2018 Winners

Congratulations to our 2018 finalists, who presented their papers at ASABE's 2018 Annual International Meeting, held in Detroit, Michigan. The final placement was as follows:

1st Place –LeeAnn Johnston, Auburn University, The Ethical Dilemma Behind Antibiotics in Animal Feed
2nd Place – Kayla Kassa, North Carolina State University, One Design Does Not Fit All: Putting Ethics at the Top of the Bank
3rd Place – Cami Shands, Auburn University, Ethical Issues in Food Manufacturing: The Melamine Milk Scandal

The Competition


Open to undergraduate and graduate student members of ASABE and/or the Institute for Biological Engineering (IBE), entrants will submit an original essay of up to 1,500 words, choosing an ethics topic impacting the practice of professions related to agricultural and biological engineering, systems, or technology. Up to three finalists will be selected to present their papers at the next Annual International Meeting (AIM). The top three placements will earn cash awards as follows: $500 for 1st; $300 for 2nd; and $200 for 3rd. Each finalist will also receive one complimentary AIM registration.

Entry Deadline: April 15

Entry Requirements
• Must be an original, unpublished work – entries will be checked for plagiarism. 
• May not exceed 1,500 words. 
• Must be double-spaced, using Times New Roman, regular 11-point font, with pages numbered, and saved as a PDF.
• All entrants must be members of either ASABE or IBE at the time of submission.

The Fine Print
On the cover page only, include: 
• Name 
• ASABE or IBE membership number 
• Email address and telephone number 
• Name/location of the institution in which you are enrolled

Email your essay here no later than April 15. Finalists will be announced by May 1. To qualify for a cash award, finalists must present their papers at the next ASABE AIM. ASABE will cover the cost of meeting registration, if done so on or before the early bird registration deadline. Finalists are responsible for all related travel costs. 

Papers submitted to other ASABE student design competitions are not eligible.

ASABE reserves the right to publish entries in whole or in part in Society publications and online. ASABE also reserves the right to use photographs and videos, as well as entrant names, cities and states of residence, and university affiliations without compensation, notification, or permission, for the purpose of advertising and promoting the competition. Further, ASABE expressly disclaims any responsibility and entrants agree to release, indemnify, and hold ASABE harmless for liability, damages, or claims for injury or loss to any person or property (including death) relating to participation in this competition.