On November 15-18, I visited Minneapolis, Minnesota to attend the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America’s Annual International Conference, informally named the Tri-Societies Annual Meeting. In preparation for the Annual Meeting I prepared my first poster presentation about allelopathy in cereal rye, which is the focus of my graduate research. As this was my first poster, and first conference attendance, I was unsure what to expect upon arrival. The conference was a terrific learning experience. I created a schedule designed to further my knowledge about cover crops and allelochemcials, as well as to give myself time to speak with professionals and ask questions to ensure that my research is not only relevant for application in agriculture but would make a strong contribution to the science community as well.
As I stood at my allotted poster time to present my research at the Tri-Societies Annual Meeting, I became increasingly nervous that I would not know how to engage with peers asking questions about my poster. However, I encountered a great deal of people who were not only interested in my research but provided me with insight into other methods, materials, and articles I could look to for guidance. After the first ten minutes, I found that I was much more comfortable being able to talk about my research project than I anticipated.
Viewing other scientist’s posters and presentations, as well as networking with professionals provided a great deal of insight into the current research trends, my research, and my career. Overall, the Tri-Societies Annual Meeting was a great experience and I am looking forward to attending my next conference, the Northeastern Weed Science Society Meeting!
- Briana Otte