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Educational Aids Blue Ribbon Awards Competition

The Educational Aids Blue Ribbon Awards Competition, sponsored by EOPD-208 Extension Committee, promotes excellence in informational materials which contribute to the understanding of agricultural and biological engineering subjects outside of the traditional classroom setting. All members are encouraged to submit their new extension materials for peer evaluation. New material is considered that which was produced in the 18 months prior to the entry deadline, which is January 23. For example, educational materials created in July 2013 are eligible for submission in the 2015 competition.

Winners will be recognized in print and with presentation of their Blue Ribbon Certificate at the annual international meeting. This is an opportunity to recognize authors who do exceptional work and provide educational leadership beyond the classroom.

Bilingual publications, those in a non-English language and translations will be accepted. If you plan to submit a non-English language publication please contact the category judge early so a qualified judge or translator can be identified.

All entries need to be submitted by a member of ASABE no later than January 23 to the pertinent category judging coordinator as shown in the table below.  The entry form includes the criteria on which the entry will be judged.

2014 Winners

Past Winners

Overall Competition Guidelines

Entry Form Instructions
1) Complete the boxes on the first page of the entry form for your category, including the one person to notify if a blue ribbon is received, an explanation of the purpose and intended audience of your entry and a brief description of how this educational aid meets a clear educational need or moves your educational program forward.

2) Email the form as an attachment along with your entry to the judging coordinator (listed below).

3) Electronic submission is preferred, but paper entries will be accepted. If you choose paper entry print the entire form and mail it with your entry to the judging coordinator listed for the category you are entering. If you have problems accessing or editing the entry form in MS Word, please contact: Jason Ward, (662) 325-4148, to receive it in an alternative format.

Blue Ribbon award winners will be notified in late May and invited to attend the meeting to receive their certificate during the General Session Recognition Program. Blue Ribbon winners' names and entry categories will be published in the awards program booklet. For those who do not attend the meeting certificates will be mailed after the meeting to the person identified on the entry form as the one person to notify, for distribution to all winning authors.

2015 Blue Ribbon Educational Aids Competition

CATEGORY DESCRIPTIONS, JUDGING COORDINATORS AND MAILING ADDRESSES FOR SENDING ENTRIES

A. ELECTRONIC & WEB-BASED DELIVERY

I. Electronic Delivery: DVDs, web-based computer programs, Powerpoint shows, web-based video, audio-podcasts, video-podcasts:   Include in this category individual aids delivered electronically and via the web. Web sites are included in their own category.

Entry form

Judging Coordinator
Lori Duncan
University of Tennessee
2506 E.J. Chapman Dr
Knoxville, TN 37996
Email
(865) 974-7266

Assistant Judging Coordinator
Jason K. Ward
Mississippi State University
Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Box 9632
Mississippi State, MS 39762
Email
(662)325-4148

II. Websites:
Include in this category informational and educational web sites, and extension sites that relate to an extension topic. Include a brief description regarding background, need, intended audience, number of hits, and impact assessment (if available). Web site address should be provided and must be accessible by judging coordinator.

Entry form

Judging Coordinator
Daniel S. Andersen
523 Northwestern
Ames, IA 50010
E-Mail
515-294-4210

B. PUBLICATION (PRINT OR ELECTRONIC)

III. Publications, Short (less than 9 pages): Concise publication that treats a single topic. A series of publications <9 pages addressing related topics or ideas may be judged as a single entry Electronic submittal preferred.

Entry form

Judging Coordinator
Dee Jepsen
Ohio State University
Food Agr & Biol Engineering Dept
590 Woody Hayes Dr
Columbus, OH 43210-1057
Email
(614) 292-6008

IV. Publications, Medium (9-16 pages): Medium length publication treating a single topic or related topics. A series of short publications that address a set of related ideas may be judged as a single entry. Electronic submittal preferred.

Entry form

Judging Coordinator
Matthew J. Helmers
Iowa State University
Dept of Ag & Biosystems Engr
219B Davidson Hall
Ames, IA 50011
Email
(515) 294-6717

Assistant Judging Coordinator
Christopher H. Hay
South Dakota State University
Box 2120
Brookings, SD 57007-1496
Email
(605) 688-5610

V. Publications, Long (17-32 pages):
Long publication that treats a single topic or related topics. A series of publications totaling greater than 16 pages may be judged as a single entry. Electronic submittal preferred.

Entry form

Judging Coordinator
Samuel G. McNeill
University of Kentucky
Research and Educational Ctr
PO Box 469
Princeton, KY 42445
E-Mail
(270) 365-7541 x213

VI. Publications, Comprehensive (33 or more pages):
Comprehensive publication treating broad subjects or multiple topics. Paper copy submittal preferred. Please submit three copies.

Entry form

Judging Coordinator
Amy M. Schmidt
University of Nebraska
213 LW Chase Hall
Biological Systems Engineering
Lincoln, NE 68583
E-Mail
(402) 472-0877

C. EXTENSION METHODS AND IMPACT

VII. High Impact Extension Methods:
Included in this category are educational events, programs, or assessment methods that are impactful or innovative.  Entrants are limited to ASABE members who develop or deliver educational content to end-users or the general public.  Entries include a summary of five pages or less including: 1) Title page identifying extension method, agency, and personnel; 2) Problem identification, needs assessment, and target audience; 3) Objectives/goals; 4) Implementation plan; 5) Results and impacts; and 6) Evaluation OR Impact assessment methodology; and 7) Impact assessment results.

Entry form

Judging Coordinator
Fouad H. Jaber
Texas A&M University
Dallas Research Center
17360 Coit Road
Dallas, TX 75252
E-Mail
(972) 952-9672

   

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