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2013 GEF/Flint Group Technical Writing Competition
For Technical Achievement, encouraging scholarly inquiry into technical subjects related to the gravure printing process.
Entry Deadline: March 15, 2013
Click here to download the 2013 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.
- 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 strongly encouraged.
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.
Competition submissions should be in both hard-copy and electronic formats, accompanied with a completed entry form.
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 2013 Educators Breakfast
- Publication of the paper on the GAA website
- Aclnowledgement in GRAVURE Magazine
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 2012 Contest Winners
First Place Graduate Winner - Sughosh Bhore, Western Michigan University - Study of Gravure Printed Nano Silver by Thermal Drying and Intense Pulsie Light (PIL)
Sughosh Bhore is a first year graduate student at Western Michigan University. He has completed his Bachelors degree from PVGs COET, Pune University, India. He has worked for OMNOVA Sol. as a Research Assistant as well as at a Publishing and Printing firm in India for 2 years. He has been honored with several prestigious scholarships such as: Print Graphics Scholarship Foundation (2011), J N Tata Endowment (2011), Tata Chemical Golden Jubilee Foundation (2011), Jamsetji Tata (2012). For the curricular research, he is working with Dr. Margaret Joyce in Printed Electronics. Currently, he is working as summer intern in R&D at Sun Chemical, Carlstadt, NJ.
First Place Undergraduate Winner - Rosie Bubb, CalPoly - The Exploration of Gravure in Photovoltaic Processes
Rosie Bubb, California Polytechnic State University third-year student and Minnesota native, is pursuing her bachelor of science in Graphic Communication with a minor in Packaging. Having a fascination with print design and new applications for print, she is concentrating in Design Reproduction Technology and Graphics for Packaging. In addition to exploring print applications, she loves to explore the Central Coast via hiking, running, and sailing. This summer, she plans to merge her interests in travel with her knowledge of Graphic Communication through her graphic design internship with Southwest Airlines in Dallas.
Second Place Undergraduate Winner - Page Cornelison, CalPoly - Improving the Wettability of inks and Substrates of Gravure Printing
Paige Cornelison is from Susanville, California, where she lived with her parents, brother, and sister. She is now a 2nd year Graphic Communication major at Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo (and loves every minute of it!). She holds a concentration in Management, and is expected to graduate in June of 2013. Upon graduation, she would like to enter into the printing world, and is interested in a career related to quality control. Paige spends her extra time with her local church family, and likes to explore the beautiful Central Coast area with her boyfriend and friends.
Congratulations to the 2011 Contest Winners
- First Place 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
- First Place 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?