To be eligible to compete for an award, you must:
- Choose to compete (if you do, you need to take it real seriously), and then select the award box during registration.
- Submit an abstract with separate descriptions of your innovations in the research and your specific roles in carrying out the work (see paragraph beloe for more explanation).
Judging Criteria - To help you decide if you want to compete, here are some considerations related to criteria for judging:
- While the quality and impact of the research will be a consideration, the quality of your professional presentation will be by far the primary consideration for award (the judges will understand that the research topic is usually determined by the institution and advisor and not wholly within your control).
- Research that is neither to too stale (i.e., old and recycled) nor too immature is preferred. While perhaps not concluded, at least some research results are recommended.
- The creativity, dedication and multidisciplinary contribution you have demonstated the research will be important factors.
- The multidisciplinary talent and initiative you have demonstrated to expand your skills will be an important consideration.
- Whether you have shown an understanding of the scientific method will be an important factor (e.g., validity and reliability considerations).
- CLARITY will be critical, in both the submission application, and obviously in the presentation.
The award competition application should have following three separate sections:
- Abstract: The Abstract should not exceed 300 words. Please minimize the use of abbreviations and do not cite references in the abstract. The abstract must include the following separate sections: Background: the context and purpose of the study Results: the main findings and Conclusions: a brief summary and potential implications
- Innovation in research: Describe your innovative contributions in 150 words or less. Innovation can mean many different things. Tell us what you did that was innovative (e.g, extra efforts to assure validity or replicability; learned an entirely new area of chemistry, biology or computation; employed algorithms in new ways).
- Author Contributions: Describe your specific contributions in 150 words or less, i.e., what tasks you carried out, and what tasks collaborators carried.
Five Students and five Post Doctoral fellows will be separately selected as finalists, where:
- Each will present in a Plenary Session along with Invited Keynote Speakers
- The experience will be invaluable
- It will be exhilarating
- It will be a great networking oppertunity