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2019 RMC Abstracts and Student Research Competitions Information

AMSA Student Research ePoster Competition

The purpose of the AMSA Student Research ePoster Competition is to encourage students to:

1.    Engage in high quality, sound and pertinent meat and poultry research;
2.    Gain experience in presentation of scientific papers;
3.    Demonstrate poise and mental agility before their peers;
4.    Develop skills in effective communication for dissemination of research information; and
5.    Acquire an appreciation of the role of the Association and its members in advancing the well being of the meat industry through research.

The 2019 graduate competition is sponsored by Tyson Foods, Inc. and the 2019 undergraduate competition is sponsored by the AMSA Ann Hollingsworth, Dale Huffman, and William Moody Mentor Recognition.

Click here to download the RMC Abstract Guidelines.
Click here to submit your Abstract online!
Click here to submit your intent to participate in the 2019 RMC Research Competitions (M.S., Ph.D. & Undergraduate click here)

ELIGIBILITY

Contestants must hold membership in the American Meat Science Association at time of entry (February 22, 2019) and be registered to attend the 2019 RMC event.  Only two students from one university may enter the graduate competition (Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy), regardless of the division in which they will compete. In addition, two students from one university may enter the undergraduate competition.  Each university can have up to four total participants.

DIVISIONAL COMPETITION

Contestants may compete in one of three divisions depending on their eligibility.

New 2019 rules please read below!

Undergraduate Division: Contestants competing in this division must be an undergraduate or have received their bachelor’s degree no earlier than the May prior to the competition. Contestants may compete only once in the Undergraduate division.

Master of Science Division: Contestants competing in this division must be currently enrolled in a Master of Science Program or have completed a Master of Science program since the last Reciprocal Meat Conference. Contestants may compete only once in the Master of Science division.

Doctor of Philosophy Division: Contestants competing in this division must be currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program or have completed a Ph.D. program since the last Reciprocal Meat Conference. Students may compete twice in the Ph.D. level competition if they have not won the Ph.D. division previously and if the research they are presenting the second time is significantly different* from the first time competing.  * meaning it must be separate experiment/trial (cannot be preliminary results one year and the final project the next year)


Presenters will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Professional appearance and poise throughout the presentation
  • Quality of visual aids
  • Use and creativity of visual aids to convey a clear message
  • Knowledge of your research topic
  • Ability to demonstrate an understanding of the experimental design of your project and statistical approach for analyzing your data
  • Ability to answer questions that directly relate to and indirectly relate to your topic
  • Ability to relate your research to industry applicable scenarios

Emphasis of each of these categories will be at the discretion of the judges.  NOTE this may not be an exhaustive list of judge’s expectations.

Oral Presentation:

Contestants will not give a formal oral presentation, in the traditional sense.

Undergraduate Division:
Students will be given five minutes to introduce the material to the judges and six to eight minutes for questions and discussion. Contestants should be prepared to answer questions from judges concerning objectives, methods, design, results and interpretation of research presented.

Master of Science Division:
Students will be given five minutes to introduce the material to the judges and six to eight minutes for questions and discussion. Contestants should be prepared to answer questions from judges concerning objectives, methods, design, results and interpretation of research presented.

Doctor of Philosophy Division:
Students will be given 12 minutes to introduce the material to the judges and eight minutes for questions and discussion.  Contestants should be prepared to answer questions from judges concerning objectives, methods, design, results and interpretation of research presented.

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