The TCAFS Awards Programs is administered by the Awards Committee, a group that solicits and evaluates nominations and selects recipients for outstanding a variety of awards.
Best Presentation at the Annual Meeting
- Prior to the presentations, 4-6 judges will be picked and given evaluation sheets with the presentation criteria attached (see below).
- The judges will score the presentations based upon the presentation criteria. The judges will rank all presentations from 1 to n. The ranking of the presentations will be given to the committee chairperson at the end of the technical session.
- The Outstanding Presentation and Outstanding Student Presentation will be determined by the presentations with the highest average ranking given by the judges. If the Outstanding Student Presentation has the highest overall ranking, the student will receive both awards.
- The committee chairperson will keep the Outstanding Presentation confidential until the award presentation at the following annual Chapter meeting.
- Presentations will be judged upon the following
- Introduction (10 points) - Does it provide adequate justification for doing the study? Does it grab the attention of the audience, or lose them?
- Methods (10 points) - Is it clear what was done? Are methods described in too much or too little detail?
- Organization (10 points) - Does the presenter follow a clear, logical, and effective sequence that gets his/her point across and keeps the audience's attention?
- Orginiality (15 points) - This is a judgement of how close the content is to the "cutting edge" of fisheries or how innovative a researcher has been in designing/conducting a study.
- Technical Merit (20 points) - Were the study design and analyses appropriate? Do the interpretations come clearly from the results?
- Delvery (15 points) - Voice quality, enthusiasm, eye contact, articulation, etc.
- Visual Aids (15 points) - The judgement of their simplicity, comprehensibility, and effectiveness.
- Other Considerations (5 points) - Not an automatic category, save this for unique or extra things that a speaker has in his/her presentation (e.g., good use of humor or metaphors).
- Comments - The judges may feel free to make any comments he/she cares to - these may be used in the event of ties.
Best Student Presentation
|1990||Robert Clay Smith|
|1993||Maurice Muoneke (TPWD)|
|1995||Travis Kelsey (SWTSU)|
|1996||Robert Weller (TTU)
Robert D. Doyle (ACE)
|1997/1998||Gene Gilliland (ODWC)||Craig Paukert (OSU)|
|1999||Tim Bonner (TTU)||Tim Bonner (TTU)|
|2000||Gene R. Wilde (TTU)||Kenneth G. Ostrand (TTU)|
|2001||J. Warren Schlechte (TPWD)||Scott D. Hollingsworth (TTU)|
|2002||Jason Turner, Jay Rooker, Graham Worthy (TAMUG) and Scott Holt (UTMSI)|
|2003||Gregory Stunz (TAMUCC)||Monte Brown (TTU)|
|2004||Richard Kraus and David Secor (TAMUG)||Tracy Leavy (TXSTATE)|
|2005||Gregory Stunz (TAMUCC)||Julie Hulbert (TXSTATE)|
|2006||Gregory Stunz (TAMUCC)||Matt Chumchal (OU)|
|2007||Craig Bonds (TPWD)||Matthew Chumchal (OU)|
|2008||Matthew Chumchal (TCU)||Rodney Gamez (TAMUCC)|
|2009||Ray Drenner (TCU)||Ted Valenti (Baylor)|
|2010||Michael (Michi) Tobler (TAMU)||Ben Labay (TXSTATE)|
|2011||David Buckmeier (TPWD)||Sandra Bibiana Carrera (TAMU)|
|2012||Brad Littrell (Bio-West)||William Smith (TAMU)|
|2013||Ashley Oliver (Halff and Associates)||Tiffany Hedrick-Hopper (TTU)|