Student events at Western

By Stacia Prosser and Hannah Cunningham

The 2017 WSASAS Section Meeting in Fargo, ND is hosting a number of student events we are greatly looking forward to.

This year’s Graduate Student Paper Competition will be held on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 from 7:55 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and has a record number of participants. This competition provides graduate students with an opportunity to develop their abilities to communicate scientific data in oral and written format. Judges individually score proceedings and oral presentations, and compile scores for the first, second, and third place participants. Students diligently prepare for these presentations, so be sure to attend and support your peers! Winners will be announced at the awards banquet the evening of Thursday June 22, 2017.

The Graduate Student Mixer on the evening of Wednesday June 21, 2017 will be held in downtown Fargo with drink specials at Sidestreet Grille & Pub and distillery tours at Proof Artisan Distillers. Registration for this event is $10, and includes a t-shirt to commemorate the event and covers your first drink at Sidestreet. Graduate Student Mixer attendees. Meet in Homewood Suites Lobby at 7:00 PM on 6/21/17.

The Graduate Student Lunch and Learn, “Grant Writing for Success,” will be held on Thursday, June 22, 2017, from 12:00-1:30 p.m. This session is only $10, includes lunch from Smiling Moose, and is open to all students. There are still some spots, so please register if you haven’t done so yet. Proficient crafting of grant proposals is valuable to both masters and doctoral students during their degree programs and critical for future success. Undergraduate students are also invited, and will benefit from an early introduction to the process and necessity of writing grants.

Dr. Mark Mirando from NIFA will begin with a talk entitled “Grant writing for success: Ten things you must do,” covering major points of grantsmanship and the NIFA Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellowships program. A panel discussion will follow with Dr. Mirando, as well as Dr. Allison Meyer from the University of Missouri, Dr. Shanna Ivey, and Dr. Jennifer Hernandez Gifford, both from New Mexico State University.

Also making an appearance this year will be a Recruitment Board. Opportunities for continuing industry, academia, or continuing graduate school will be posted here, so check the board to see what opportunities are available in your field. As you pack for 2017 WSASAS, bring your CV and post it here if you are seeking a position!

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