GEF/Flint Group Technical Writing Competition

2015 GEF/Flint Group Technical Writing CompetitionWriting Contest

Flint Group



For Technical Achievement, encouraging scholarly inquiry into technical subjects related to the gravure printing process. 

Entry Deadline: May 1, 2015

Click here to download the 2015 GEF/Flint Group Technical Writing Competition Brochure and Entry Form.

Eligibility for Submitting:

All full-time college or university students in either an undergraduate or graduate program are eligible to submit technical research papers. All work must be completed prior to graduation.

Competition Guidelines:

  • Contestants submit technical research papers that address any aspect of gravure technology.
  • 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.
  • Introduction: 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).
  • Methodology: 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.
  • Results: 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.
  • References: Material citations are to be placed here. Whichever citation style is chosen should be used consistently throughout the work.
  • Appendix: 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.

Submission Format:

Competition submissions should be in both hard-copy and electronic formats, accompanied with a completed entry form.

Judging Criteria:

Only papers that are relevant to the gravure printing process will be reviewed. A panel of experienced persons in the gravure industry will be convened to evaluate the entries. Winning papers will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • 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.


Three winners will be selected.  In addition to a cash prize, all winners will receive the Award for Technical Achievement, which includes the following:

  • Invitation to 2015 Educators Breakfast
  • Publication of the paper on the GAAmericas website
  • Aclnowledgement in GravurExchange

Cash prizes will be distributed as follows:

  • Graduate Student Winner - $1,500
  • Undergraduate 1st Place Winner - $1,000
  • Undergraduate 2nd Place Winner - $500

Please note in the past, high-quality, non-winning papers were also selected for publication.

Congratulations to the 2014 Contest Winners

Graduate Winner - Shreyas Pathak, Western Michigan University

First Place Undergraduate Winner - Mallory Lee Mize, Cal Poly

Second Place Undergraduate Winner - Hannah Stombler-Levine, Cal Poly

Congratulations to the 2013 Contest Winners

Graduate Winner - Veronika Husovska, Western Michigan University, Microwave Suseptible Graphite Inks and Their Application in Food Packaging

Veronika Husovska obtained her M.S. degree from Paper and Imaging Science and Engineering at Western Michigan University in 2003.  After seven years within the ink and related industry, she took the opportunity to pursue her doctoral studies at WMU.  Her research is focused on the deinkability of inkjet printed media and recycling.  Veronkia's passion for inks allows her to stay within the field and she keeps formulating inks, nowadays mainly for printed electronics.  Her vision is to take advantage of this fast growing market.  Here plan is to graduate at the end of 2013.

First Place Undergraduate Winner - Kaley Hansen, Cal Poly

Kaley Hansen is a fourth-year Graphic Communication major at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, with a concentration of Design Reproduction Technology.  Her love of typography, lean design work and creativity make GrC the perfect major.  In her free time she loves to explore the Central Coast with her friends by going to the beach, hiking and running.  Kaley will be graduating this June and is excited to begin the next chapter of her life working at Oracle and living in the Bay Area.

Second Place Undergraduate Winner - Nicholas Gawreluk, Rochester Institute of Technology, The Future of Gravure within the New Transitions of Media Development

Nick Gawreluk is a senior at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) studying print media and business administration. His passion for print has spanned across the globe with Heidelberg internships in Germany and Brazil in addition to many unique work experiences inside the United States.  He enjoys sharing his insights and involvement within the industry and is always searching for new experiences.  Nick's goal is to lead his generation into the future of the printing industry.

Congratulations to the 2012 Contest Winners

  • Graduate Winner - Sughosh Bhore, Western Michigan University -Study of Gravure Printed Nano Silver by Thermal Drying and Intense Pulse Light (PIL)
  • First Place Undergraduate Winner - Rosie Bubb, CalPoly - The Exploration of Gravure in Photovoltaic Processes
  • Second Place Undergraduate Winner - Page Cornelison, Cal Poly - Iimproving the Wettability of Inks and Substrates of Gravure Printing
Congratulations to the 2011 Contest Winners
  • Graduate Winner - Awadhoot Shendye, Western Michigan University - Metamerism and Color Inconstancy for Spot Color Printing
  • First Place Undergraduate Winner - Daniel Triassi, CalPoly - Wallpaper
  • Second Place Undergraduate Winner - Tessa Libby, CalPoly - Efficient and Economical Production of Electronics: Gravure Printing to Manufacture Printed Electronics

Congratulations to the 2010 Contest Winners

  • Graduate Winner - Sangmule Sangameshwar, Western Michigan University - Digital Proofing of Spot Color for Specialty Printing
  • First Place Undergraduate Winner - Sarah Willis, CalPoly - Effects of Press Temperature on Print Quality
  • Second Place Undergraduate Winner - William Andrew Walker, Clemson University - Sleeves, Useful for More Than Just Arm Covers?