We are very excited to have several events planned for graduate students at this year's Annual Meeting. Some of these events are annual traditions for our membership, while others are new to our line-up. We're excited to offer events that allow us to advance or skills and career goals while networking with other graduate students and industry professionals.
SAD and GSD Dairy Tour
Saturday, June 22
12:00 – 5:00 pm
Young’s Jersey Dairy in Yellow Springs, OH
Buses depart from Hampton Inn/Homewood Suites (student HQ)
Young’s Jersey Dairy was established in 1946 with a focus on milking cows and row crop farming. They began selling their Jersey milk to the public in the late 1950s. That evolved into the opening of a convenience store featuring hand-dipped ice cream. Today, Young’s is a favorite Ohio destination, with two restaurants, a dairy store, and loads of family fun activities including a petting zoo, mini golf, giant slides, and more. They also host a multitude of special events including car shows, bike tours, and seasonal festivals. Young’s is a model for agri-tourism; their operating dairy is also a top family destination, offering more than 70,000 gallons of ice cream and 45,000 pounds of cheese to more than 1 million guests each year. Tour includes farm tour ticket and bus transportation. Students, both undergraduate and graduate, are given first opportunity. Tour will be offered to professional members on a remaining availability basis.
GSD Workshop: Grant Writing
Sunday, June 23
2:00 – 4:00 pm
All ADSA graduate students are encouraged to attend this extremely valuable grant writing workshop. Jodi Williams, PhD, national program leader at USDA-NIFA, will share tips and tricks for successful grant writing. After the presentation, an open discussion will be held between the audience and a panel of academics in dairy science. Topics to be covered include finding funding, choosing a grant, what goes into a grant proposal, writing clearly and concisely, crafting a compelling first page, and making a timeline for planning and writing your proposal.
Sunday, June 23
7:30 – 9:30 pm
16-Bit Bar and Arcade
Kick off the week with a fun night of entertainment and networking with your fellow dairy science graduate students at 16-Bit Bar and Arcade, located just a short walk or trolley ride from the Convention Center. Join us to enjoy trivia night, arcade games, and free drinks! Use this opportunity to meet other graduate students you can network with throughout the week at the annual meeting.
GSD Career Insights Lunch
Monday, June 24
12:30 – 2:00 pm
Graduate students—plan to join us for lunch and interact with a diverse panel of academia and industry professionals! Be prepared to question panel members about their experience moving from graduate school to the professional world. This lunch is intended to give students an informal environment in which to inquire about each professional’s personal journey and the challenges they encountered along the way. A $10 registration fee is required and a boxed lunch is included.
GSD Three-Minute Thesis Challenge
Tuesday, June 25
2:30 – 3:30 pm
ADSA graduate students are encouraged to participate in the return of the Three-Minute Thesis Challenge. This event will test the competitors' ability to convey their research in a way that is understandable to all, in three minutes or less! Emphasis will be placed on the ability to explain research to a lay audience. Entry details will be released prior to the annual meeting, and competition will be limited to 10 students selected by a panel of judges based upon strength of CV and a 100-word interpretive summary. All ADSA members are invited to attend the challenge and watch students compete for cash prizes and present their research in a fun and exciting way!
GSD Mix and Mingle
Tuesday, June 25
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Register to attend the GSD Mix and Mingle with professional members. At this speed-networking event, graduate students will have the opportunity to mingle with industry professionals and faculty members looking for employees. Students are encouraged to bring copies of their CV as well as business cards. Professional ADSA members looking to hire graduate students or discuss research are encouraged to attend the mixer as a way to interact with graduate students outside of the typical poster session atmosphere. Light refreshments will be provided.