Tuskegee University’s Chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta invites the submission of student papers and posters for its annual 75th Professional Agricultural Workers conference.  There will be monetary awards (undergraduate:  $500; $200; $100 and graduate$500, $200;$100) for the first, second and third place winners.  The deadline for submission is October 25, 2017. 
The competition will take place on Sunday December 3, 2017 at 11:30 a.m at the Kellogg Conference Center on the campus of Tuskegee University..   
 
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Abstract Type & Instructions *

Abstracts should contain no more than 250 words single-spaced with 12 font/characters per inch. The title of the presentation should be ALL CAPS and CENTERED. Presenting and lead author’s name (should be a student and NOT faculty or any other person) should be ALL CAPS with the initial letters of other authors’ names in upper case. Authors should use their full names followed by the name of the affiliated institution. Also, the preparer of the abstract should indicate which one of the other authors is the faculty advisor.   Skip a line and type the abstract as one continuous, single-spaced paragraph. Indent the first line. Use fill-justified margins (even right and left margins). Submit the abstracts by October 15, 2017.   Authors should indicate the appropriate section for their presentation on the abstract. There are four sections/categories namely: 

1.Undergraduate-oral;
2.Undergraduate-poster;
3.Graduate-oral; 
4.Graduate –poster. 

 
Oral Presentations

Abstracts should contain no more than 250 words single-spaced with 12 font/characters per inch. The title of the presentation should be ALL CAPS and CENTERED. Presenting and lead author’s name (should be a student and NOT faculty or any other person) should be ALL CAPS with the initial letters of other authors’ names in upper case. Authors should use their full names followed by the name of the affiliated institution. Also, the preparer of the abstract should indicate which one of the other authors is the faculty advisor.   

Skip a line and type the abstract as one continuous, single-spaced paragraph. Indent the first line. Use fill-justified margins (even right and left margins). Submit the abstracts by October 25, 2017. 

Authors should indicate the appropriate section for their presentation on the abstract. There are four sections/categories namely: 1.Undergraduate-oral;
2.Undergraduate-poster;
3.Graduate-oral; 
4.Graduate –poster. 
  



Instructions for Oral Presentations
  

Each presenter will be limited to a total of 15 minutes; 12 minutes for presentation and 3 minutes for questions and answers.   

Timing is important in the scoring of oral presentations so presenters should be mindful of the time as they present. Each presenter is expected to answer at least three questions. If questions are not asked by the audience, then the judges will ask all the questions. In answering questions, the presenter should try as much as possible to be concise and answer the questions directly. He/she should avoid long and convoluted explanations. If he/she does not understand the question, he/she should ask the questioner for clarification.  

Presentations should be prepared in PowerPoint and given to the chairperson or moderator at least 1 hour before the presentation so that he/she can upload it on a laptop. It will be better to have the presentation ready several days, or even weeks, before the competition. 

Each presenter should be present at the start of the session and introduce himself/herself to the chairperson/moderator. The presenter should avoid being late. If, however, he/she is late, he/she should introduce himself/herself to the chairperson/moderator during the intermission, and not while another student is presenting. 

To win a prize, presenters have to adhere to the instructions for preparing oral and poster presentationsAlso note that only manuscripts from first prize winners are eligible for publication in the Professional Agricultural Workers Journal (PAWJ)First place winners will be given a month to submit a full manuscript for publication in the PAWJ. Submission of an abstract does not guarantee acceptance for presentation. Abstracts will be reviewed and presenters notified of the acceptance or otherwise by November 1, 2017.   

Notes to Oral Presenters 

1.      Presenters are to submit electronic versions of their abstracts using the new online submission system  by October 15, 2017 to qualify for a prize. 

2. Adherence to instructions, such as preparing abstracts according to submission guidelines, submitting abstracts on time and using this system , will comprise 30% of the points, and the presentation itself will comprise the remaining 70% of the total points.
 
Poster Presentations

Abstracts should contain no more than 250 words single-spaced with 12 font/characters per inch. The title of the presentation should be ALL CAPS and CENTERED. Presenting and lead author’s name (should be a student and NOT faculty or any other person) should be ALL CAPS with the initial letters of other authors’ names in upper case. Authors should use their full names followed by the name of the affiliated institution. Also, the preparer of the abstract should indicate which one of the other authors is the faculty advisor.   

Skip a line and type the abstract as one continuous, single-spaced paragraph. Indent the first line. Use fill-justified margins (even right and left margins). Submit the abstracts online by October 25, 2017.   

Authors should indicate the appropriate section for their presentation on the abstract. There are four sections/categories namely: 1.Undergraduate-oral;
2.Undergraduate-poster;
3.Graduate-oral; 
4.Graduate –poster. 
  


Instructions for Poster Presentations
  

1. Poster should be 4’x 4’ or smaller
2. Title, authors, and affiliated institution 
3. Presenting and lead author (should be a student and NOT faculty or any other person) should be ALL CAPS. Initial letters of advisor’s name should be upper case letters. Other authors’ names may be added.
4. The Poster should contain the following: a. Abstract
b. Introduction
c. Purpose/Objectives 
d. Methodology/Materials and Methods
e. Results and Discussion
f. Conclusion 
g. References
h. Acknowledgement (optional) 

  The poster should be self-explanatory. The poster session offers a more intimate forum for informal discussion than the oral presentation, but this becomes difficult if presenters are obliged to devote most of their time to merely explaining their posters to a succession of visitors.

To win a prize, presenters have to adhere to the instructions for preparing poster presentations and abstracts.   

Notes to Poster Presenters 

1. To win a prize, presenters should submit electronic versions of their abstracts (based on the PAWJ submission guidelines) and using this form  by Thursday, November 10, 2016.   

2. Adherence to submission guidelines for posters will comprise 30% of the total points. Important elements include adherence to guidelines for preparing posters and abstracts, and submitting abstracts on time using the new online submission system.

The presentation itself will comprise the remaining 70% of the total points.
Thank you for submitting your abstract for the GSD Student Competition.   For questions or if additional information is needed, please email  gammasigmadelta@mytu.tuskegee.edu  or
visit our website at www. pawc.info.
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