, contact asas@asas.org.

Graduate Student Research Abstract

Competition Award

Dr. Christy L. Bratcher
Associate Professor
Auburn University
4902 Heath Rd
Auburn, AL 36830
cbratcher@auburn.edu

Undergraduate Student Research

Abstract Competition Award
Dr. James R. Strickland,
Department Chair
USDA - ARS, Forage Anim Prod Res Unit
Rm 130 Poole Agricultural Center
Clemson University
Clemson, SC 29630
jistrick@mac.com