The conference organizing committee is pleased to invite students to submit abstracts for the 2014 Student Best Paper Award Competition. The following list gives the eligibility information and other parameters for the competition:

  • Students at the undergraduate and graduate level at the time of submission are eligible to compete.
  • Students must be first author on the papers and must present their work at the conferences to compete.

Students enter the competition when submitting the full paper. There is no distinction in the abstract submission between student paper competition abstracts and regular abstracts. Students must submit the full length paper by March 31, 2014, and must indicate that the paper should be considered for the Student Best Paper Award by checking the appropriate box that says "The presenting author is a student and is submitting the paper for the student award competition". Papers will the be evaluated by a committee. Approximately 4-6 papers will then be selescted to participate in an oral presentation competition that will take place in specially organized sessions for each conference. Students will be evaluated during their presentation. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards will be given for each of the three conferences. Cash prizes will also be awarded (1st - $1000, 2nd - $500, 3rd - $250) accordingly. Each awardee will recieve a full digital copy of the past conference proceedings. The evaluation criteria are provided in detail below to help guide students in their manuscripts and presentations. Good Success!

Written Manuscript Evaluation:
Evaluation criteria and weighting factor of each criterion are:

  1. Originality, Weight = 3.0
  2. Technical Content and Quality, Weight = 3.0
  3. Relevance of Contribution, Weight = 2.0
  4. Organization and Clarity, Weight = 2.0

Oral Presentation Evaluation:
The presentations of the 4 to 6 highest scored manuscripts will be judged during the conference.
Each criterion will be ranked from 1 (low) to 5 (high).

Evaluation of INTRODUCTION:

  1. The research question/hypothesis was clearly stated
  2. The goals and specific objectives were presented
  3. The project had sufficient, supporting background

Evaluation of METHODS and RESULTS:

  1. The methods were clearly outlined/explained
  2. The presenter acknowledged limitations to the study
  3. The results were clearly explained/highlighted

Evaluation of CONCLUSIONS:

  1. A review/summary of the project was presented
  2. The significance of the results was discussed
  3. The applicability of the results was discussed


  1. Presentation aids were clear and readable
  2. Presentation was well-structured and logical
  3. Presentation fit into the allotted time
  4. The student seemed knowledgeable
  5. The student exhibited good voice projection and confidence
  6. The student responded well to questions from the audience

Final Ranking:
65% of the score will be based on the manuscript ranking and 35% of the score will be based on the oral presentation ranking.


Contact Information

Kim Stockment
+1 765.494.6078