Undergraduate Program

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View a printable pdf one-page of 2014 schedule. 

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.


November 1, 2014 - November 5, 2014

(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 Long Beach for their Annual Meetings, November 1 -3, 2014. Students should plan on arriving October 31 and departing on or after November 4. Meetings 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. 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 $15. It's cheaper to join, then register for the meetings! Sign up for membership today!


Crops Judging Showcase

Check out this brand new event and compete against other students for prizes! Click on this link now for more information and registration.


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 October 15, 2014 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.




  Contest Sign up opens: Sign up by:
Closed Research Symposium - Oral March 17, 2015 June 2, 2015
Closed Research Symposium - Poster March 17, 2015 June 2, 2015
Closed Club Poster Contest March 17, 2015 June 2, 2015
Closed Metcalfe Manuscript Contest March 17, 2015 TBA
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 TBA TBA


Pop with the Presidents

Join the current, past, and incoming Society Presidents for free pizza on Monday, November 3, 2014 at noon. The event is free, but RSVP is required and space is limited. Sign up today.



These tours are specifically and exclusively for undergraduates. All tours are taking place Saturday, November 1, 2014. 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 in 70s Farenheit this time of year.

Tour #1-  Urban Agriculture

Stops likely to include, vegetable farming on the urban fringe, Orange County, strawberry production on urban fringe, Orange County, South Coast Research and Extension Center, Irvine (potential unique crops, plant breeding, and urban horticulture issues); stop at Irvine Farmers Market, tour with Farm Bureau personnel.

Tour #2  San Joaquin Valley Tour (interior valley of California)

Depart 6:30 am

Stops to include farms on both east and west side of the valley from Bakersfield south.  Tour will observe over 35 different crops, including field crops (sorghum, corn, wheat), vegetable crops (carrots, potatoes), forage crops (alfalfa and silage), tree crops (citrus and deciduous), and vines (table grapes and raisins).  Note-this tour would leave at 6:30 AM and arrive back at Long Beach at 5PM.  2.5 hour bus ride to and from.

Tour #3  Ventura County Tour  (Coastal valley of California)

Stops include tree crops (lemons and avocados) and extensive plantings of winter vegetables (celery, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, lettuce, strawberries).  Visit with an organic producer.  Possible field trip to a citrus or vegetable packing house.  Potential for visit to Syngenta seeds & laboratory facilities.

Tour #4  Local Research 

Stops  likely to  include UC Riverside (potential salinity lab, citrus clonal collection, turf research), Asian Citrus Psyllid research (potential at UCR and CPP)  potential lettuce breeding (CPP-Still), Potential turfgrass and water conservation research (CPP or UCR); potential hydroponic production of vegetables indoor and outdoor (CPP), potential rose breeding and Iris breeding (Weeks Roses-CPP).

Tour #5  Water conservation and Wetland Soils

Depart: 7:30 am

Stops  likely to include Los Cerritos wetlands, Willow Springs Park and wetlands etc (your contacts).  Reclaimed water use, water conservation and observation of urban encroachment.


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 .      

Sign up for a FREE one-on-one confidential Career Consultation session with STEM Career Consultant Alaina Levine - in the Career Center.




Saturday night will be a Casino event. Come play blackjack, poker, and roulette for a chance to win fabulous prizes! 

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?

Check out the "Already Registerd?" section of the registration page for instructions on how to make any edits to your registration.



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.