Professional Development

This is the page that features leadership programs, national and international committees, and other professional development programs that I have developed or attended. The primary professional development activities occur in K-12 education, leadership activities, and fellow graduate student activities.

Soil Science Society of America Graduate Student Membership Subcommittee

2011-2014

  • Developed and will be Presiding over a “Getting a Job in Non Governmental Organizations” in conjunction with the Early Career Membership Committee for the 2013 American Society of Agronomy Meetings in Tampa, FL.
  • Wrote professional development pieces for Crops, Soils, and Agronomy Magazine on behalf of the group, including the Art of Finding a Mentor
  • Organized and Presided over the “So What’s Next” career panel for the 2012 American Society of Agronomy Meeting in Cincinnati, OH.
  • Assisted in the development of a “So What’s Next” career panel for the 2011 American Society of Agronomy Meeting in San Antonio, TX.
  • Helped facilitate discussion in a graduate student meet and greet for the 2011 meetings.
This is the home page for the webpage I work with for the K-12 Committee.

This is the home page for the webpage I work with for the K-12 Committee.

Soil Science Society of America K-12 Education Committee

2011-2014

  • Updated  and wrote content for  the K-12 committee website content to a new web page
  • Helped generate PowerPoint’s for an online teacher’s guide for the Scoop! Soils book for fourth graders
  • Generated a list of activities and test question to be used in association with the teacher’s guide
  • Primary Author on a “Soils and Society” book chapter for use in a middle and high school soils textbook
  • Wrote curriculum on music, art, and creative writing in soil science

North Carolina State University Graduate Student Representative:

Raleigh, NC

2012-2013

  • Member of the Political Action and Special Projects Subcommittee
This is the one of the postcards designed through the Graduate Leadership Development Seminar.

This is the one of the postcards designed through the Graduate Leadership Development Seminar.

North Carolina State University Graduate Leadership Development Series

Raleigh, NC

2012

  • Developed a postcard, online videos, and a personal marketing strategy to promote the Preparing Future Leaders program at North Carolina State
  • Presented our marketing plan to the graduate school committee
  • Wrote a personal development plan

Agronomy Graduate Student Association:

Manhattan, KS

2009-2011 (2010 President)

  • Preside over a club of 50+ members and plan speakers, club activities and athletic events.
  • Created a travel scholarship program

Girls Researching Our World

Manhattan, KS

2009-2010

  • Serve as a mentor and role model at different programs throughout the year to give girls exposure to different in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math opportunities
  • Planned (on the planning committee) to design a workshop for girls from 6th-8th grade in Environmental Science

Society for Undergraduate Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities (SURSCA)

River Falls, WI

2008-2009 President, 2007-2008 Communications Officer

  • Oversaw public relations, advertising and communications for the club
  • Organized a research presentation from a professional soil scientist on “Agriculture and Biofuels: Carbon Cycling, Sequestration and Carbon Credits” in April of 2008
  • Developed and maintained the SURSCA web page as a resource to other undergraduate researchers
  • Chair of the student grant committee that developed and administered UWRF’s undergraduate grant program for 2007-2008 school year
  • Assisted in the planning and organizing for the 2008 Wisconsin State Research Symposium
  • Created promotional brochures for SURSCA and the State SURSCA Symposium
  • Wrote organizational materials on forming an undergraduate research group for other campuses
  • Organized a program promoting undergraduate research for high school students
  • Designed a how to brochure on finding international research internships

State SURSCA Organizational Conference

La Crosse, WI

2009

  • Organized and wrote material for a seminar on how to develop a unified undergraduate program for the state of WI
  • Coordinated food, invitations, and seminar logistics

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