The Royal Domingo Student Essay Competition

Royal Domingo

Deadline: January 6, 2021

On-line application

Essay Competition Rubric

Student Essay Competition

Rules and Regulations


  •  Students enrolled in a radiography program holding current institutional ACERT membership


  • Applications are available on the ACERT website.
  • Applications must be forwarded to the ACERT Executive Committee, along with an electronic copy of the essay, on or prior to the submission deadline date (see application).


  • All essays must be original. (In the recipient’s own words)
  • Essay content must pertain to medical radiology or radiologic science
  • The body of all essays will be a minimum of _8_ pages with a maximum of _10_ pages. (Not including title page, abstract, reference page, or appendices)
  • The essay must follow either APA or AMA guidelines.
  • The body/running head of the essay must contain no evidence of the author’s identity, i.e., name, name of educational
  • Institution, name of medical institutions associated with, photographs, reference to instructors and/or physicians.
  • Manuscript rights will remain with the author. ACERT may publish any and all essay entries in the ACERT annual newsletter and/or on the ACERT website.


  • A minimum of 3 judges will rate each submission.
  • Judges may not rate essays from students of their own programs

The judges shall meet all the following criteria:

  • Current institutional or associate membership with ACERT
  • Current or retired ARRT registered radiologic technologists
  • Current or retired radiologic sciences educators
  • Familiar with the subject matter to be judged. (It is acceptable for a judge to use resource persons to comment on the validity of the technical content.)
  • Rating will be done using the ACERT Essay Competition Grading Sheet provided
  • The judges’ decisions are final.

Awards consist of:

  • First
  • Second
  • Third
  • These awards are made from conference funds unless a sponsor is found and are subject to change annually.
  • Awards will be announced and given to the recipients at the ACERT conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.