Emerging Scientist Competition

The Emerging Scientist competitors must not have completed their last degree more than one year prior to July 1 of the year they participate. If an academic rank is held, it can be no higher than Assistant Professor.

  • The participant must be senior author of the competition paper and must not have placed in the top three in any previous AFGC Emerging Scientist Oral competitions.
  • B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. students' graduates are eligible to participate.
  • Nominations must be made by a current professor.
  • Nominees who are not selected to participate in the oral competition will be given the option to participate in the poster competition.

⇒ 2022 Emerging Scientist Contest Information

2022 Emerging Scientist Nomination Form (coming soon)


2021 AFGC Emerging Scientist Sponsor:

2021 Winners
Oral Competition:

1. Russell Carrell, Auburn University

2. Jordan Cox-O'Neill, North Carolina State University

2020 Winners
Oral Competition:

1. Shelby Gruss, Purdue University

2. Kaylyn Groce, University of Georgia

3. Katie Mason, Auburn University

Poster Competition:

Sarah Shoup, Auburn University

2019 Winners
Oral Competition:

1.Aubrey Jaqueth

2.Taylor Hendricks

3.Sam Ingram

Poster Competition:

Sarah Jane Thomsen, Virginia 

2018 Winners
Oral Competition:

1. Eric Billman, Mississippi State

2. Morgan Pyles, UK

3. Michelle DeBoer, Univ of Minnesota

Poster Competition:

1. Devan Catalano, Univ of Minnesota 

2. AnnMarie Riley, UK

3. Veronica Bill, UK

2017 Oral Competition Winners:

1st Place--Deidra Harmon

2nd Place--Paige Smart

3rd Place--Gabe Pent

2017 Poster Competition Winners:

1st Place--Kelly Mercier, Virginia Tech

2nd Place--Smriti Pehim Limbu, North Carolina State University

3rd Place--Taylor Hendricks, University of Georgia


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