Graduate Student Program

Grad Students - there's so much happening at the Annual Meetings. Read on!

Not sure what to expect?  Check out this article by grad student, Rachel Owen, about her 2014 experience.

or this one on 6 Ways to Stand Out at a Conference.


Graduate Student Sessions

Plan to attend these sessions of interest for grad students:

Graduate Student Networking Session-Building Professional Relations - Sunday 4:00-6:00, MCC L100 GH

Women in Science Networking Breakfast - Monday 6:15-8:00 am, MCC Seasons

So what's Next: A Panel Discussion on Career Opportunities for Graduate Students - Monday, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm, MCC L100 GH

Women in Science "Breaking the Bias Habit" Workshop - Tuesday, 2:00 - 5:00 pm, MCC 102 A-F (additional workshop fee)

Early Career Sessions


2015 Grad Student Dates and Deadlines

October 5. Internship selections are made. Emails go out.

October 21. Standard Registration Rate Deadline. (Price increases another $80)

November 14. Leadership Conference begins.

November 15. Annual Meeting begins.


Student Internships

The deadline has been extended. The rest of the shifts will be filled on a first come-first served basis. Apply today to get an internship.

Want to contribute to the success of the annual meetings and earn cash? Sign-up now to help ASA, CSSA, SSSA staff with various meeting activities

The internship program is open to post-docs, graduate, and undergraduate student members of the Societies. Nonmember students wishing to become a member may join at,, or Membership is available at a low cost to students.

Interns will receive $50 for four (4) hours or $100 for eight hours (8) of service. Compensation will be made after the annual meetings. Preference will be give to students who can work longer shifts or multiple shorter shifts.

Selected interns will be notified of their positions by October 5, and will be required to "accept" their position within 2 weeks. If selectees, do not respond, their positions will be offered to other applicants. Students who are not selected will be notified after all positions are officially filled.

Questions can be directed to

Sign up by September 30 (or until all slots are filled)!

Available Positions:

  • Science Festival - Help set up and tear down the tables at the Minnesota Science Museum. Share displays and experiments with children and families visiting the museum. (Travel time will be compensated, a bus is available.) New this year!
  • CCA Continuing Education Sign-in - Be responsible for sign-in sheets for CEU credit, distribute and collect sheets and bring them to central location.
  • Convention Center Host - Stand in strategic areas of convention hall and answer questions for attendees. All Hosts must attend training on Sunday morning at 8am.
  • Registration: Self-serve Kiosk Assistant -  Introduce attendees to and help them use the self-serve kiosk to print badges. New this year!
  • Registration: Runner - Assist staff at the registration desk with program books, badge holders, and other duties as needed. New this year!
  • Career Center - Introduce attendees to the career website and assist staff at the career center with job postings and other duties as needed. New this year!


Elevator Speech Contest


Often, we only have approximately 45 seconds to make an impression.  Those seconds are often referred to as your "elevator speech."  Therefore, we're giving you the opportunity develop and hone your skills with our Elevator Speech contest.  This fun, yet practical, competition will be held on Tuesday, November 17.  Contestants will have 45 seconds (and only 45 seconds) to concisely yet conversationally talk about who they are and their research.  The contest will be held Tuesday, November 17, 2015: 05:30 PM - 06:45 PM, Minneapolis Convention Center, 101 C. 

Not competing?  Attend and cheer on the participants!

Science Policy Luncheon

All grad student attendees invited to participate
Tuesday, Nov. 17, 12:00-1:30pm
Location: Hilton Minneapolis, Minneapolis Ballroom D

The Science Policy Luncheon will give attendees the knowledge and tools to more effectively engage in science policy. Receive an “advocacy 101” lesson and learn why it’s so critical for scientists and grad students to engage in advocacy. Learn about the advocacy activities offered through the Science Policy Office and hear from a panel of members and associates engaged in science policy. Annual Meeting attendees can register for the Luncheon here. Lunch generously provided by Monsanto.

Diversity Student Poster Competition

One of the major objectives of the Graduate Student Poster Awards Program sponsored by the Diversity in Agronomy, Crops, Soils and Environmental Sciences Committee (ACS528) is to recognize outstanding ASA, CSSA, and SSSA posters presented at the 2015 Annual Meetings by graduate students from under-represented groups.

Poster abstracts must have been submitted to the appropriate community or division within the Societies AND to the ACS528 Committee (Dedrick Davis (; Elica Moss (; Mark Ibekwe ( following the regular electronic submission procedures and deadlines. Acknowledgment of receipt from the Diversity Committee indicates successful abstract submission and inclusion in the Diversity Poster Competition.

Submitted posters will be evaluated using the following criteria by a panel of judges selected by the ACS528 Committee:

1. originality and impact of study,

2. content and clarity of information, and

3. quality of presentation.

Winners will be recognized during the Gateway Scholars Orientation on Tuesday, November 17,  8:30 AM (please refer to the program schedule for room/hall location). They will receive Certificates and monetary awards of $300, $250, and $200 for first, second and third places, respectively.

Completed posters must be received electronically by the ACS528 Committee no later than Thursday, October 30, 2015 for full consideration. For additional information, please contact Mark Ibekwe, (Chair, Diversity Committee)