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Sorghum: Sustainable in a Changing World

SICNA 2022

Mark your calendar! The Sorghum Improvement Conference of North America (SICNA) is slated to be held March 28-30, 2022, at the Hyatt Regency in Dallas-Fort Worth (2334 N. International Pkwy, DFW Airport).

The 2022 SICNA Board members are Chuck Cielencki, Laura Mayor, Bonnie Pendleton and Ramasamy Perumal.


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 challenges and opportunities.

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Registration for SICNA 2022 is now open.


Registration Dates:

Register by Feb. 28—Early Bird Registration Rate – $550
March 1 – March 11—Registration Rate – $600
March 14—At The Event, Onsite Registration Only Rate – $650
Student Registration Fee – $175

Hotel Information:

Hyatt Regency DFW
2334 N. International Pkwy
Dallas, TX 75261

Group rate is $167
Reservation deadline is March 7


  • Transportation and Parking Guidelines

    Driving directions, parking, airport transportation and other information about the hotel available here.

  • Health and Safety Guidelines

    A note on health and safety guidelines from the venue. Information is subject to change.


The agenda for SICNA 2022 will be available soon.



The SICNA Conference invites submissions for the student competitions (oral and poster) and general research posters. Instructions are below for all submission opportunities.

Questions for the student competitions may be directed to Dr. Bonnie Pendleton at Students are encouraged to email Dr. Pendleton with a notice of interest to compete. 

Questions for the general attendee research poster may be directed to Dr. Gloria Burow at Attendees are encouraged to email Dr. Burow with a notice of interest to submit. 

Guidelines for Oral and Poster Presentations

  • For either oral or poster presentation, submit your abstract via the website submission form.
  • The deadline for submission of the abstract is March 11, 2022; 11:59 pm CST.
  • Students may enter either an oral presentation or a poster, but not both.

Student Oral Presentation:

  1. The session will be open to the public.
  2. Time allotted for each presentation: 10 minutes.
  3. Questions and answers: 2 minutes extra; approximately 3 or 4 questions; 2 from judges and 1 or 2 from audience.
  4. Participants are responsible for uploading their presentation HERE on or before March 11, 2022.
  5. All oral presentations must be in PowerPoint format.
  6. The speaker must also bring on a USB-drive the presentation saved as a PowerPoint or as a PDF on Monday, March 28.
  7. To determine the top three ranking participants, the committee will tally (add all scoring categories) scores; students with the highest three scores plus judges’ consultation/approval will advance to the Final Round on Tuesday, March 29 at 1:15 p.m.; scores during the preliminary round will not count for the Final Round.  The decision of the judges will be final in both the preliminary and final rounds.

Student and General Research Poster Poster Presentation:

  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 22 pt.
  4. Posters in the competition must be hung in place before 6:00 p.m., Monday, March 28.
  5. The author-presenter is requested to remain beside the poster during the breaks.
  6. The author-presenter is responsible for removing their poster by 2:00 p.m. March 30.

Student Oral and Poster Presentations will be evaluated and judged using the following criteria:

Criteria Points Details
Abstract 10 Format, grammar, and content

Abstracts shall not exceed 500 words.

Introduction and Rationale 15 Clearly stated, background with pertinent literature cited
Objectives/Hypothesis 5 Clearly stated and concise
Materials and Methods 15 Study design easily understood and concise
Results and Discussion 20 Analysis, interpretation, conclusion, future direction, and implications
Content and Mechanics 10 Grammar, style, and quantity of information
Appearance 15 Easily read, uncluttered, well-designed tables and figures, clear and relevant photos, and balanced layout
Oration 10 Voice, confidence, enthusiasm, and response to questions

Abstract shall not exceed 500 words.


Questions and Submissions

SICNA 2022 Event Organizer

For questions, please contact Sarah Sexton-Bowser at