Student Awards 


AMSA Student Teaching “Cleaver” Award

AMSA Student Teaching “Cleaver” Award:

A meat cleaver is resilient and designed to break through soft bones and cartilage. Graduate teaching assistants are encouraged to be “cleavers”, by being resilient in teaching abilities, breaking through to students and enhancing their knowledge. The tough metal and thick blade of a cleaver is unique and more durable compared to other knives. Graduate students are expected to be durable through their own obligations, and above all to create a unique learning experience for students.


The AMSA Student Board of Directors would like to recognize excellence in teaching and assisting faculty with meat, animal, or food science courses.


1. The nominee must have been an MS or PhD graduate student and an active teacher or teaching assistant during the 2018 calendar year.
2. The nominee must have been an AMSA member during the time they were teaching.
3. Previous winners of this award are not eligible to compete again in the same level (MS/PhD)

Click here for complete rules and entry guidelines for the Student Teaching "Cleaver" Award

Nomination of Award:

1. Any active professional or emeritus member of the association may make a nomination, except members of an award’s selection committee. No member may nominate himself or herself.

2.  The award nomination must be submitted by February 2nd, 2018. Nominations received after this date will not be eligible for consideration.

Click here to submit your intent online!

Student Research Poster Competition

Students if you would like to engage in high quality, sound and pertinent meat research and develop your skills in effective communication for dissemination of research information then make sure you sign up to participate in the 2018 RMC Student Research Poster Competition.

For all students in the research competition an electronic poster board will be provided.  Presenters will be asked to submit their poster in advance as your poster sessions will be done in Kiosk Mode. Kiosk mode means that we receive the presentation ahead of time, then combine multiple presentations into a single presentation with a menu and navigation buttons. This ensures that it’s easy to swap between different posters that are on the same screen. More information will be sent out in May regarding the design of your poster.

Contestants must hold membership in the American Meat Science Association at time of entry (February 22, 2018).  Only two students from one university may enter the graduate (MS or PhD) competition, regardless of the division in which they will compete. In addition, two students from one university may enter the undergraduate competition.  Each university can up to four total participants in the research competition.   However students can only participate in each division one time.

More information is posted online!

If you have any questions please contact Deidrea Mabry, dmabry@meatscience.org.

Undergraduate Scholastic Achievement Award

Award nominations for the 2018 Awards Program are open for the Undergraduate Scholastic Achievement Award.  Nomination packets must be submitted by February 20, 2018.  Selection of the USAA will be made and faculty notified by March 23, 2018. Nominations are not needed for this award.

If you have any questions please contact Rachel Adams, radams@meatscience.org

Complete rules and entry guidelines for the Undergraduate Scholastic Achievement Award

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