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Student Honor Award

Each student engineering branch and student mechanization branch may elect one student branch member to receive the Student Honor Award for each 25 active members. Winners receive a leather portfolio and a certificate of award provided by ASABE. This award encourages scholarship, activity in student branch affairs, extracurricular and national student activities and the important art of maintaining the good will and respect of associates. Winners names and score sheet must be sent to
 the Awards Administrator by April 20.

Recent Winners

2017:Engineering branches: Kelly Goneke, Auburn University; Dallas Boehne, Iowa State University; Lucas Miles, Iowa State University; Alexander May, North Carolina State University; Meghan Porter, North Carolina State University. No recipients from technology branches.

2016: Engineering branches: Katlyn DeVoe, Iowa State University; Alex DiGeronimo, North Carolina State University; Suzanne Leonard North Carolina State University; Quenton Schneider Iowa State University. No recipients from technology branches.

2015: Engineering branches: Jonathan C. Overton, Oklahoma State University; Nick E. Schrader, Iowa State University; William M. Barbour, University of Tennessee; Megan E. Colonel, North Carolina State University. No recipients from technology branches.

2014: Engineering branches: Kathleen Bell and Ashley Mendenhall, North Carolina State University; Coleman Bradley, University of Tennessee

2013: Engineering branch: Kaelin Saul, North Carolina State University. No recipients from mechanizations branches.

2012: Engineering branches: Spencer Davis, North Carolina State University; Aaron Nissen, Iowa State University.
No recipients from mechanization branches.

2011: Engineering Branches - Victoria Stefanelli, University of Maryland, Society of Biological Engineers; Laura Lord, North Carolina State University, Biological and Agricultural Engineering; Katherine Peary, University of Tennessee, Biosystems Engineering. No recipients from mechanization branches.

2010: Engineering Branches - Jessica Tsaoi, University of Maryland, Society of Biological Engineers; Amy Byrd, North Carolina State University, Biological and Agricultural Engineering; Jessica Blake, North Carolina State University, Biological and Agricultural Engineering. No recipients from mechanization branches.

2009: Engineering Branches - Monica C. Machado , University of Maryland, Society of Biological Engineers; Robert L. Vick, Jr., North Carolina State University, Biological and Agricultural Engineering; Veronica Mbaneme, North Carolina State University,  Biological and Agricultural Engineering; Alex J. McLemore, University of Tennessee, Biosystems Engineering. No recipients from mechanization branches.

Background on the Award
At the annual meeting in East Lansing, MI, in June 1949, delegates representing student branches of ASABE expressed the desire that the Society establish an honor award in recognition of conspicuous student activity. A committee representing 12 student branches drafted and submitted to the Society a plan for such an award. In September of the same year, the proposed plan was referred to all the Society's student branches and to their respective college agricultural engineering faculties for consideration and recommendation. The Board of Directors of the Society later referred the proposal with recommended revisions received to the Committee on Student Branches for further study and with instructions to formulate a student honor award program. This program, as proposed by the Committee, was submitted to the Board of Directors in December 1950, and approved and ordered put into effect when it was deemed feasible to do so. The initial awards were instituted in 1952. The ASABE Board of Directors changed the Student Honor Award at the Summer Meeting June 1977 to include eligibility of ASABE student mechanization branch members.

Student Honors Awards General Rules
-A member of a student engineering or mechanization branch of ASABE, who desires to compete for the ASABE Student Honor Award, shall complete the score sheet.

-The branch shall elect a custodian of the score sheets and the score sheet of each student competing for the Award shall be delivered to the custodianbefore the last regular meeting of the student branch in April or for the semesterand verified by an officer of the branch and the faculty advisor.

-The ratings on the score sheets of students eligible under paragraph ER-6 shall be totaledprior to the last regular branch meeting in April or the last regular branch meeting of the semester.

-The eligibility of candidates for the Award, as determined under the Eligibility Rules (paragraphs ER- 1 to 8), shall be certified by a committee comprised of the branch officers and the faculty advisor. The names of eligible students shall be announced and recipients of the Award shall be elected by secret letter ballot not later than the last regular branch meeting in April or the last branch meeting of the semester.

-In any school year, a student engineering or mechanization branch may elect not more than (a)onerecipient of the Award for each 25 or fewer members who constitute the branch members, or regular ASABE student members but not graduate student members of the student branch; (b)tworecipients for each 26 to 50 members; (c)threerecipients for each 51 to 75 members; (d)fourrecipients for each 76 to 100 members, etc.

-Prizes of the Award shall consist of a certificate and leather portfolio engraved with the ASABE logo. ASABE headquarters provides certificates and portfolios based on receipt of certified score sheets, and on its records of student branch strength. Score sheets should be emailed as a PDF to  the Awards Administrator, no later than April 20 in order for the awardee to be listed in the annual international meeting awards program booklet. Access the score sheet here.

-Portfolios and certificates may be awarded with appropriate ceremony at a meeting or special function of the branch.

Eligibility Rules
A student to be eligible for the ASABE Student Honor Award must:

-Be enrolled in a four- or five-year professional agricultural, food, or biological engineering curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree; or be enrolled in a four- or five-year ASABE approved agricultural mechanization curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in agricultural mechanization or its equivalent.

-Have attended the school where currently enrolled for a minimum of one academic year.

-Have earned at least a 2.5 (if an A is counted as 4.0 honor points), C+ or 75 percent average, as explained under Schedule of Award Points, for all work completed since the beginning of his freshman year.

-Be enrolled for a period of at least one academic year as a student member of ASABE and as a member of the local ASABE student engineering or mechanization branch.

-Have attended a minimum of two-thirds (2/3) of all scheduled meetings of his student branch since becoming a member of the branch, as shown by the secretary's attendance records.

-Have completed sufficient course work to enable them to graduate within four additional quarters if the school operates on a quarter system, or three semesters if on a semester system.

-Have not previously received the ASABE Student Honor Award.

-Have accumulated a minimum of 50 points, according to the Schedule of Award Points below.

Schedule of Award Points - obtained through the student's college career
Scholarship
A student, to be an eligible candidate for the ASABE Student Honor Award, shall have a minimum average in all work completed of C+, a 2.5 quality point or honor point ratio (where an A is counted as 4.0 points), or 75 percent, depending on the method of determining grade averages at the school they are attending. All course work completed from the beginning of the freshman year shall be considered.

If a student's average is above the minimum, they shall be given award points in accord with the following table:

Quality
point ratio

Percent

Award
points

Quality
point ratio

Percent

Award
points

2.5

75

2

3.3

83

18

2.6

76

4

3.4

84

20

2.7

77

6

3.5

85

22

2.8

78

8

3.6

86

24

2.9

79

10

3.7

87

26

3.0

80

12

3.8

88

28

3.1

81

14

3.9

89

30

3.2

82

16

4.0

90

32

       

or over

 

A student shall be credited with award points under AP-2, 3, and 4 below, whenever they satisfy a particular requirement. For example, if a student earns two varsity letters for athletics, they will be credited with 10 award points, AP-4(f).

Local ASABE Student Engineering or Mechanization Branch Activities
a. Offices in local Student Branch

   

Quarter

Semester

Year

 

President

10

15

20

 

Vice-President

6

9

12

 

Secretary-Treasurer

10

15

20

 

Secretary

6

9

12

 

Treasurer

4

6

8

 

Scribe or Reporter

4

6

8

 

Other elective offices

4

6

8

b.

Committee Chair:

     
 

Program Committee

3

4

6

 

Social

1

2

3

 

Membership or other

1

2

3

c. Field day: General chair, 6; vice general chair, 3; exhibit chief, 3 (examples - float, display, model display). Bonus for all committee members for exhibits placing in all-college or university-wide competition: 1st place, 6; 2nd place, 4; 3rd place, 2.

d. Special branch activities: For giving a prepared talk of at least 10 minutes on program (not to include committee reports), 2; for a year's perfect attendance at regular branch meetings, 10; for each full year of active branch membership, 4.

e. AEM Trophies Competition: Committee chair, 10; vice chair, 5. Bonus for all committee members for reports placing in national competition: 1st to 10th place, 10 to 1 (descending scale).

f. Branch publications (points are per year or in proportion thereto): Editor or business manager, 12; assistant editor or assistant business manager, 8; author of technical article, 6.

National ASABE Student Activities
a. Officers of National Council of Student Engineering Branches or National Council of Student Mechanization Branches: President, 15; vice president, 10; secretary, 10.

b. Publication of National Student Journal: Editor or business manager, 15; assistant editor or assistant business manager, 10; author of technical article, 6; report of branch activities, 3.

c. Branch delegate to national student meeting, 10.

d. Attendance at a society-wide ASABE annual meeting, 5.

e. Office held in an ASABE section, 5.

f. Giving prepared paper or talk at ASABE section meeting, 6.

g. Attendance at an ASABE section meeting, 2.

Campus Activities
a. Election to a national scholastic honor society, 5.

b. College publications: Editor or business manager, 12; associate or assistant editor or associate or assistant business manager, 8; other staff member, 3; author of technical articles, 6; author of non-technical articles (other than news reports), 4; news reports, 1.

c. Contests - college-wide or national: For entry in any contest as an individual (horse show, livestock judging, etc.), 3. Bonus, winning, 3.

d. For entering a paper in any essay or similar competition (such as ASABE Student Paper Award, etc.), 4. Bonus for winning 1st to 10th place, 10 to 1 (on a descending scale).

e. Student government: President of student body, 10; college class president, 8; other college wide office (unless office is held by virtue of some other office for which credit is taken elsewhere), 4.

f. Athletics: Varsity letter, 5; individual conference champion or member of championship first team, 5; member of intramural team, 1; member of league championship intramural team, 2; member college championship intramural team, 2.

g. Fraternal, campus civic, or veterans' organizations: President, 5; other elective office, 2.

h. Religious organizations: President of a student religious organization in college or nearby church, 5; other elective office, 2.

i. Cultural activities: Major role in dramatic production or lead in glee club, 5; supporting role in dramatic production, 3; member of stage crew for dramatic production, 3; member debate team, 5. Bonus for each debate won, 1.

Miscellaneous Activities
The faculty of any department of agricultural and/or biological engineering may set up an award scale with values comparable to the above schedule for any event of local importance, providing the total award points in such a scale does not exceed 25.

 

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