**AFS Best Student Paper/Poster Awards**

Instructions for Award Participation

Who can apply?

Undergraduate, graduate, and recently graduated students that would like to present at the annual AFS meeting about projects at or nearing completion are eligible to apply.

How to apply?

Students must first submit an abstract to present at the annual AFS meeting in Grand Rapids, Michigan by the 4/14/2023 deadline. To participate in the Best Student Paper/Poster (BSP) competition, applicants will choose to participate in either the paper (oral) or poster division. For paper participants, please send an extended abstract (see below for specifications and examples) to [email protected]by 5/5/2023. Poster participants need only send a standard abstract by 5/5/2023. Both paper and poster presenters must have their major advisor email ([email protected]) to indicate the study is at a stage appropriate for this award (at, nearing, or recently [<1 year] completed]. Finalists will be selected from a panel of judges who evaluate abstract submissions. Those finalists will then be invited to submit a pre-recorded presentation for final judging by 8/6/2023. Oral presentations will be of 15-minute duration; poster presentations will be 5 minutes. Judging will occur prior to the annual meeting and winners will be announced at the AFS Business Meeting.

Extended Abstracts:

Extended abstracts should follow a manuscript-style format, including introduction, methods, results, and discussion. The inclusion of tables and figures to depict results is welcomed. The intent of the extended abstract is to ensure judges select finalists who have the most compelling research project to discuss in the final presentation competition. The maximum page allowance for extended abstracts is 3 pages. Please see examples below to help guide your extended abstract creation.

Extended Abstract Evaluation Form

Extended Abstract Examples

Best Student Presentation and Poster Judging Sheets