Past President & Fellow Norm Scott (second from left) stands ready to award the winners, while BSGRA committee chair Kaushlendra Singh (far right) looks on.

2021 Winners

PhD Category
1st Place
Guoming Li, Iowa State University, Development and Optimization of a Deep-Learning-Based Egg Collecting Robot

2nd Place
Tasmin Hossain, North Carolina State University,  The Nth-Plant Scenario for Blended Feedstock Conversion and Preprocessing Nationwide: Biorefineries and Depots

3rd Place
Nitesh Kasera, North Carolina State University, Effect of Surface Modification by Nitrogen-Containing Chemicals on Morphology and Surface Characteristics of N-doped Pine Bark Biochars

MS Category
1st Place
Kushal KC, Ohio State University, Assessment of the Spatial and Temporal Patterns of Cover Cropping Practices in the Western Lake Erie Basin

2nd Place
Jacqueline Welles, North Carolina State University, Lagoon Logistics; Flood Vulnerability Assessment of Eastern NC Industrial Swine Operations

3rd Place
Suman Budhathoki, Auburn University, Using X-Ray Computed Tomography to Quantify Variability in Soil Macropore Characteristics in Pastures

Past Winners

The Competition
The Boyd-Scott Graduate Research Award is to recognize excellence in the conduct and presentation of research to build the knowledge base needed by engineers who design equipment, facilities, and processes for the sustainable operation of a biological system.

Contestants are required to be a member of ASABE.

Entry Deadline: March 15

The Boyd-Scott Graduate Research Award consists of a written competition, and an oral competition held during the ASABE Annual International Meeting. Judges will select three M.S. finalists and three Ph.D. finalists from the written competition who will then be invited to present their research before judges at a scheduled technical session held during the ASABE Annual International Meeting. The six finalists' meeting registration will be waived.

Cash prizes of $500, $300, and $200 will be awarded to the top three finishers in each category after the meeting.

Entry Form must be submitted with properly formatted paper. Please see guidelines below for formatting requirements.

2. Organization of Paper - Students are advised to adhere to the following guidelines when preparing their research paper entries:

a. Organization of the research paper must conform to the guidelines published by ASABE for refereed journals. Access the Guide for Authors for information concerning journal manuscript submission and formatting.

b. The entire research paper entry, including all figures, list of references and appendices, must not exceed 20 pages.

c. Some graphics (figures and tables) do not print or download well so students are encouraged to produce their graphics in black-and-white format.

3. Submit entry form and research paper as a PDF file. It is the entrant's responsibility to verify that the converted file appears as intended. Send to the Awards Administrator

4. Scoring - Click here to see the judging criteria and allocation of points.

For the current competition, all entries must be submitted via e-mail to the Awards Administrator by March 15th.