In addition to organizational meetings and research presentations, several student activities were included in the recent ADSA Virtual Annual Meeting that encouraged networking and professional development for students.
Bethany Dado-Senn, 2019-2020 President of the GSD, and Jack Myers, 2019-2020 President of the SAD, provided some thoughts on these leadership development activities and networking opportunities that were available through ADSA.
Bethany Dado-Senn shared:
The GSD would like to acknowledge the continuous support of ADSA professional members in graduate student endeavors. It was apparent in both the planning and execution of this virtual meeting that student research and professional development were key priorities for ADSA leadership. We also thank professional members who contributed to our GSD events for their time and advice. We hope we can continue to foster these virtual relationships and eventually continue our in-person networking when possible.”
Jack Myers shared:
SAD Career Roundtable: While taking a different form this year, the SAD career roundtable featured four panelists consisting of a nutritionist, dairy consultant, extension agent, and a graduate student. Members were able to ask questions in the zoom chat feature and discussion was moderated by SAD officers. SAD members were provided with valuable advice regarding careers in the dairy industry and how the dairy industry is coping with the covid pandemic.
SAD members were also able to enjoy a social night where three small groups of students interacted with virtual game hosts to play a wide variety of games, all while networking with other students.
Overall, SAD members were still able to enjoy nearly all of their typical programming, with only a few minor virtual hiccups. ADSA was yet again able to provide key programming for SAD members, giving them opportunities to network with fellow members and the science presented at the annual meeting. All aiding SAD members as they pursue graduate school or careers in the industry.”
ADSA looks forward to the next generation of scientists and industry leaders present in the GSD and SAD membership and to supporting students in their careers as Professional Members of ADSA in the future.
The American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) is an international organization of educators, scientists, and industry representatives who are committed to advancing the dairy industry and keenly aware of the vital role the dairy sciences play in fulfilling the economic, nutritive, and health requirements of the world’s population. It provides leadership in scientific and technical support to sustain and grow the global dairy industry through generation, dissemination, and exchange of information and services. Together, ADSA members have discovered new methods and technologies that have revolutionized the dairy industry. www.adsa.org