Purdue University Student Soybean & Corn Innovation Competitions

Rules and Regulations for Student Competitors

Eligibility

  1. Competitors must be currently enrolled students at Purdue University and must continue to be enrolled at Purdue University throughout the competition.  Competitors must complete this form and provide their PUID to authorize the Registrar to verify enrollment status.
  2. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to participate.  Each team must have at least TWO undergraduate students and may have a maximum of FOUR undergraduate students and may have a maximum of FOUR team members.
  3. All work must be the original work of the team.  All work must be conducted using Purdue facilities.

Faculty Advisors

  1. Teams must also have TWO FACULTY ADVISORS.  (At least one of the faculty advisors must have sufficient expertise to serve as a TECHNICAL ADVISOR.).
  2. The team’s TECHNICAL ADVISOR must verify that each member of the team has completed LAB SAFETY TRAINING before any lab work may be performed.  All research must be performed in the lab of one of the faculty advisors and be properly documented, dated, and witnessed in a lab notebook that will be submitted at the end of the competition.
  3. If an Advisor can no longer advise a team, that team must select a new Advisor and resubmit an Advisor Form for approval.  If the team’s technical advisor resigns, a new lab safety training form for all team members must be submitted within 10 days of the new Advisor’s acceptance.  Teams should halt product development until these requirements are met.

Team Structure

  1. Team products MUST BE A NOVEL APPLICATION.  The product must not be currently commercialized, in development or publicly taught.
  2. Individuals may NOT participate simultaneously on different teams.
  3. Each team member must complete an assignment of intellectual property rights [ASSIGNMENT] Purdue’s Intellectual Property Form, and is responsible for understanding what this document means.   Intellectual Property is managed by Purdue Research Foundation’s Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC), Purdue University’s Sponsored Program Services and its Office of the Vice President for Research.  ALL submitted products, works, or ideas become property of the Indiana Soybean Alliance, Indiana Corn Marketing Council, and Purdue University.  If a team member decides to resign from a team, that member should send an email to the Program Administrator to confirm resignation from the team.  If new member(s) are added, a new Student Registration Form must be completed, and turned into the Program Administrator.
  4. Each team member will complete Model Release documents (video, press and photo release), for Purdue University and the Indiana Soybean Alliance or Indiana Corn Marketing Council.
  5. Team members may not be dropped or added after the 2nd full week of the spring semester.
  6. Teams must adhere to all rules and regulations of Purdue University.

Lab/Technical

  1. Teams will be notified of meetings which will be held throughout the competition.  At least one team member should attempt to attend these informative meetings.  Assignments, forms and due dates will be discussed at these meetings.  Guest speakers with subject matter expertise will be invited to these meetings.   A variety of forms and documents will be distributed and assignments will be given.  Documents such as (but not limited to), Registration, Product Idea, Bibliography, Timelines, Patent Search, Literature Review, Intellectual Property, Market Analysis, Human Subject, Budget, Vendor,  Technical Process, and Lab Safety will be discussed and reviewed.
  2. During the competition, a mandatory lab visit will be set up for all teams.  Each team member should participate in this lab visit.  Teams should be prepared for a professional meeting to determine if the team will be permitted to continue in the competition. 

Judging/Awards

  1. Official judging of products will be according to guidelines of Purdue University, Indiana Soybean Alliance and Indiana Corn Marketing Council.  Judges will review each team’s final report before judging their product prototype.  Judges will be provided by Indiana Soybean Alliance and Indiana Corn Marketing Council. 
  2. To be eligible to present a product at the awards ceremony, teams must meet all assignment guidelines/check points and produce a working product prototype and a final written report.
  3. The contest will conclude with the official awards ceremony at a location to be determined by Purdue University, Indiana Soybean Alliance and Indian Corn Marketing Council officials.  Teams are required to set up a display at this event and meet with the public.
  4. The winning teams will be announced at the official awards ceremony.  Any monetary awards will be divided equally among team members.
  5. All winning team members will be required to sign the Acknowledgment of Prize & Release and Purdue Payee Certification document before any monetary awards will be paid.  For payment, these forms must be signed and turned into the Program Administrators within 7 days of the official awards ceremony.
  6. Purdue University reserves the right to change, adjust, or remove any awards.

 


Individual Registration Form

Please provide the information requested below. If you have any questions or problems, contact the Program Manager

Purdue Address

Hometown

By completing this document, I verify that I have read and agree to abide by all the rules and regulations for the Purdue University Student Soybean & Corn Innovation Competitions. I certify that I am at least 18 years of age, and I am currently enrolled as a student at Purdue University. I agree that I will immediately notify the Program Administrator, Purdue Student Soybean & Corn Product Innovation Competitions, in writing if at any point in the competition, I am no longer enrolled at Purdue for any reason. My agreement below authorizes the Registrar of Purdue University to disclose my registration status to the Program Administrator, Purdue Student Soybean & Corn Product Innovation Competitions at any point during the competition. I understand that I may revoke this authorization, but that if I do revoke the authorization, I will no longer be eligible to participate in the Competition.