Undergraduate Program

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November 14, 2015 - November 16, 2015

Download a one-page pdf of the Undergraduate Schedule here.(PDF)

The Students of Agronomy, Soils, and Environmental Sciences (SASES), the undergraduate student program of ASA, CSSA, and SSSA, will meet in Minneapolis for their Annual Meetings, November 14 - 16, 2015. Students should plan on arriving November 13 and departing on or after November 17. Meeting highlights include educational tours and professional development programs, national competitions and business meetings. Other highlights include the ever popular Quiz Bowl, Research Symposium Contests, and election of new student officers.

The registration fee covers admission to all SASES programs including meal functions and socials, and admission to all ASA, CSSA, and SSSA International Annual Meetings functions. It does not include the tour.  Note: Your undergraduate registration includes access to the full ASA, CSSA,and SSSA Annual Meetings.

Registration Fees for Undergrad Members is less than that for Undergrad Non Members. As an undergrad, you can join one, two, or all three societies for only $20. It's MUCH cheaper to join, then register for the meetings! Sign up for membership today!


  Contest Sign up opens: Sign up by:
Closed Research Symposium - Oral March 17, 2015 June 16, 2015
Closed Research Symposium - Poster March 17, 2015 June 16, 2015
Closed Club Poster Contest March 17, 2015 June 16, 2015
Closed Metcalfe Manuscript Contest March 17, 2015 Sept 30, 2015
Closed Presidents' Trophy March 17, 2015 Sept 30, 2015
Closed Speech Contest March 17, 2015 Sept 30, 2015
Closed Visual Presentation Contest March 17, 2015 Sept 30, 2015
Closed Quiz Bowl March 17, 2015 Sept 30, 2015
Open Crops Judging Showcase July 1, 2015 Until filled


Crops Judging Showcase

Check out this event returning for the second year. Compete against other students for prizes! Click on this link now for more information and registration.


Pop with the Presidents

Join the current, past, and incoming Society Presidents for free pizza on Monday, November 16, 2015 at noon. The event is free, but RSVP is required and space is limited. Sign up opens soon.

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Any undergraduate student member of the Societies may run for office. Multiple students from each school can run for the same office or for different offices. Students need to be nominated by any delegate in order to run for office. Candidates are asked to meet before dinner on Sunday to go over the election procedure.

View Elections Information and procedures.

Submit your Candidate Profile form

Business Meetings

Each club should choose two delegates to represent them at business meetings. Clubs should make sure they pick up their delegate information packet at registration. Delegates will get ribbons to affix to their name badges. If one of the designated delegates is not available for one of the meetings, they may send an alternate. There are three official business meetings and one delegate meeting. Undergraduate students who are not members of voting SASES clubs may also participate in business meetings, but will not be allowed to vote on items of official business including elections. 


Note that departure times have changed.

These tours are specifically and exclusively for undergraduates. All tours are taking place Saturday, November 14, 2015. You may choose which tour you'd like to go on when you submit your registration for the Annual Meeting. (Actual tour stops are subject to change.)

Note: Closed-toe comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots are recommended for all tours. Weather is generally 30 to 45 degrees Farenheit this time of year. Jackets are strongly recommended. 

2015 SASES Tour 1: Midwestern Agronomy 

Must be on board by: 6:45 am

Depart: 7:00 am

Tour Stops will be focused on Agronomy Production. Stops are listed:

  • CHS CF fertilizer terminal
  • CHS Field
  • Peterson Dairy
  • Winfield’s Research facility and agronomy research at UW-River Falls


2015 SASES Tour 2: Grains of Minnesota  

Must be on board by: 8:15 am

Depart: 8:30 am

Tour stops will be focused on grain processing

  • CHS field
  • CHS crop nutrients terminal
  • Rahr Malting
  • Minneapolis Mill City Museum. 

2015 SASES Tour 3: Agricultural Research and Outreach

Must be on board by: 7:15 am

Depart: 7:30 am

Tour stops will be focused on research and outreach

  • CHS Field
  • University of Minnesota CFANS
  • Agronomy knowledge Expansion Opportunities with Dr. Vernon Cardwell
  • Overview of sustainable Plant Heath with Dr. Karen Hokanson
  • USDA Cereal Disease Labs/Plant Growth Facility/Biodale Tour 

2015 SASES Tour 4: Soil Science 

Must be on board by: 7:15 am

Depart: 7:30 am

This tour will focus on several common career prospects for students with coursework in soil science. The day will be highlighted with a presentation by the State Soil Scientist of Minnesota about soil policy and management. Tour guides include specialists in each field of study.

  • CHS Field
  • Ramsey Washington Watershed District Tour
    • Stormwater Best Management Practices
    • Soil Policy and Management
  • Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant
    • Wetland Science
    • Soil Remediation and Contaminant Clean-up
    • View of the Twin Cities area

2015 SASES Tour 5: The Mighty Mississippi River 

Must be on board by: 7:15 am

Depart: 7:30 am

This tour will explore the fascinating geologic, hydrologic, and cultural history of the Mississippi River. The tour will begin at CHS Field with breakfast and comments from CHS team, then continue to the historical confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers and follow the river north to St. Anthony Falls in downtown Minneapolis. Along the way we will visit a lock and dam, Minnehaha Falls, University of Minnesota St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, and Mill City Museum.  


Professional Development

The Career Fair will once again be held on Monday 3pm - 6pm in the Career Center. Join us and lots of potential employers on November 3 .      

Undergraduate Resume Workshop - Professional Development
Bring your resume. Get tips from employers and have your resume looked at by peers and professionals.
Sunday, November 15, 3:30 PM-5:00 PM

 Grad School Workshop for Undergrads
Thinking about applying to grad school or heading off to grad school soon? Come get advice for finding the right school, the right advisor, and writing your application. Also hear tips on how to succeed in graduate school.
Monday 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

CCA Career Accelerator Round Table
Jumpstart your career! This CCA roundtable is an interactive session for undergraduates who are considering working in the field of Agronomy after graduation. Meet CCAs and other working professionals and find out how they got where they are and how to get ahead.
Monday 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Career Fair
Connect with employers in industry, government, and non-profit sectors to learn about their companies and a variety of career opportunities.
Monday 3:00 PM-6:00 PM

Upload your resume for free at www.careerplacement.org.



Saturday night will be a Casino event. Come play blackjack, poker, and roulette for a chance to win fabulous prizes! Everyone will receive casino chips on the way in and will trade them back for raffle tickets at the end. No real money will be involved in the event. If casino games are not your thing, come by for drinks, snacks, and other assorted games including Wii Classics, giant Jenga, and more!

Monday night will be the traditional dance with a DJ, so don't forget to pack your dancing boots!


How should I dress for the meeting?

Check out this document for an overview. Also go to the Facebook page to see images of studetns from last year.

How do I add/change which tour I signed up for?

Go to one of the society websites (www.agronomy.org / www.soils.org www.crops.org).

Login (under the society logo) using your email address and password
>      Click on My Account (to the right of the search button).
>      Click on My Account in the drop down menu.
>      Click on My Transactions under My Account on the right hand side.
>      Click on My Receipts (on the left hand side).
>      Choose the invoice for the Annual Meetings.

You can print this as a receipt or add/remove items to/from your registration.  Credit card payment is required when adding items.  Removing an item will create a credit. Please remember that there are cancelation fees charged for cancelation items.  Please view the cancelation policy at www.acsmeetings.org/registration.

If you have any questions regarding making changes to your registration, please contact Lynne Navis at lnavis@sciencesocieties.org


For more information on any of this, contact
    Emily Fuger
    Membership Representative –Students and Early Career Activities
    608-268-4949, efuger@sciencesocieties.org.

The American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America will host more than 4,000 scientists, professionals, educators, and students at the 2014 International Annual Meetings, Nov. 1-3 in Long Beach, CA.