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) annual meeting was held in Logan, UT on June 16-17, 2015. The meeting was an opportunity to network with colleagues and students from around the West and exchange scientific information. WSCS offered the A.K. Dobrenz Student Paper contest, which provides cash awards for the three best student presentations at the meeting. Participants arrived on Monday, June 15.
The program included 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 featured two locations which included 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.
A professional presentation session occurred Tuesday afternoon. Student oral presentations were 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 ended Wednesday evening and participants left Thursday morning (June 18).
The theme of the 2015 WSCS meeting was the same as that of 2015 ASA, CSSA, and SSSA Annual Meetings, "Synergy in Science: Partnering for Solutions".
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. Graduate students may also present a poster however there is no poster competition.
2015 A.K. Dobrenz Student Presentation Competition Winners
First place: Erika Kruse, Washington State University
Second place: Sukhbir Singh, New Mexico State University
Third place: Craig Rigby, Utah State University
Third place: Carlos Romero, Montana State University
Student winners received $200 (1st), $175 (2nd), and $150 (3rd) place. Erika also receives a $500 travel stipend to attend the CSSA Annual Meetings.
Please Contact Dr. Earl Creech, the WSCS incoming president and local host, email@example.com, 435-797-7319;
or Dr. Chengci Chen, the current WSCS president, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.