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Award of Merit Competition

Award of Merit Rules and Regulations
 
Awards
First Place          $150.00 Cash Award
Second Place     $100.00 Cash Award
Third Place         $  50.00 Cash Award
 
Eligibility
 
1.  Radiologic Science, Radiation Therapy, Ultrasound, and MRI students in an accredited Radiologic Science or Medical Imaging Program are encouraged to enter this competition.
 
2.  The student must be a TSRT member by January 16, 2018 and at the time of the 2018 Annual Meeting.  TSRT online membership applications can be found at www.tsrt.info
 
3.  The following individuals/groups are prohibited from entering this competition:  Companies, School Employees, Faculty Members, Educators, TSRT Board Members, Judges, and Companies/Individuals with TSRT Contracts. 

Students registered in any primary medical imaging modality (Radiography, Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Therapy, etc.) regardless of enrollment status, will be qualified as a registered technologist: therefore, the individual is ineligible to compete with non-registered student technologists.  This standard will be applied according to the status during the time of competition.
 
4.  TSRT reserves the right to limit the number of manuscripts for this competition to 25.  The first 25 manuscripts that meet the Rules/Regulations criteria will be accepted.  Educators and students will be notified of any limitations via email by February 16, 2018.
   
Application
 
1.  The student must complete an online Application for Award of Merit Competition.
 
2.  The student must email manuscript/reference page in Microsoft Word only format to tsrt@runbox.com  Email should be labeled with the student's name and competition name in the subject line. This email must include: 1) the manuscript/reference page 2) a letter from your Program Director verifying your student status.  Email must be dated between January 16 and February 15, 2018. 
 
3.  The student must be registered and in attendance at the Annual Meeting to be considered for an award.
 
4.  A student may submit only one manuscript during the 2018 Annual Meeting and only one (1) student author per manuscript.
 
Manuscript
 
1.  Manuscripts submitted for the Award of Merit Competition shall become the property of the TSRT.
 
2.  The manuscript must be Microsoft Word, double-spaced, and typed using one (1) inch margins on all sides.  Acceptable font styles are Arial, Times, New Roman, or Courier at a 12 font size.
 
3.  All graphs, photos, and illustrations must be placed at the end of the manuscript and cited within the text.
 
4.  Materials must be original compositions of the student/author and must reflect that research of the subject matter had taken place.
 
5.  Proper credit must be given when using quotations for all copied materials including charts, photographs, drawings, etc.  Plagiarism of any type will result in disqualification.  Your reference page shall be at the end of the manuscript and emailed to TSRT as one unit.
 
6.  The manuscript must not have been previously published or submitted at any previous TSRT or ASRT meetings.
 
7.  The manuscript must be written entirely by the student.
 
8.  The manuscript must be at least five (5) pages and not exceed ten (10) pages.  This does not include the cover page or reference page.
 
9.  The quality of the manuscript must demonstrate proper use of grammar and sentence structure.
 
10.  The manuscript must consist of three major parts: the introduction, the body, and the summary.  The manuscript should introduce an idea or thought, make a point or draw a conclusion, and then summarize the points.
 
11.  The manuscript must include 10 multiple choice questions with an answer key.
 
Judging
 
1.  The President and Vice President of TSRT will appoint the judges for the Award of Merit Competition.  Only the President and Vice President of the TSRT shall know the names of the judges.  There will be a minimum of three (3) judges selected for the final judging of the competition.  The judges are responsible to the President and Vice President and their decisions shall be final.
 
2.  Judges will review the manuscript to see if it meets TSRT Rules/Regulations criteria.
 
3.  Judges scores will reflect the following topics:
  • The introduction of new procedures or techniques
  • Evidence of research demonstrated
  • Bibliography included
  • Proper credit given to copied or referenced material
  • Orderliness and clarity of thoughts or ideas
  • Practical value to technologists
  • Usage of proper grammatical structure to include correct spelling
  • Level of difficulty of subject matter

4.  The maximum score a manuscript may receive from each judge is 360 points.  Only the Vice President of TSRT and/or Award of Merit Coordinator will know the number of points accumulated for each manuscript.

Award of Merit Coordinator Duties

1.  The Award of Merit Coordinator is responsible for the revision/distribution of the Rules and Regulations for the 2018 Award of Merit Competition and the receipt of all manuscripts submitted for the competition.

2.  The coordinator along with the TSRT Executive Office Manager will verify the TSRT membership of each student and that the email dates of the application is between January 16 and February 15, 2018.

3.  The coordinator will notify an applicant by letter/email if the manuscript has any obvious violations of the Rules/Regulations.  Judges will have final say if a manuscript does not meet the criteria of the competition.

4.  The coordinator will email the author if the application/manuscript is dated too early or too late or if the students TSRT membership cannot be verified.  Deadlines are firm.

5.  Names of the authors of the manuscript authors will not be released until the judging results are completed and received by the President and Vice President.

Questions

Any questions regarding the eligibility of an applicant's manuscript that cannot be settled by the Award of Merit Coordinator must be submitted to the President of the TSRT.  If not satisfactorily settled by the President, eligibility status will be decided by the TSRT Board of Directors and Officers and their decision shall be final.

Presentation of Awards

1.  Ribbons shall be place on the award-winning manuscripts on the 6th of April 2018.  Winners are encouraged to attend the Awards Presentation.  Their names will be announced and ribbons/cash awards will be presented.

2.  If the winning student is unable to attend the Awards Presentation, their ribbon/cash award will be mailed to the Program Director of the recipient's educational institution.  It will be the responsibility of the director/institution to forward and distribute the award to the recipient.


Award of Merit Competition Online Application

Deadline Date is February 15, 2018

Title of Manuscript
Name of Student Author
Email
Mailing Address
City/State/Zip
Home Phone with Area Code
Cell Phone with Area Code
I am a student in an accredited Radiologic Science Program.
I am a technologist in an advanced accredited Radiologic Science Program
TSRT Membership ID Number
TSRT Membership Expiration Date
Name of School
Name of Program Director
Program Director's Email
I attest to have read and know the above Award of Merit Competions Rules and Regulations. I understand and agree to abide by these rules and regulations governing the Award of Merit Competition.