Eligibility The SENIOR AUTHOR of a student paper must be a member of the Society, and the person presenting the paper must be registered at the Annual Meeting (except for invited papers) for papers to be accepted for the Proceedings.
For submitted papers, at least one author must be a member of FSHS.
Thus, a student does not need to be a FSHS member to present or co-author a paper. However, if not a member, they would register for the meetings at non-member prices, which is more than the cost of just becoming a student member of FSHS. They do need to be a member if they are the senior author.
Thus, the senior author is listed first on the title. Thus if a student did not want to become a member, they would pay the non-member registration price, and then be listed as the second author on the title/abstract/paper.
Below is the same information as found in the Call for Abstracts, but it is presented here to make it easier to find.
From Section III of the Call for Abstracts:
III. Student Competitions:
Student Best Oral Presentation Competition (SBOPC): The number of entries in the SBOPC is strictly limited to 15. Students need to indicate their participation in the competition at the time of abstract submission to the sectional VP. Acceptance in the competition is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Participants are judged on importance of the subject to Florida horticulture, scientific merit, organization, awareness of current literature, fluency, clarity of presentation, effective use of figures and tables, report of conclusions, completeness, timing, and response to questions. For more information on the SBOPC competition, contact Kelly Morgan at [email protected]
Student Best Paper Competition (SBPC): To participate in the SBPC, students must submit a manuscript (use author guidelines for the Proceedings of the FSHS) by email with the subject “Student Best Paper Competition” to [email protected] by May 18, 2018. Student papers will be published in the Proceedings of FSHS. Entries will be judged on relevance to Florida horticulture, scientific merit, experimental design rigor, literature review, completeness, and clarity. For more information on the SBPC competition, Kelly Morgan at [email protected]