March 23, 2017

Grad students recap Southern Section events

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By Brittni Littlejohn, Sierra Lockwood, and Sam Ingram

The American Society of Animal Science – Southern Section hosted its 2017 meeting last month in Franklin, TN. During the meeting, the Graduate Student Meet & Greet was held on February 5, followed by the Graduate Student Lunch & Learn on February 7. These events were implemented with the goal of providing a networking opportunity as well as a chance to gain insight on the successful transition to the professional world.

The Graduate Student Meet & Greet was held during the first day of the conference to introduce participants to their fellow graduate students who they would be interacting with during the remainder of the conference. The informal setting provided participants a comfortable environment for networking and was very well received. Eight schools were represented during this event and included the following: Auburn University, Fort Valley State University, North Carolina State University, Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University – Kingsville, University of Arkansas, University of Tennessee, and Virginia Tech.

The Graduate Student Lunch & Learn theme was “Fueling the Future.” During the event, students were randomly assigned to tables to encourage additional networking among fellow students. The first speaker was Dr. Rand Broadway from the USDA-ARS who presented on “How to make the most of your graduate career.” Dr. Broadway’s presentation included advice on how to choose a program and mentor, the importance of collaboration, and how to be proactive during a graduate program. Following Dr. Broadway’s presentation, Dr. Mike Moseley from Positively Mose, LLC and Zoetis (retired) presented on “How to make the transition from graduate student to industry professional.” During Dr. Moseley’s presentation, he discussed the following topics: taking ownership of your career, characteristics that make one employable, and how to prepare for an interview. Both presentations were well received by the graduate students in attendance and made the Lunch & Learn a great success! Nine schools were represented at the Lunch & Learn and included the following: Auburn University, North Carolina State University, Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University Commerce, Texas Tech University, University of Arkansas, University of Georgia, University of Tennessee, and Virginia Tech.

Thank you to those who attended this year’s Graduate Student Meet & Greet and Lunch & Learn and be on the lookout for similar events at the 2018 Southern Section meeting in Fort Worth, TX on February 3-6, 2018!

For more information about the Graduate Student Meet & Greet and Lunch & Learn, contact: Brittni Littlejohn (aggieino9@tamu.edu), Sierra Lockwood (slockwo1@utk.edu), or Sam Ingram (shingram@ncsu.edu).