2014 CUTC Poster Contest Offers Innovations in Corn Utilization

A successful Corn Utilization and Technology Conference concluded yesterday with the presentation of awards recognizing the top entries in the Gary Lamie Graduate Student Poster Competition, sponsored by the Indiana Corn Marketing Council.

"The National Corn Growers Association is pleased to lend our support, encouragement and a cash stipend to young researchers," said NCGA Research and Business Development Action Team Chair Tom Mueller during the awards presentation. "Clearly, corn offers a variety of solutions for many of today's problems, and we are honored to play a small role in recognizing the scholarly efforts that will help expand corn utilization."

This year's contest attracted 22 student entries. A panel of industry and academic experts evaluated the posters on their relevance to the corn industry, scientific originality, viable and supportable conclusions and oral and visual presentation. The judges reviewed entries that detailed research well above average in their significance to the industry. Due to the impressive quality of the entries, multiple rounds of judging were necessary to select the winners.

Lei Fang, also of Iowa State University, took first place in the contest. The second-place award was presented to Iowa State University student Fengdan Chang. Third place was awarded to Arati Santhanakrishnan, who is a student at Michigan State University. Click here for more information.

Held on a biennial basis, CUTC is recognized as an important forum for exchanging ideas and networking with an international audience of experts from agricultural industry, academia, associations and government.

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