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​Graduate Student Research Competition

Eligible graduate students (see requirements below) are invited to participate in the Graduate Student Research Award Competition. This year there will be a limit of 30 oral presentations in the Graduate Student Research Award Competition. Abstracts for the competition will be accepted in the order they are received by email (see details below). Students who do not wish to participate in the Graduate Student Research Award Competition or who are not able to be included in the Graduate Student Research Award Competition may choose to present their abstract as a non-competitive oral presentation (limited spaces available) or non-competitive or competitive poster presentation.  Abstracts should provide background information to clearly understand research needs, clear objectives, sufficient methods, results, and conclusions.​

In order to give a presentation at the 2020 SD-APS meeting, abstracts must be submitted and the abstract submission fee pa​id through the online abstract submission​ system by the abstract submission deadline (December 4, 2019). If you want to participate in the Graduate Student Research Award Competition, you must indicate on the submission form that you are submitting an abstract for an oral presentation and that you intend to participate in the Graduate Student Research Award Competition.  In addition, you must email a copy of your abstract, including the title, authors, and affiliations, as a single PDF to SD-APS Vice President, Fulya Baysal-Gurel (fbaysalg@tnstate.edu), by December 4, 2019.  The first 30 abstracts that have been completely submitted through the online submission system (including payment and confirmation) and received via email will be accepted for inclusion in the Graduate Student Research Competition if they meet the requirements detailed above.  Only one abstract per presenter will be considered for the Graduate Student Research Award Competition. Students participating in the Graduate Student Research Award Competition may not participate in the Graduate Student Poster Competition. Students will be notified by December 17, 2019, if their abstract will be included in the Graduate Student Research Award Competition.

Awards for the first, second, and third place speakers will be presented. Honorable mention awards may also be given. In addition, the 1st place winner is eligible for additional travel funds to represent the Southern Division at the upcoming annual APS Meeting.


Eligibility Requirements:  Students competing in the Graduate Student Research Award Competition must (1) either be enrolled as a regular student in a graduate program in the Southern Division or have been an enrolled student in a graduate program in the Southern Division within six months of the abstract submission deadline; (2) be a member in good standing of the Southern Division at the time of the presentation; (3) be sole or senior author of the research; and (4) present the research at a meeting of the Southern Division, APS.  The presentation must include research in plant pathology that has been performed while in pursuit of a degree at a college or university in the Southern Division.

Presentations of abstracts accepted for the Graduate Student Research Competition will be judged according to a to this rubric.  

 

Previous Award Winners

Year

Location

Award

 Recipient

Affiliation

​201​9

Gainesville, FL

​1st

​Madison McCulloch

​University of Kentucky



​2nd
​​Matthew Aaron Tucker
​Mississippi State University

​3rd (tie)
​Kelsey Andersen
​University of Florida

​3rd (tie)
​Tracy Hawk
​University of Arkasas
2018
Fayetteville, AR 1st Kelsey Andersen University of Florida
2nd Maria Velez-Climent University of Florida
3rd John Ridenour University of Arkansas
HM Juliet Fultz Wilkes Clemson University
HM Kathryn Haydon University of Arkansas
HM Rebecca Sweeny Louisiana State University
2017 College Station, TX 1st Patricia Soria University of Florida
2nd Jeffrey Standish University of Georgia
3rd Mason Newark University of Florida
2016 Balm, FL 1st Eduardo Chagas Ferreira Da Silva Louisiana State Univ, Agricultural Center
2nd
Jeffrey R. Standish
University of Georgia
3rd Whit Ables Mississippi State University
HM Jake C. Fountain University of Georgia
2015 Atlanta, GA 1st Phillip Vines Mississippi State Univ
2nd Jeffrey Standish Mississippi State Univ
3rd Alyssa Koehler North Carolina State University
HM Jake Fountain University of Georgia
HM Caroline Land Auburn University
HM Katie Neufeld North Carolina State University
HM Peng Tian University of Georgia
2014 Dallas, TX 1st Jacob Price Texas A&M Univ
2nd Philip Vines Mississippi State Univ
3rd Kelly Morris Univ of Georgia
HM Mary Helen Ferguson Louisiana State Univ
HM Juliet Fultz Univ of Arkansas
2013 Baton Rouge, LA 1st Rebecca Melanson Louisiana State Univ
2nd Philip Vines Mississippi State Univ
3rd Abraham Fulmer Univ of Georgia
2012 Birmingham, AL 1st Felix Francis Lousiana State Univ
2nd Jake Fountain Louisiana State Univ
3rd

Jing Zhou

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Univ of Arkansas
2011 Corpus Christi, TX 1st Place Bhabesh Dutta Univ of Georgia
2nd Place Andrea Payne Oklahoma State Univ

3rd Place Ashok Chanda Louisiana State Univ
 2010  Orlando, FL 1st Place

Moytri Roy Chowdury
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Univ of Arkansas 
    2nd Place Terry Spurlock  University of Arkansas
    3rd Place  Ashley Zearfoss North Carolina State University
 2009 Atlanta, GA 1st Place Bhabesh Dutta University of Georgia
     2nd Place Nicholas Sekora Auburn University
     3rd Place Nicole Ward Louisiana State University
 2008 Dallas, TX 1st Place James Kerns North Carolina State University
     2nd Place Brooke Edmunds North Carolina State University
3rd Place Cruz Torres Texas A&M University
 2007 Mobile, AL 1st Place Weo-bo Dong University of Georgia
     2nd Place Jeffrey Wilson Texas Tech University
     3rd Place Anthony Adesemoye Auburn University
 2006 Orlando, FL 1st Place Silvinia Giammaria University of Arkansas
    2nd Place  Courtney Gallup North Carolina State University
     3rd Place Samuel Njoroge Clemson University
 2005 Little Rock AR 1st Place Damon Smith North Carolina State University
     2nd Place Scott Monfort University of Arkansas
     3rd Place Jason Woodward University of Georgia


Click here for a list of Graduate Student Presentation Awardees 1967 to present.