Education, Extension & Outreach Division Competition
UNDERGRADUATE Student Technical Writing Competition
Submit Now through April 1, 2014
One of the core competencies in the IFT Education standards is for students to achieve competency in communication skills (i.e., oral and written communication, listening, interviewing, etc.). According to IFT guidelines, by the time students graduate, they should not only be able to search for and condense information, but should also be able to "communicate technical information to a non-technical audience."
- Any technical subject or latest development in the food science and technology field that may be important to the consumer.
- The article must be written in non-technical language such that someone reading your local newspaper could understand the article.
- Undergraduate students who are majors in departments that have undergraduate or graduate programs in food science, nutrition, meat science, or dairy science, at any two or four-year college or university are eligible.
- Undergraduate students who will graduate in May or June 2014 are also eligible.
- For 2014, students will submit their work via email to email@example.com (800 words maximum) to IFT. At least three technical or scientific references (which you used to write your article) should be cited in your submission. Reference citations should follow the Journal of Food Science format. References are not included in the 800 word maximum requirement.
- Submissions must be submitted as a Word document and include students' university, major, and current year in school (sophomore, junior, etc).
- Submissions will be accepted starting January 30 through April 1, 2014. Submissions received after April 1, 2014 will not be reviewed.
GRADUATE Student Technical Writing Competition
Submit Now through April 1, 2014
Demographic analysis has shown that employees/entry level scientists who can communicate technical and non-technical concepts succinctly and effectively will be in a better position to progress professionally. Thus, the Education, Extension & Outreach Division of IFT is sponsoring a writing competition for graduate students to highlight the development of technical communication skills. Monetary prizes will be awarded to the authors of the top three papers. The winning entry will be published in the Journal of Food Science Education (JFSE) for dissemination to a world-wide audience.
- A journalist for a food science and technology industry periodical has asked you to submit a short article on your research. In 800 words or less, you are asked to write an overall description of your research, and describe how it will have impact on the food industry.
- Research areas include, but are not limited to food science and technology, human nutrition, or extension. Technical language along with a persuasive writing style is encouraged, but technical content must be clearly defined and described so that someone without a background in food science/technology or nutrition can understand the article.
- Graduate students majoring in food science/technology, human nutrition, meat and/or dairy science graduate programs at any four-year college or university are eligible.
- Graduate students who will graduate before the end of August, 2014 are eligible. Post-doctoral students are not eligible.
- For 2014, students can submit their work via email to firstname.lastname@example.org (800 words maximum). References are required (minimum of five), and citations should follow the Journal of Food Science format. References are not included in the 800 word maximum limit.
- Submissions must be submitted as a Word document and include students' university, major, and date of graduation.
- Submissions will be accepted January 30 - April 1, 2014. Submissions received after April 1, 2014 will not be reviewed.