We are very excited to be meeting in Ottawa this year! The Graduate Student Division (GSD) has several events planned for graduate students at this year’s ADSA Annual Meeting. We are eager to continue offering events that allow us to advance our skills and career goals while networking with other graduate students and industry professionals.



GSD Business Meeting and Open Forum

SUNDAY, JUNE 25, 4:00 – 4:45 PM
Shaw Centre Room 201

The opening discussion of the meeting will welcome our new officers and provide important details for GSD’s upcoming week.

GSD Mixer

SUNDAY, JUNE 25, 8:00 – 10:30 PM
Lowertown Brewery Ottawa

Kick off the week with a fun night of entertainment and networking with your fellow dairy science graduate students! Use this opportunity to meet other graduate students you can network with throughout the week at the Annual Meeting.

Lowertown Brewery Ottawa - Located in the ByWard Market in Ottawa, Lowertown Brewery is the newest addition to the Ontario craft beer market. Serving great comfort food and delicious cocktails, you won’t want to miss what we’re brewing next!


GSD Educational Session: Entrepreneurship in the Dairy Industry

MONDAY, JUNE 26, 12:30 – 2:00 PM
Shaw Centre Room 105

The potential of scientific findings can be exploited by transformation into commercial product. Whether through technological innovation or sustainable product design, we can make a larger impact on the productivity and sustainability of the society by tapping the gold mine of our research findings. However, even students who excel at science might find this process difficult, because, to get on the path of entrepreneurship, students often need to develop a deeper understanding in areas out of their comfort zones, including legal issues, marketing strategies, and consumer insights. This session is aimed to address these needs.

Attendees will hear the true stories behind successful entrepreneurs, learn various essential skills for a startup, and explore different resources available. The session will finish with a roundtable to answer any questions from students.

A $15 registration fee is required, and a boxed lunch is included.

Niel Sandfort, Chief Innovation Officer at Chobani
Bethany Deshpande, Founder and CEO of SomaDetect Inc.
Sam Alcaine, Associate Professor in the Department of Food Science at Cornell University
Corlena Patterson, Chief Executive Officer at PrĂ¼vIT Technologies Inc

ADSA Graduate Student Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) Challenge

MONDAY, JUNE 26, 4:00 – 5:30 PM
Shaw Centre Room 212

ADSA graduate students are encouraged to participate in the return of the Three-Minute Thesis Challenge. This event will test 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 300-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!

3MT Guidelines


GSD Career Insights Networking Luncheon

TUESDAY, JUNE 27, 12:30 – 2:00 PM
Shaw Centre Trillium Ballroom

Graduate students, plan to join us for lunch and networking with a diverse assortment of academia and industry professionals! With a roundtable format this year, you will have the opportunity to connect with professional members about their experiences 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.