2016 Student Quiz Bowl
What’s new for Asheville 2016?
1) 2016 Student Chapter of the Year (SCOTY) Award: We are pleased to announce the fourth annual recognition of the most outstanding SFT student chapter. This award will be based on established criteria (see SCOTY application) and will focus on student involvement both at their respective schools as well as at the national meeting. The 2016 award is sponsored by Hagyard Equine Medical Institute with $1,000 awarded to the winning chapter, and $500 awarded for second place. The winning chapters will be announced at the Awards Dinner on Friday evening, July 29.
Action needed: Complete the one-page SCOTY application form at the end of the academic year (May 2016) and submit by June 1, 2016. Form and guidelines are available here.
2) Quiz Bowl: The Merck Student Quiz Bowl will be held during the Thursday evening Fun Night event in the exhibit hall. This event will feature teams of three students from each chapter and will include questions covering theriogenology in all species. The master of ceremonies for the competition will be Mr. Ron McDaniel, National Equine Sales Manager for Merck Animal Health and SFT cowboy poet laureate. Winning team members will each receive a personal prize as well as a cash award for their chapter ($300 for 1st place, $100 for 2nd) and points toward winning the 2016 SCOTY Award.
Action needed: Complete the Student Quiz Bowl application here by June 1, 2016 to reserve a spot for your team. Names of your team members should be confirmed at that time. Team members must be student SFT members that have completed either first, second or third year of vet school (sorry, new grads are not eligible for this event)!
Student Travel grants are available through the Theriogenology Foundation to those students who are presenting or participating on a Merck Student Quiz Bowl team in Asheville. Deadline for application is June 1. For more information click here.
3) T-shirt Design Competition: Student SFT clubs are becoming famous for their shirts. Does your SFT student chapter have a fun t-shirt design? Bring them to Asheville for the third-annual SFT T-shirt Design competition sponsored by Bovine Services, LLC!
Shirts will be on display in a central area at the meeting and all attendees will be given a ballot for voting. The chapter with the winning t-shirt design will receive a cash award ($300 for 1st place, $100 for 2nd) as well as points toward winning the 2016 SCOTY Award. Each chapter that participates will also have the option to sell their shirts during during the conference for extra fundraising dollars if they so choose. (If you offer shirts for sale during the conference, plan to have a student from your chapter responsible for this during exhibit hall hours.)
Cost: Two shirts
Action needed: Email SFT-Students@franzmgt.com by June 29, 2016 to confirm your chapter’s entry and reserve display space at the t-shirt booth. Bring two shirts (size L) to the meeting registration desk by noon on Thursday, July 28 for entry in the competition. After voting, shirts on display will be donated to the Theriogenology Foundation and used in the Silent Auction. The winning design will be announced at the Annual Awards Dinner on Friday evening, July 29, along with the Quiz Bowl winners and 2016 SCOTY Award winners.
4) Meeting Mentors: We plan to pair each student attendee in San Antonio with a seasoned SFT member. This will give them a great contact to chat with at the meeting and would be a wonderful networking tool for externships, etc. An informal "Meet Your Mentor” gathering will be held on Thursday at 3 pm to introduce students to their mentors..
Action needed: None. Students registered for the conference will automatically be assigned an SFT member as a meeting mentor.