Your proposal matters!
It is the only thing reviewers will see. You know your topic inside and out, but the reviewer doesn’t. Proposals are blindly reviewed by subject area resources specialists using three overarching criteria: general application, practice of forestry, and audience appeal. Each criterion is weighted uniformly on a scale of 1 to 5.
Clarity: The thought/expression/concept is reasonable and comprehensible across the proposal.
Originality: Reports preliminary or novel results on limited data sets or applications of existing methodologies to new areas.
Practice of Forestry
Scientific Approach: Outlines the problem, hypothesis, methodology, application, results, and analysis.
Practical Application: Bridges the gap between science and decision making in the field and among stakeholders.
Learning Objectives: Describes what a participant will be able to demonstrate, explain, identify, establish, outline, etc.
Outcome: Defines the long-term consideration of impact and/or implications of session attendance.
Appeal: Is of interest to a number of diverse participants and/or contributes appreciably to professional development.