Thursday March 31 marked the First Annual American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), and Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) Graduate Students Congressional Visits Day on Capitol Hill. Eight graduate students traveled from around the country to meet with their Congressional delegations to talk about agronomic, crop, and soil science research and the importance of fellowships.
Kimberly Cline (University of Florida), Travis Conley (Texas Tech University), Janelle Donahue (University of Missouri), Darlene Florence (The Ohio State University), Ashley Harms (Kansas State University), Keith Merrill (Brigham Young University), Aaron Sindelar (University of Minnesota), and Bryan Stobaugh (University of Arkansas) had a full afternoon of meetings with members of Congress and their staff (please see pictures above). The event, sponsored by the ASA, CSSA, SSSA Science Policy Office and Member Services, was developed to provide an opportunity for ASA, CSSA, SSSA graduate students to participate in constituent advocacy for the sciences, as well as to learn about the United States’ political process and system. Video footage from the Visits, including interviews with each student throughout the day, will be posted soon.
The delegation of ASA, CSSA, and SSSA Graduate Students who attended the 1st Annual Congressional Visits Day in Washington D.C., March 31, 2011
Ashley Harms, Bryan Stobaugh, and Janelle Donahue with Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO 9th).
Soil Scientist Darlene Florence with Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
PhD Student, Aaron Sindelar with Senator Amy Klobuchar (D - MN)
Graduate students, Travis Conley and Kimberly Cline, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), and UT Graduate Student, Keith Merrill