Western Society of Crop Science
The Western Society of Crop Science comprises the states and provinces of Alaska, Alberta, Arizona, American Samoa, Baja California, Baja California Sur, British Columbia, California, Chihuahua, Colima, Colorado, Durango, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Jalisco, Montana, Nayarit, Nevada, New Mexico, Northwest Territories, Oregon, Saskatchewan, Sinaloa, Sonora, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and Yukon Territory.
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Western Society of Crop Science Annual Meeting
June 16-17, 2015
The Western Society of Crop Science (WSCS) is pleased to announce the next annual meeting in Logan, UT on June 16-17, 2015. The meeting is an opportunity to network with colleagues and students from around the West and exchange scientific information. WSCS will also offer the A.K. Dobrenz Student Paper contest, which will provide cash awards for the three best student presentations at the meeting. Participants arrive on Monday, June 15.
The tentative program will include a tour on Tuesday morning (June 16) to highlight issues important to the local agriculture as well as sites of historic interest. This year's tour features two locations which will include a visit to the production facility of Bailey Farms International, one of the largest forage exporters in the United States, and to the Golden Spike National Historic Site, the spot where the Union and Central Pacific Railroads joined in 1869 to complete the transcontinental railroad. Lunch and transportation will be provided.
A professional presentation session will occur Tuesday afternoon. Student oral presentations will be held Wednesday morning and additional professional presentations in the afternoon, followed by a business meeting, poster presentations, and an awards barbeque Wednesday evening. The meeting ends Wednesday evening and participants leave Thursday morning (June 18).
The theme of the 2015 WSCS meeting will be the same as that of 2015 ASA, CSSA, and SSSA Annual Meetings, "Synergy in Science: Partnering for Solutions". We encourage you and your students to present a paper or poster around this theme. Abstract submission is now open through May 14th.
The WSCS presents the A.K. Dobrenz Student Paper Awards with a cash award for the three best student oral presentations at its Society meetings. The 2015 student winners receive $200 (1st), $150 (2nd), and $100 (3rd) place. The 1st place winner also receives a $500 travel stipend to attend the CSSA Annual Meetings! Graduate students may also present a poster however there will be no poster competition.
Pre-registration is now open! On-site registration will also be available (with a check or credit card). Pre-registration rates are $75 for professionals and $45 for students. Onsite registration rates are $100 for professionals and $75 for students. These rates include breaks, Wednesday lunch, the Tour, and awards banquet.
Two hotel blocks have been reserved for the conference: SpringHill Suites Marriott (635 South Riverwoods Parkway, Logan, UT) for 119.00 USD per night. The block starts 6/15/15 and ends 6/18/15. Last day to book is 5/28/15. Reservations can be made by calling 1-435-750-5180 or through the following link: Book your group rate for Western Society of Crop Science.
Best Western Weston Inn (250 North Main, Logan, UT) for 87.00 USD per night. The block starts 6/15/15 and ends 6/18/15. Last day to book is 6/1/15. Reservations can be made by calling 1-435-752-5700.
Please Contact Dr. Earl Creech, the WSCS incoming president and local host, firstname.lastname@example.org, 435-797-7319;
or Dr. Chengci Chen, the current WSCS president, email@example.com, 406-423-5421.
Join or renew your membership now using the WSCS Membership Application.
You can pay your annual WSCS dues - $20 for non-students, $5 for students, with the membership application. While membership in the Societies is not required for branch membership, it is encouraged, and ASA, CSSA, and SSSA members can pay WSCS membership dues when they renew their Society memberships online.
Poster and Presentation Tips (from the ASA, CSSA, and SSSA Annual Meetings webpage)
Regarding the A.K. Dobrenz Student Competition: The A.K. Dobrenz Graduate Student Awards were formally named in 1997. Dr. Dobrenz was a Professor at the University of Arizona, an early participant in the meetings, and an avid supporter of graduate student participation at the WSCS meetings.