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November 14, 2015 - November 16, 2015

2015 Undergrad Dates and Dealines

March 17. All contest information posted. All contests open

March 17. Early Registration Opens.

April 13. Housing Opens.

June 2. Early Abstract deadline 5:00pm EDT (includes Research Symposium and Club Poster)

June 16. Late Abstract deadline 5:00pm EDT (includes Research Symposium and Club Poster)

July 28. Internship Applications open.

September 1. Final Abstract editing deadline.

September 1. Preliminary schedule available online.

September 30. Early Registration Deadline.

September 30. All contest Submissions close.

September 30. Internship applications close.

October 4. Internship selections are made. Emails go out.

October 21. Standard Registration Rate Deadline. (Price increase for SASES registration after this date.)

November 13. SASES registration opens on site in Minneapolis

November 14. SASES tours and Meeting begin.

(The meetings continue through November 5 and undergrads are encouraged to stay as long as possible.)


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.

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

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.


Student Internships

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 postdocs, graduate, and undergraduate student members of the Societies. Nonmember students wishing to become a member may join at agronomy.org, crops.org, or soils.org. Membership is available at a low cost to students. Please join by September 29 to be eligible to participate. 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 students@sciencesocieties.org.

Sign up by September 30!

Available Positions:

  • Poster Hall Attendant - Help presenters locate their poster location in the exhibit hall.
  • 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!
  • Gateway Scholar Guide - Help lead local local high school students around convention center, and act a role model in your field.
  • 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!



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. 

NOTE: Student tours are still in development. Details will be updated as they become available. 

2015 SASES Tour 1: Midwestern Agronomy (both) 

Must be on board by: 7:30 am

Depart: 7:45 am

DRAFT:  Tour Stops will be focused on Agronomy Production. Tours may include a large scale dairy operation, a crop nutrients terminal and a tour of Winfield’s Research facility and agronomy research at University of Wisconsin, River Falls. The tour will also stop at CHS field.

2015 SASES Tour 2: Grains of Minnesota (both) 

Must be on board by: 7:30 am

Depart: 7:45 am

DRAFT:  Tour stops will be focused on grain processing and may include a malting house and the Minneapolis Mill City Museum. The tour will also stop at CHS field and a crop nutrients terminal.

2015 SASES Tour 3: Agricultural Research and Outreach (both) 

Must be on board by: 7:30 am

Depart: 7:45 am

DRAFT:  Tour stops will be focused on research and outreach and may include the USDA labs, the Raptor Center and the Bell Museum of Natural history.

2015 SASES Tour 4: Soil Science (both)

Must be on board by: 7:30 am

Depart: 7:45 am

DRAFT:  This tour will focus on several common career prospects for students with coursework in soil science. Stops will include CHS Field to learn about turfgrass management; Cedar Creek Ecosystem to explore the world of wetland delineations; an active construction site in the metro for sediment control practices and BMP implementation; a farm field that implements nutrient management practices; and several research plots to learn more about how graduate school works. Tour guides include specialists in each field of study.

2015 SASES Tour 5: The Mighty Mississippi River (both) 

Must be on board by: 7:30 am

Depart: 7:45 am

DRAFT:  This tour will explore the fascinating geologic, hydrologic, and cultural history of the Mississippi River. The tour will begin at 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 .      

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


View a printable pdf one-page of 2014 schedule. 

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.