OPEN ONLY TO RESEARCH CONDUCTED OUTSIDE THE U.S. AND SUBMITTED BY A PRIMARY AUTHOR (STUDENT OR PROFESSIONAL) WHO IS A NON-U.S. CITIZEN.
Deadline for submission of abstracts: December 7, 2010 at 4pm Central Time
The International Division Research Paper Competition, named in honor of George F. Stewart (1967-68 IFT President), was inaugurated as part of IFT’s 50th Anniversary Celebration in 1989. The competition is administered by the IFT International Division.
The purpose of the competition is to recognize food science and technology research conducted in countries other than the United States of America. The International Division encourages professionals and students entering the International Paper Competition to think on global food science and technology issues and the needs of all people in the world. We expect this competition will help IFT reach its goal of becoming a global organization, promote the diversity of opportunities and needs in a shrinking world, and recognize the diverse and rich research skills of the international members of IFT.
How to Enter
All entries must comply with the “Call for Abstracts Submission Guidelines” at www.ift.org.
The research must be conducted by a primary author who is a non-U.S. citizen, and the research should be conducted outside the United States. This competition is open to students and professionals.
A primary author can submit no more than one paper in the competition. At least one author must be a member in good standing of IFT or an IFT Allied Organization. Entry in the competition is requested by checking the appropriate box during online submission at http://www.ift.org. Participation in the International Research Paper Competition does NOT preclude participation in other Annual Meeting competitions. (The authors must choose one IFT Division that will review the competing abstract for acceptance at the Annual Meeting. This choice includes the International Division or any of the IFT Divisions.)
The authors must send a curriculum vitae for the first author, a brief description of the research center where the work was performed, and an additional copy of the abstract to the Chair of the International Research Paper Competition Jury:
Professor Elena Castell-Pérez, Dept of Biological & Agricultural Engineering, 303G Scoates Hall, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-2117, USA, College Station, TX, phone: (979) 862-7645, fax: (979) 845-3932, E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
Only abstracts accepted for presentation by the Scientific Program Subcommittee will be evaluated by the International Paper Competition Jury. Each abstract will be judged using the following criteria: (a) Research relevance; (b) Research quality; (c) Materials and methods used; (d) Discussion of results and conclusions; and (e) Clarity of presentation. The Jury will use a point system to differentiate author career stage and research resources available.
NOTE: Papers that have already been published or submitted to peer-reviewed journals or to other meetings will be disqualified from this competition.
As a result of the abstract evaluation, the jury will select up to five entries and finalists. The first author will be advised of his/her selection no later than April 1, 2011. Finalists must prepare a full paper following the format required by the Journal of Food Science. Check out our web site for the submission information: http://members.ift.org/IFT/Pubs/JournalofFoodSci/jfsmanuscripts/. Submission of the paper does not lead to a review for publication. This paper must be submitted no later than May 1, 2011, to the Chair of the International Research Paper Competition Jury, Professor Elena Castell-Pérez, for evaluation by five judges. Contact information forProfessor Elena Castell-Pérez is listed in the previous section.
The names of the finalists will be announced during the International Division Luncheon at the Annual Meeting. Selection of the winners will be made soon after all finalists have presented their work (poster) at the IFT Annual Meeting.
Awards and Recognition
The first-, second-, and third-place winners receive $700, $500, and $200, respectively. All five finalists will be recognized at the International Division Luncheon and will receive certificates of recognition. The five finalists will also receive a free one-year personal subscription to one of Elsevier’s food science journals.
The primary author will receive complementary one-year membership in the International Division. In the case of a winning paper authored by two or more persons, the Institute of Food Technologists and the organizers of the George F. Stewart International Research Paper Competition, assume no responsibility regarding the manner in which the cash prize is distributed by the coauthors among themselves, except that funds are to be distributed only to authors residing outside the U.S. If the winners cannot be present at the International Division Luncheon where the prizes will be awarded, such prizes will be forwarded to them by IFT.
The accomplishments of Dr. George F. Stewart, the generous contributions of the competition sponsor, and the competition finalists will be recognized at the Phi Tau Sigma reception and Award Ceremony sponsored by the Phi Tau Sigma Honorary Society at the Annual Meeting. The International Division home page will also announce the finalists and include the research abstract and pictures.