SSSA PEDology Talk Contest

Soil Science Society of America

You may have seen an example of a TED talk. Now you have an opportunity to create one yourself. The Soil Science Society of America is sponsoring a competition around the 12 themes of the 2015 International Year of Soil. The audience for the talk will be the educated general public - those interested in science, college graduates, or those who work in non-science fields.

SSSA Themes of the 2015 International Year of Soil
Soils Sustain Life Soils are Living
Soils Support Urban Life Soils Support Health
Soils Support Agriculture Soils Protect the Natural Environment
Soils Clean and Capture Water Soils and the Products We Use
Soils Support Buildings/Infrastructure Soils and Climate
Soils Support Recreation Soils, Culture, and People


The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is holding a local competition open to all CASNR students. One undergraduate student entry and one graduate student entry from CASNR will be selected and submitted to the SSSA headquarters for the national competition and receive $100.

See PEDology evaluation criteria link

The top-ranked entry selected by SSSA will be invited to attend the 2015 SSSA Annual Meeting, to be held Nov. 15-18, 2015 in Minneapolis.

See Pedology Talks

The national winning entry will receive a $500 award from SSSA to support travel and other expenses. If the national winner is from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, the School of Natural Resources, the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, CASNR will cover any remaining excess travel expenses.

The deadline for submission of your PEDology Talk video for local campus competition and judging is May 1, 2015, with winning entries notified by May 15.

For more information, contact Dr. Martha Mamo and Dr. Dennis McCallister

Enter Contest and Submit Video

Submit your SSSA PEDology Talk video for campus judging by uploading your video and filling out the contest entry form below.

  • Choose a theme for your video from the 12 choices listed above.
  • Videos can be no longer than 3 minutes.
  • Fill out both forms in order to submit your video and enter the contest.
  • Please upload an MP4 formatted file.
  • Deadline: May 1, 2015




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