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.

2020 Emerging Scientist Contest Information


2020 AFGC Emerging Scientist Sponsor:

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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