Qualla Ketchum 2017-02-22 23:40:56
One of the recent membership development projects of ASABE’s Young Professionals Community (YPC) is our Graduate Student Involvement (GSI) committee. Although graduate students have always been members of the YPC, many students didn’t know where they belonged after graduating from the International Preprofessional Community (IPC). Because of this, the graduate student community came together at the 2014 AIM in Montreal to define a space within ASABE and the YPC. We agreed that activities focused on graduate students would increase graduate student membership and add value for existing graduate student members. The GSI committee hosted the first graduate student events at the 2015 AIM in New Orleans. The goals were to build a community and enhance the visibility of graduate students within the Society. For that first year, Geraldine Klarenberg of the University of Florida led the committee to great success. Core events were the graduate student social, the meet-and-greet breakfast with senior faculty and department heads, the professional development roundtable, and the GSI business meeting. The response to those events was incredible, with attendance at or above capacity. At the business meeting, a new committee was formed to plan events for 2016 under the guidance of newly elected GSI committee chair Ian Hanhus of the University of Florida. Ian also served as a member-at-large on the YPC Executive Committee to coordinate with the YPC. Three additional graduate students led the 2016 committee: Bethany Brittenham of Iowa State University, Zach Lentz of North Carolina State University, and me. This committee continued the events from 2015 and added a new event for undergraduates who are considering graduate school: the “grad school 101” panel discussion. At the 2016 AIM in Orlando, the YPC membership voted to make the GSI committee chair an official YPC executive officer, and I was elected as GSI committee chair for 2017. Our committee includes six students from five universities who are working hard to plan the following events for the 2017 AIM in Spokane: the YPC social, the graduate student social, the professional development roundtable, the “grad school 101” panel, the meet-and-greet breakfast with senior faculty and department heads, and the business meeting. See you there! ASABE member Qualla Ketchum, Doctoral Student, Department of Biological Systems Engineering Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, USA, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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