Achievement Awards

Academic
Achievement Award

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The AOC Graduate Scholarly Achievement Award recognizes AOC student members who made outstanding scholarly achievements. If you would like to be considered for the AOC Graduate Scholarly Achievement Award, please ask your major professor to nominate you. Check with AOC for the nomination procedure and criteria. The nomination should be sent to Professor Naiqian Zhang no later than July 1, 2017. Note that your major professor does not have to be an AOC member, neither does he/she have to be a Chinese! You may submit an entry to the competition or be nominated for an award even if you do not plan to attend the 2017 ASABE AIM.

Candidates’s qualifications will be evaluated based on their performance on in-class, research, and outreach activities. The following criteria shall be used to evaluate the candidates:

  • Academic performance (current year and the trend over the past years)
  • Scholarly activities, including
  • Publications (journal articles, fact sheets, software, web pages, etc.)
  • Presentations (oral, poster, mass media, etc.)
  • Grant proposals
  • Invention disclosures
  • Participation in professional activities (conferences, professional societies)
  • Other scholarly activities

Graduate Leadership
and Service Award

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The AOC Graduate Leadership and Service Award recognizes an AOC student member who has excelled and demonstrated leadership on the activities of AOC. The winners will receive certificates and cash awards ($150 each). The deadline for 2017 nomination is July 1, 2017. Of course you must be an AOC student member to become eligible for these awards. You may submit an entry to the competition or be nominated for an award even if you do not plan to attend the 2017 ASABE AIM. The nomination should be sent to Professor Naiqian Zhang no later than July 1, 2017.

This award shall be nominated by an AOC member with a nomination letter describing the candidate’s leadership and service contributions to AOC and the profession. In addition, the candidate shall prepare a one-page essay on “how can we improve graduate student involvement in advancing the goals of AOC” and a list of three references with detailed contact information.

Candidates’ qualifications will be evaluated based on their contributions to advancing the goals of AOC and the profession. The following criteria shall be used to evaluate the candidates:

  • Recruitment and promotion for AOC and its programs
  • Showing hospitality to and mentoring new AOC student members
  • Organizing and making contributions to AOC activities
  • Participating in AOC activities
  • Providing leadership and service to other professional societies
  • Providing leadership and service at the home institution
  • International activities.

Competition Awards

The AOC student paper competition recognizes the AOC student members who show excellence in the conduct and presentation of research. If you already submitted a paper to the ASABE Annual International Meeting (AIM) and are interested in participating in the AOC student paper competition, please send your paper and the “entry form” to Dr. Naiqian Zhang of Kansas State University no later than June 10, 2017. You can find the judging criteria (score sheet) that will be used to evaluate your papers from the same website. The top five winners will receive certificates as well as cash awards. Please note that we only accept papers written for the 2017 ASABE AIM. Therefore, your paper must have a number assigned by ASABE.

Student Research
Proposal Award

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There will be no AOC Student Research Proposal Competition for 2017.

Student Research
Presentation Award

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This is an invitation to submit oral presentation to 2017 AOC Student Research Presentation Competition Program. The First, Second, and Third place will receive $200, $150, and $100 cash award, respectively, and will be recognized at the AOC banquet. The number of awardees (two or three) will depend on the total number of entries. AOC hopes that awardees can benefit from the award for their professional development. 

To be eligible for this program:

Each entry for the competition will be limited to one paper (ASABE conference paper for 2017 Annual International Meeting) per student, and the first author must be an AOC student member.

Each entry is required to include a submitted “Entry Form” signed by a faculty member stating that he/she has approved the presentation.

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