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Educational Aids Blue Ribbon Awards Competition

Educational Aids are those aids which contribute to the understanding of biological and agricultural engineering subjects. Major emphasis is placed upon how well the needs of the intended audience are met.

The Educational Aids Blue Ribbon Awards Competition is sponsored by ED-208 Extension Committee. 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 22. For example, educational materials created in July 2012 are eligible for submission in the 2014 competition.

All entries will be displayed at the annual international meeting so others can become aware of the educational materials that have been developed. 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.

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 22 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) E-mail the form as an attachment along with your entry to the judging coordinator.

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 Vogel, (405) 744-7532, to receive it in an alternative format.

All entries will be on display during the annual international meeting. You will be responsible for picking up your entry before 12:00 noon on the last day of the meeting. The educational aids committee, ASABE and meeting hosts assume no responsibility for entries not picked up.

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.

2014 Blue Ribbon Educational Aids Competition



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
Jason K. Ward
Mississippi State University
Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Box 9632
Mississippi State, MS 39762

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

II. Web Sites:
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

Assistant Judging Coordinator
James P. Murphy
Kansas State University
146 Seaton Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
(785) 532-5813


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
Brian L. Benham
Virginia Tech
209 Seitz Hall (0303)
Biological Systems Eng.
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Assistant Judging Coordinator
Douglas W. Hamilton
Oklahoma State University
Biosystems & Agr Eng Dept
Stillwater, OK 74078-6021
(405) 744-7089

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
Thomas G. Franti
University of Nebraska
242 LW Chase Hall
Lincoln, NE 68583-0726
(402) 472-9872

Assistant Judging Coordinator
Christopher H. Hay
South Dakota State University
Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
Box 2120
Brookings, SD 57007-1496
(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
(270) 365-7541 x213

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

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
(402) 472-0877

Assistant Judging Coordinator
David J. Sample
Virginia Tech
1444 Diamond Springs Rd
Virginia Beach, VA 23455
(757) 363-3835


VII. Innovative Extension Methods or Impact Assessment:
Include in this category reports on innovative extension methods or impact assessment of extension programs. Limited to ASABE member Extension Specialists. Write a report 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 (for Impact Assessment reports): 6) 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
(972) 952-9672

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

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