2016 D.C. interns accept placements

May 17, 2016 – The ASAS Foundation will support five science policy interns in Washington, D.C. this year. Recipients of the 2016 ASAS Science Policy Internship include: Jamee Bell, Alexandra Cantrell, Cordelia Hiers, Morgan Jones and Olivia Woods.

Bell began her internship in February in the office of a congressman. Cantrell, Jones, and Woods also have accepted placements “on the Hill.” Hiers has accepted placement with a nonprofit agricultural organization. Congratulations to all on their placements in Washington, D.C.

Hiers is the most recent intern to accept the ASAS Science Policy Internship for summer 2016. Hiers is a senior at Murray State University in Kentucky. She is majoring in Agriculture Science, with a minor in Political Science. Hiers desires to participate in and influence future agricultural policy development. She plans to pursue a career in agricultural law. Profiles of our other four interns can be found here.

The 2016 ASAS Science Policy Internship is supported by the ASAS Foundation through the Appreciation Clubs for Bob ZimbelmanHarold HafsBarb GlennJack Britt, and Louis Boyd.

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Check out the ASAS Career Center

Looking for an animal sciences job?

Then check out the ASAS Career Center! Login to get started applying for jobs posted by employers who are currently hiring. View the list of available jobs at the Career Center or have new job postings delivered to your inbox with a “job alert” notification. In addition, you may wish to post your resume to all employers, even confidentially.

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Nominate an ASAS National Graduate Director

Responsibilities: Plan, advertise and implement ASAS graduate and undergraduate student activities at JAM, such as the Graduate Student Symposium, Lunch & Learn, Open Forum and Social; serve as a voting member on the national ASAS Board of Directors; attend board meetings in January and July each year (all travel and accommodations covered); serve on various national ASAS committees (Student Activities, Communications, Membership, National Awards, and Agri-King Outstanding Graduate Student Award); recruit and organize National ASAS Graduate Director elections; update the graduate student section of the ASAS website; communicate with members using monthly Facebook/blog postings and updates in the Taking Stock e-newsletter; contribute monthly to the Graduate BULLetin, oversee one of the sectional graduate director committees and facilitate communication; continuously adjust programming activities to meet the needs of a changing and diverse membership.

Time commitment: Varies during the year from 5 to 20 hours per month depending on proximity to JAM. Term is from July 2016 to July 2018. Graduate Directors must be graduate students or post-docs during the duration of their term. While two years is a significant commitment, participation should not interfere with progress towards your degree.

Application process: If you are interested in serving as a graduate director, or know someone you wish to nominate, please send name of nominee and contact information to Kyle McLean, kyle.j.mclean@ndsu.edu by May 1, 2016.

A committee will then choose two candidates to be finalists. Finalists will be asked to submit a short biography and vision statement. Elections are open to all ASAS members and take place in May. Finalists will be notified of election results in mid-June and, the new Graduate Director will begin his/her term at the completion of national meetings in July.

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ASAS Foundation: Supporting our students

April 11, 2016 - The 2016 Midwest Meeting wrapped up last month. This year’s meeting included several graduate and undergraduate student competitions. We would like to particularly thank donors of the Gretchen Hill Appreciation Club and the Tim S. Stahly & Ernie Peo Memorial and Tribute Fund for sponsoring Midwest student awards.

In all, there were more than 25 student awards given during the meeting! If you haven’t already done so, take a look at the outcome of the various student competitions to see the ASAS Foundation in action!

Undergraduate student competition results, sponsored by the Gretchen Hill Appreciation Club.

Graduate student competition results, sponsored by the Gretchen Hill Appreciation Club.

Meet the Outstanding Swine Nutrition Midwest Graduate Student, sponsored by the Tim S. Stahly & Ernie Peo Memorial and Tribute Fund.

The Foundation also is a strong supporter of the Midwest Academic Quadrathlon.


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Greetings from D.C.

By Jamee P. Bell, ASAS science policy intern

March 28, 2016 - Since my last contribution, I have become much more comfortable in my position as an intern. The time in my office has flown by and before I know it, I will be approaching graduation at Tarleton State University!

Meanwhile, I have begun a new, particularly complex, research assignment. While I was certain that this task might only take a week, it has proven to be much more challenging than I had anticipated. Not only am I becoming more knowledgeable about an area of agriculture that I was not very familiar with, I am also learning who and what resources are available to me. By utilizing these resources, I am learning how to interact with professionals at the top of their field and work with them efficiently to produce information or data that will help progress my current findings.

In addition to this research project, I have also attended various briefings and have been given the assignment of focusing on crop insurance. These briefings have enabled me to become more familiar with crop insurance, as well as illustrated just how policy briefings work and their importance. I have been able to meet with the president of an agvocacy government relations firm who is familiar with farm insurance. As a result of our discussions, I have gained even more insight on this issue, which I am sure will be beneficial to my future endeavors.

Through these experiences, I am building a network that I fully intend to maintain and that has the potential to help me answer the burning question of what is to come post-graduation.

In this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in Washington, D.C., I have also taken advantage of my time off of the clock. I have attended the Conservative Clean Energy Reception, honoring congressional leaders who support clean energy as well as a First Amendment on College Campuses panel at the Religious Freedom Center at the Newseum. Also, I have enjoyed trying new restaurants around town including Cafe Berlin— authentic German cuisine, Cafe Bonaparte— a quintessential European cafe and Founding Farmers— fresh, farm-to-table American cuisine; all which I highly recommend!

Though I feel like a seasoned intern, I still have 4 weeks to learn as much as possible before I make my way back to Texas. I look forward to sharing the rest of my journey with you!

As I approach graduation, the question arises, “What are my plans post commencement?” What a loaded question that feels like! While the answer is still unbeknown to me, I am certain that my time on the Hill has prepared me well, thus far, to accomplish my vision of advocating for policies that truly benefit American agriculture.

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