By Tara Felix
The Midwest American Society of Animal Science Sectional meeting in Des Moines, IA was packed with events for students this year. Student activities were kicked off Monday afternoon with undergraduate and graduate students participating in oral and poster competitions. These competitions were followed by the Academic Quadrathalon Quiz Bowl Finals Monday evening. After the competitions, Iowa State University hosted an informal mixer for students. Participation in student activities was high in both these events and continued the following morning at the student symposium and breakfast. The Graduate Student Symposium was organized by the newly formed Graduate Student Program Committee for MWASAS and was a huge success. Approximately 65 students attended this symposium entitled “Tips on How to Navigate the Job Search and Interview Process for Animal Science Students”. Dan Simmons, Continental Search & Outplacement, Inc., gave students 10 easy steps to follow to navigate the job search and interview process. Dr. Greg Lardy, NDSU, then walked students through the process of applying for and interviewing for graduate assistantships. Finally, Gary Weilbaker, Career Solutions, went though the do’s and don’ts of interviewing for industry positions. The symposium was followed by a “Breakfast-and-Learn” which was sponsored by Elanco this year. During the “Breakfast-and-Learn”, students were able to get all of their job and interview related questions answered by the 3 highly qualified speakers. Overall, the program was well received by students and valuable knowledge about the current job market and employer priorities was gained. Due in part to the successes of events planned by this year’s Graduate Student Program Committee, the Midwest board has asked members to vote to amend the bylaws, allowing 1 graduate student from ASAS and 1 graduate student from ADSA to serve as members on the board. We as students are the future of the ASAS and ADSA organizations so I would like to thank all the students who helped make the 2011 Midwest Sectional Meeting a success!