WSASAS Meetings

The 2014 Western Section meetings are officially in the books and we had a great turn out in San Angelo. We appreciate the attendance and support of the graduate student lunch and learn as well as the graduate student mixer. On behalf of the Western Section Association we would like to express our appreciation to our guest speakers at the lunch and learn: Mr. Scott Porter, Mr. Josh Blanek, Dr. Kim Vonnahme and Dr. Chase Runyon. Without their support and attendance this program would not have been possible.

Kelsey and I are already beginning to discuss how to improve next year’s meeting in Ruidoso, NM. We received some great feedback from the meetings in San Angelo and we will certainly use that to improve our programs. Thanks again for making the 2014 WSASAS meetings great. If you have any suggestions or questions please let Kelsey or I know. Our job is to be the graduate student voice on the executive board, so don’t hesitate to contact us. Our emails are and


We look forward to seeing everyone next summer in Ruidoso, NM!

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Industry leaders weigh in on valuable skills graduates should possess

In an article written by John Paterson and posted on the Montana Stockgrowers Blog, leaders from all areas of the agriculture industry share what they look for when hiring young graduates. Included among these industry leaders is our very own ASAS president, Greg Lardy. Continue reading

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Science communications intern to start at ASAS

My name is Jacquelyn Prestegaard, and I am ASAS’s Science Communication intern this summer. I am very excited to be working for an organization that does so well to promote animal science and agriculture. Continue reading

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2014 WSASAS Graduate Student Lunch and Learn

Every year at the Western Section Meeting a lunch and learn or snack and fact is held to provide valuable information to graduate students. Last year our snack and fact on grant writing was a huge success, and we hope to have a great turn out for this years lunch and learn. This year we will have a panel discussion with professionals in the animal science field. Due to the addition of an undergraduate poster competition for the meeting, we would also like to extend an invitation to all  undergraduate students so they can also gain beneficial knowledge for their future endeavors.

The aim of this event is to provide undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to interact with professionals in the animal science field, addressing questions pertaining to careers in animal science and animal science topics.

The lunch and learn will be held on Thursday, June 26th from 12:00-1:30 pm in the University Center, room 203/204. 

We hope to see you there!

-Kelsey Quinn and James Graves

Western Section Graduate Directors

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Southern Section-ASAS Annual Meeting Events

Southern Section- ASAS Annual Meeting will be held this year in Dallas, Texas.  Below are a few of the events in which graduate students are encouraged to participate.

  • Sunday, Feb 2nd
    • Graduate Student Mixer – Come and socialize with graduate students across various disciplines within agriculture
    • Super Bowl Party – Come to cheer on your favorite team
  • Monday, Feb 3rd
    • Awards Ceremony
  • Tuesday, Feb 4th
    • Graduate Student Lunch & Learn – Please join us for lunch and get great tips on how to “Kick-Start Your Career”.  This year’s guest speakers include the following:
        • Dr. Jane Parish – “Professionalism”
        • Mr. Barry Delks – “Networking”
        • Dr. Meghan C. Wulster-Radcliffe

You can register for the Lunch & Learn online or at the meeting while tickets are still available.

Also, keep in mind that the Symposia and Oral Sessions will be conducted throughout the day on both Monday and Tuesday (Feb 3rd & 4th).

We encourage you to listen to as many sessions as possible following presentation of your own research.  This is a great opportunity to broaden your research ideas while enhancing your networking opportunities.

You don’t want to miss out on this meeting! Online registration will be open until January 20th 2014. Register TODAY!


We look forward to seeing you at the meeting!


Tiffany Hebb (Tuskegee University) and Amanda Davis (University of Arkansas)

SS-ASAS Graduate Student Representatives

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