March 23-25, 2020 Dallas, Texas


The Sorghum Improvement Conference of North America's mission is to promote communication and collaboration in research and development among sorghum researchers and stakeholders in cooperation with universities, research centers, public institutions and private entities. It strives to link scientists and researchers with sorghum producers and industry representatives to help drive innovation and discovery in response to the industry's greatest challenges.


Register for SICNA 2020 to be held March 23-25 in Dallas, Texas.



View the complete agenda here once it has been finalized.

Abstract submissions

Guidelines for Student Oral and Poster Presentations: 2020 Sorghum Improvement Conference of North America

  • For either oral and poster presentation, submit your abstract via the website submission form.
  • The deadline for submission of abstracts is: March 10, 2020; 11:59, CST.
  • Students may enter either an oral presentation or a poster, but not both.
  • Please direct questions or inquiries to Dr. Bonnie Pendleton or Dr. Gloria Burow

  1. The session will be open to the public.
  2. Presentation time allotted for each participant: 10 minutes
  3. Question and answer: 2 minutes extra – approximately 3-4 questions—2 from judges and 1-2 from audience.
  4. Please send your PowerPoint presentation via email as an attachment to Dr. Bonnie Pendleton on or before March 20, 2020.
  5. All presentations must be in PowerPoint format.
  6. The speaker must also bring the presentation on a USB-drive with the presentation saved as PowerPoint or as pdf before 2 p.m. on Monday, March 23
  7. To determine the top 3 participants, the committee will tally (add all) the judges’ scores; students with the highest 3 scores + judges consultation/approval will advance to the Final Round on Tuesday, March 24; scores during the preliminary round will not count for the final round. The decision of the judges will be final.

  1. The session will be open to the public.
  2. The maximum allowable poster size is 40 inches wide by 48 inches tall.
  3. The recommended minimum font size is 22pt
  4. Posters in the competition must be hung in place before 6 p.m., Monday, March 23.
  5. The author-presenter is requested to remain beside their poster during the breaks and during the meeting’s poster session on Tuesday, March 24.
Poster submissions will be evaluated and judged using the following criteria
Abstract10Format, grammar, and content
Introduction and Rationale15Clearly stated, background with pertinent literature cited
Objectives / Hypothesis5Clearly stated and concise
Materials and Methods15Study design easily understood and concise
Results and Discussion20Analysis, interpretation, conclusion, future direction, and implications
Content and Mechanics10Grammar, style, and quantity of information
Appearance15Easily read, uncluttered, well-designed tables and figures, clear and relevant photographs, and balanced layout
Oration10Voice, confidence, enthusiasm, and response to questions





past proceedings

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