The Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics held its annual Graduate Research Symposium on March 29-30, 2018, which featured presentations from current graduate students, and hosted a group of prospective students for Fall 2018 entry into the program.
“The symposium was a great success this year,” said AFRE Graduate Program Director Bob Myers. “Faculty participation was up, student presentations were excellent, and some of the outstanding research being undertaken in the Department was showcased. Prospective students were able to get an in-depth look at some current research and connect with faculty and current graduate students during breaks, lunch, and at the reception on Thursday night. It is a great way to showcase our program and its values to prospective students.”
Both MS and PhD students presented their work in several sessions of the symposium, including sessions focused on Development Economics, Applied Economics, Environmental & Natural Resource Economics, Consumer Choice, and Agricultural Production & Risk.
One student presenter from each session received an award for their work, judged by faculty panel members. The winners for each session were:
Development Economics – Stephen Morgan
Applied Economics – Samantha Padilla
Environmental & Natural Resource Economics – Nathaly Rivera
Consumer Choice – Wen Lin
Agricultural Production & Risk – Asa Watten
“The graduate symposium is a fantastic way to get feedback, improve presentation skills, and interact with others in order to push research forward,” said Samantha Padilla, PhD student, two-time presenter, and session award-winner at the symposium. “It was a privilege to present my research in front of peers and faculty members in AFRE.”
The symposium also hosted ten prospective students, and gave them a chance to interact with faculty members and current students, as well as attend lunch and an evening reception.
Joseph Seong, one of the prospective students in attendance said, “During the symposium, I felt like I was home. Everyone at AFRE was kind and warm, and the presentations were very useful and practical.”
The Graduate Research Symposium has been an important event in AFRE since 2012, serving as a welcome and a showcase for our graduate programs.
“The value of the graduate research symposium is that it provides an opportunity for current students to hone research and presentation skills," said Myers. "It also allows prospective students to get to know faculty and current students, and get a detailed look at the workings and nature of the Department.”