Student Competition

Attention Forage and Turf Breeding Students!

A Student Competition will be held in conjunction with IFTBC2019. All presentations by bachelors, masters and PhD students are eligible to participate. IFTBC attendees who volunteer to serve as judges will assess student presentations within their field of expertise. Student presentations will be scored based on a standard set of judging criteria. Be sure to consider these evaluation parameters as you prepare your presentation for the conference.

Student Competition Categories

(A) Best Student Oral Presentation

This award will honor the best oral presentation given by a student during the conference.

(B) Best Student Poster Presentation

This award will honor the best poster presentation given by a student during the conference.

(C) Best Lightning Talk

This award will honor the best lightning talk. Up to 12 student poster presenters will be selected to also give a five-minute presentation about their poster during the session on Tuesday, March 26 from 4:00pm – 5:00pm. Students will give a lightning fast talk using a maximum of 5 slides, which will be set to automatically advance at one minute per slide. The result is a fun and fast-paced presentation which lasts just 5 minutes. If you would like to be considered for this, be sure to indicate your interest when completing the online abstract submission form.

Student Awards

Winners will be announced during the closing dinner banquet on Wednesday, March 27. Judging forms (either paper or electronic) with written feedback will be made available to presenters after the conference.

Presentation Judging Schedule

Oral Evaluations during Sessions Monday and Tuesday, March 25 & 26
Poster Evaluations during Two Poster Sessions Monday and Tuesday, March 25 & 26 (5 PM – 6:30 PM)
Awards Committee meets to compile and rank presentations and confirm winning presenters Tuesday, March 26 (7:00 PM – 8:00 PM)
Awards Presentation at Conference Wednesday, March 27 (during closing dinner banquet from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM)

Helpful Tips for Creating Outstanding Presentations – Good Luck!




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