The Student Affiliate Division of the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) consists of Student Affiliate chapters across the country. The chapters are local clubs organized at colleges and universities offering courses that pertain to the production of dairy cattle and dairy foods. A local club may be authorized as a Student Affiliate chapter by the Board of Directors of ADSA on petition from a majority of the local club members of ADSA and on recommendation of two professional members of ADSA. Both undergraduate and graduate members of approved Student Affiliate chapters may participate in the affairs and activities of the Student Affiliate Division.


  • to provide a channel of communication for the exchange of information among the various member chapters and between ADSA and the member chapters
  • to acquaint students with ADSA, its scope, purpose and program
  • to develop leadership and promote scholastic achievement among students interested in the dairy industry


The Student Affiliate Awards Program will recognize the following at the ADSA annual meeting [details]:

  • Outstanding Student Affiliate Chapter
  • Outstanding Student Affiliate Member
  • Outstanding Chapter Advisor
  • Outstanding Yearbook and Scrapbook
  • Undergraduate Paper Presentation Winners
  • ADSA Scholarship Recognition

Similar activities are conducted at annual meetings of the Northeast and Southern Regional Divisions of ADSA.


The Student Affiliate Division conducts its national activities at the ADSA Annual Meeting. Two business meetings are held to conduct the Student Affiliate Division business and to elect officers. Members also hold several informal sessions to discuss local club activities and membership. In addition, Student Affiliate members may attend the ADSA sessions of their choice.

Before the national meeting, each active chapter submits an annual written report. The report, which contains information about chapter membership, activities, and finances, is part of the material evaluated in the Outstanding Chapter Contest. Each chapter highlights its year's activities at the national meeting through a display of photographs or slides. This display and either a scrapbook or annual publication is included in the chapter evaluation. Member participation in the Undergraduate Paper Presentation Contest is also part of the Outstanding Chapter Contest.

Benefits of Membership

Membership in the Student Affiliate Division of ADSA is beneficial both for local chapters and for individuals. Among the opportunities available to members are the following:

  • receiving two issues a year of the student newsletter, the Pipeline
  • gaining ideas for educational, promotional, social, and fund-raising activities
  • increasing awareness of current research efforts
  • becoming acquainted with ADSA, an international organization that uniquely represents professionals in every facet of dairy production and diry foods
  • discounted subscriptions to the Journal of Dairy Science
  • developing relationships and exchanging ideas with students of similar interests from across the nation
  • advancing through contacts with dairy industry leaders
  • earning scholarship and national leadership recognition
  • meeting graduate program advisors

SAD Club Renewal Materials
SAD Slideshow

Important Dates & Deadlines

February 20, 2020

Abstracts deadline for the undergraduate paper presentation contest. Submit electronically via the online abstract submission site.

May 1

  • ADSA-SAD Competition Entry Form deadline – Competition Entry Form is now online.
  • In addition to completing your Competition Entry Form online, the following supplementary materials must be sent to ADSA-SAD:
    1. Membership Application, Roster of Dairy Club members, and Dues ($5.00 each) for individuals wishing to be ADSA members. (Note, students must be ADSA members to attend regional and national meetings, participate in competitions or run for office)
    2. Annual Report Title Page (Note, local chapters must submit an Annual Report to maintain their charter.)
    3. Outstanding Student and Advisor nomination materials (include electronic photo)

Go to https://www.adsa.org/Membership/Student-Affiliate-Division/Meeting to access these materials

May 15-June 1

  • SAD Chapter Web Site Contest Judging

Four weeks prior to the meeting:

  • Clubs not attending the meeting but wishing to compete in the Annual Report, Yearbook and Scrapbook judging competitions should mail their materials to ADSA-SAD.

June 21-24, 2020

  • ADSA® Annual Meeting in West Palm Beach, Florida. SAD Activities are Saturday, June 20 – Tuesday, June 23.

Monday during the SAD Meeting

  • Complete Annual Report with attached Title Page, Yearbooks and Scrapbooks should be submitted at the meeting for the judging competition.

If you have any questions, please contact:

1800 S. Oak Street, Suite 100
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: 217-356-5146
Fax: 217-398-4119
Email: adsa-sad@assochq.org
Web Site: https://www.adsa.org/SAD

Or contact:

Molly Kelley, ADSA-SAD Liaison directly at mollyk@adsa.org

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