Gravure Endowment Fund Technical Writing Awards
The premier professional organization in gravure printing since 2013
Understanding that a technical field like gravure printing can only advance as well as it communicates, the GAA, assisted by the Print & Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF), in partnership with Interprint and Fres-co System USA, conducts a technical writing contest for those who research, study, and work to make advancements or present new realizations in the field of gravure.
Eligibility for Submitting:
All full-time college or university students in either an undergraduate or graduate degree program approved by GAA/PGSF may enter the competition. Papers may be submitted by graduating students as long as the work is completed prior to graduation.
- Contestants submit technical research papers that address any aspect of gravure technology. Only papers that are relevant to the gravure printing-process will be reviewed.
- The selected topic must be addressed comprehensively and in detail.
- Use of graphs and illustrations is required.
Technical Paper Organization:
The formal write-up for each Technical Writing submission should be organized as follows:
- Executive Summary:
A brief summary of the problem, solution, and recommendations. The summary should be less than 300 words.
A description of the problem at hand and the possible courses of action that could be taken. The introduction should not include any technical or numerical data (or a minimum of such data).
A description of the problem data and the modeling techniques that will be used to solve the problem. This section is where the bulk of the technical and numerical data belongs.
The results should be presented in a clear, easy-to-understand format.
- Concluding Remarks:
This is where the case is “wrapped-up.” State that you have adequately addressed the problem at hand, discuss implementation of the solution, and state whatever concerns you may have about the recommended course of action.
Material citations are to be placed here. Whichever citation style is chosen should be used consistently throughout the work.
Extra material such as pictures, graphs, etc., should be placed in this section.
Paper length should be approximately 10 pages or less excluding graphics and appendix. Microsoft Word document, 11 pt. font, double-spaced, and 1-inch margins.
A panel of gravure industry representatives with extensive technical knowledge and experience is convened to determine the following:
- The relevancy of the topic to gravure
- The depth and comprehensiveness of the research
- The organization of material
- The clarity of presentation
Read Technical Writing: A Judge’s Perspective, to learn what the judges are looking for when judging entries
Entries are due in Spring of each year. To see the next submission deadline or to submit your own paper, follow the link below.
What is the award? Three winners will be selected. In addition to a cash prize, all winners will receive the Technical Achievement Award, which includes the following:
- Acknowledgement of the winning paper in GravureExchange
- Posting of the winning papers on the GAA Website, www.gaa.org
- Added Bonus: One of the first place winners will also receive an all expense paid trip to a GAA Conference, as determined by the panel of judges.
Cash prizes will be distributed as follows:
- Graduate Student Winner – $1,500
- 1st Place Winner – $1,000
- Undergraduate 2nd Place Winner – $500