Story by Cassie Wandersee (first year graduate student)
Agricultural education and communications graduate students presented two research papers and five posters at the 2015 SAAS (Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists) Conference. Topics ranged from extension communications to undergraduate research experiences.
Kate Rohling, a first year graduate student, presented a paper, “Use and Trust of Media Options by Extension Personnel.”
“Presenting for the first time at a conference was a motivating opportunity,” says Rohling. “I enjoyed sharing work I contributed to and networking with agricultural professionals.”
Jessie Topp and Scott Stebner earned second place in the research poster competition for, “Students’ Perceptions of Undergraduate Research Experiences.”
“I have really enjoyed working on research projects with my colleagues and appreciate opportunities to share our research,” says Topp. “As graduate students, attending conferences allows us to meet agricultural communications professionals from across the country and learn about the exciting research happening in our field. Receiving second place at SAAS was truly an honor.”
Audrey Holderness and Danielle Holladay demonstrated research as well. Faculty, Lauri M. Baker, Jason Ellis and Kristina Boone, graduate students, Jennifer Ray and Cassie Wandersee, and undergraduate student, McKayla Brubaker also attended the conference.