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.


Elevator Speech Contest

Sign up for this contest is closed, but come to watch and cheer on your peers.


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)