Herman & Myrtle Goldstein Graduate Student Paper Competition

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Oral Presentations will be made at the 2021 AATCC Textile Discovery Summit (formerly the International Conference) November 16-18 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel, Durham, North Carolina, USA.

The top four graduate entries will have 15 minutes to present their paper on-site at the Textile Discovery Summit. Graduate students will be required to be personally present at the summit and present their research to be considered for the competition.

Cash prizes will be awarded. Winners are recognized at the Awards Luncheon during the Textile Discovery Summit.

Graduate students who are AATCC members may enter the competition. Students are responsible for travel costs related to attending the Summit. See 2021 Guidelines for full competition details.

Students must fill out the Non-Exclusive Copyright Form to submit with their papers.

Entries are being sought for the 2021 Herman and Myrtle Goldstein Graduate Student Paper Competition. The oral portion of the competition will be held during the 2021 AATCC Textile Discovery Summit (formerly the International Conference) November 16-18 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel, Durham, North Carolina, USA. A completed official entry form must be submitted by July 2, 2021, to Kim Nicholson, AATCC, PO Box 12215, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-2215 USA; e-mail nicholk@aatcc.org. The official entry form is located on our website at www.aatcc.org.

COMPETITION GUIDELINES

I. Introduction

The Herman and Myrtle Goldstein Graduate Student Paper Competition, which is held under the auspices of the Education Advisory Board, is consistent with the goals and objectives of AATCC. The 2021 competition will consist of Graduate submittals only. Presentation of the student papers is a feature of each AATCC Textile Discovery Summit (formerly the International Conference). Papers will be included in the 2021 Textile Discovery Summit Proceedings.

II. Purpose and Scope

“To increase knowledge of the application of colorants, chemicals, and polymers in the Textile Industry.” “To encourage in any practical way research work on textile design and coloration, chemical processes, and materials of importance to the Textile Industry.”

“To establish for the members channels by which the interchange of professional knowledge among them may be increased.” (Quoted from the AATCC Constitution.)

To enhance the textile education experience for student members of AATCC. The intent is to encourage independent student research both within the USA and Internationally.

III. Participation

A project and appropriate results may be submitted by any graduate student who is a member of AATCC.

Graduate student entries must include work completed as a graduate. All papers will be prescreened by the competition chair to ensure that they meet 60% of the written evaluation total (maximum points achievable on the written manuscript are 120). The top four entries will be eligible to present their research at the AATCC Textile Discovery Summit. Individuals will have 15 minutes to present their paper on-site at the Association’s Textile Discovery Summit. Graduate students would be required to be personally present and present their research at the summit to be considered for the competition.

Graduate students will be judged based on their paper and on-site oral presentation. The student may seek the advice of persons in industry or academia, but the preponderance of the work should belong to the student and the role of these academic or industrial advisors or any other nonstudent must be no more than advisory. Therefore, nonstudents can only be listed on the byline as co-author with a notation in parenthesis that the nonstudent was an advisor to the work.

IV. Subject Matter

 The project may be on any subject matter that falls within the limitations set forth in the purpose and scope, and which provides elements of scientific value, practical value, and originality.

V. Preparation and Presentation

The preparation of the manuscript and other details of the technical paper shall be done in accordance with the requirements for manuscripts submitted for publication in AATCC Review. The length of the paper shall not exceed 10 pages as prepared for the “Proceedings” of the AATCC Textile Discovery Summit. The 10-page limitation includes all text, figures, tables, references and other matter in the paper. The final date for acceptance of papers is August 16, 2021. Papers arriving later than August 16, 2021 are not eligible for consideration in the competition. We will not accept corrections once the final paper has been submitted. Papers should be submitted in a Word Document and returned via email to nicholk@aatcc.org.

A non-exclusive copyright form containing the student and advisor’s signature must be submitted with the written manuscript.

For presentation, those students selected through pre-screening will be notified by October 6, 2021 and will have to prepare a 15-minute presentation to present on-site at the 2021 AATCC Textile Discovery Summit November 16-18, 2021 in Durham, North Carolina.

VI. Judging

Papers submitted will be pre-screened by the Chair of the Herman & Myrtle Goldstein Graduate Student Paper Competition Committee. They must score at least 60% or higher in the written part (maximum points achievable on the written manuscript are 120) before being judged by a panel of judges selected by the Chairs of the AATCC Interest Groups. The panel of judges will evaluate the pre-screened papers to select the top 4 papers for the competition. The selected students will be notified about their selection so they can prepare for the oral competition.

Judging will be based on both the written manuscript and the oral presentation. The maximum points achievable on the written manuscript are 120. The following is a breakdown of the scoring criteria:

Originality (30 total)

  1. Selection of Research Topic (10)
  2. Experimental Method (10)
  3. Conclusions (10)

Scientific Value (35 total)

  1. Proof (14)
  2. Technique (14)
  3. References (7)

Practical Value (30 total)

  1. Pertinence (10)
  2. Application (10)
  3. Ease (10)

Write-up (25 total)

  1. Clarity (9)
  2. Arrangement (8)
  3. Literary Merit (8)

Only those entries that consist of individual Graduate students will be considered for the student paper competition.

The maximum point value assigned to the oral presentation is 40. The judging criteria include:

  • Clarity of presentation (12 points),
  • Technical content (14 points),
  • Effective use of visual aids (10 points) and
  • Effective use of presentation time (4 points).

Oral presentations must only include material covered in the written manuscript, not any post work. If the oral presentation includes any work not included in the submitted written paper, it will constitute disqualification from the competition. Graduate students must be present on-site at the summit to make their oral presentation.

VII. Awards

Monetary awards will be given for the following: 1st place – $1,000.00
2nd place – $ 800.00 3rd place – $ 600.00 4th place – $ 400.00

 

  • Entries Deadline

    July 2, 2021
  • Final Papers Deadline

    August 16, 2021

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