Want to impress your current or potential employers with your strategic thinking & communication skills? Want to have fun doing it and possibly win a cool prize?
Contestants working solo or in groups of two will select an controversial issue (e.g. wild horses and burros, sage grouse, off-road vehicle recreation, mineral extraction, post-fire grazing) then video a communication role-playing scenario. A team of judges comprised of working field professionals from NRCS, BLM, USFS, Extension, and an NGO or two will judge your submissions based on a rubric. The top three scoring teams in each division (freshman/sophomores; juniors/seniors; young professionals) will receive cool prizes (i.e. field equipment), and possibly their video showed at the SRM annual conference award ceremony. (If not we will post videos to YouTube with your permission.)
Think of how many people attend the SRM awards. Think how many are in positions to hire or influence hiring. Even if you don’t have a winning video, hiring managers and influencers will be judging your video! You don’t want to miss out on this!
The 2021 URME will be online to reach as many students as possible. The exam platform is still being determined, stay tuned to future Range Flashes and website updates. If you have questions please contact Justin Derner.
This competition will be hosted this year virtually through a Zoom session. The topic will be distributed to each participating team by November 1st, giving all teams equal time (roughly one semester) to work on the project. The topic will be posted in SRM member resource news and will be distributed electronically among SRM sections and the student conclave.
Each team will present their approach/solution in poster format during a zoom session at or before the SRM meeting. The poster session will be open to meeting attendees and judges will be circulating during the session. Posters will be limited to 36 by 48 inches, preferably landscape orientation.
Rules and Regulations:
1. At least one student must be present at the Zoom session to present their project and address questions; all team members are encouraged to be present if space permits. The mentor is encouraged to be present at the poster session as well, but the team will not be penalized if the mentor is unable to attend the poster session.
2. Each institution may enter two teams.
3. There will be 5 judges with different affiliations (i.e. government agencies, private industry,
university faculty, agricultural producers) to reduce bias in the judging.
4. Scores will be based on the Judging and Scoring criteria as agreed upon by competition officials. Criteria will be distributed to the teams prior to the competition.
5. Final scores will be calculated by eliminating the highest and lowest scores for each team and adding the remaining three scores. In the event of a tie, rankings of tied teams will be decided by judges’ consensus.
November 1, 2020: Guidelines and Rangeland cup topic posted on rangelands.org
December 15, 2020: Teams registered via Google Forms link
February 1, 2021: Teams email poster in PDF format to Alex Orozco-Lopez and Kevin Kunkel, Committee Chairs
Identification of plants is going virtual this year too. As we approach the annual meeting look for more detailed information about how this competition will take place. If you have questions about the format of the competition please contact Barry Irving.
Chapter Web Display
Each University or College Chapter/Club elects to create a website (this can be an actual website, blog, or facebook account) and develop an online presence that promotes:
1) Their club.
2) Rangeland science.
3) Their university
4) The theme of the Annual Meeting for that year, once announced.
If you have questions about how your club/chapter can participate please contact Kim Gibbs.
Undergraduate Paper Session
The deadline to submit abstracts was November 10, 2020.
Contact Loreen Allphin (801) 422-5603) if you need information or have questions.
Undergraduate Extemporaneous Speaking
These 5-7 minute presentations will be given virtually. More information will be provided, stay tuned to future Range Flash announcements. If you have questions about the contest in general please contact Marji Patz.
Graduate Student Paper & Poster
Graduate students presentations are imbedded in the technical sessions along with professionals and academics. This contest offers graduate students an opportunity to compete in the presentation of their research in technical paper and poster sessions throughout the week. The four categories are M.Sc., Oral; M.Sc, Poster; Ph.D., Oral; and Ph.D., Poster. First and second prizes will be awarded in each category. Please contact Marc Horney if you have questions about anything related to this competition.