98th SD-APS Annual Meeting was a virtual meeting held February 15-19, 2021.
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Graduate Student Research Competition
Monday, February 15, 2021; 8:30 AM CST – 1:00 PM CST
Tuesday, February 16, 2021; 8:00 AM CST – 12:00 PM CST
Tune in for the highly anticipated Graduate Student Research Competition! Due to the virtual format, the competition will take place over two days in 2021.
For general information about the competition, please visit the Graduate Student Research Award Competition webpage.
Graduate Student Networking Event
Monday, February 15, 2021; 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM CST; Cost: FREE with full meeting registration
Gather together to network with your colleagues and practice your elevator pitch! A series of breakout rooms will be used to help you connect with others and build your network. Participants will practice and refine their elevator pitches as they introduce themselves to their colleagues. This event is geared towards graduate students, post-docs, and early career professionals.
Graduate Student Poster Competition
Tuesday, February 16, 2021; 1:00 PM CST – 2:00 PM CST
Posters will be available for viewing throughout the week of the meeting. However, student presenters in the Graduate Student Poster Competition will be available during the listed time to answer questions about their research.
For general information about the competition, please visit the
Graduate Student Poster Competition webpage.
Graduate Student/Post-doc Social/Meeting
Tuesday, February 16, 2020; 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM CST; Cost: FREE with full meeting registration
Get to know your fellow graduate students and post-docs and discuss the role and future goals of graduate students and postdocs within the Division. Be sure to join in to learn the results of the Graduate Student Representative election and meet your new Graduate Student Representative!
For more information, please contact: Teddy Garcia Aroca (TGarciaAroca@agcenter.lsu.edu) or Hope Becton (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Symposium: Louisiana Extension Perspectives
Wednesday, February 17, 2021; 8:00 AM CST – 9:30 AM CST; Cost: FREE with full meeting registration
Extension specialists with the LSU AgCenter share their experiences in agronomy, entomology, horticulture, pathology, and weed science offering perspective on the diverse issues facing Louisiana stakeholders.
Wednesday, February 17, 2021; 9:45 AM CST – 11:15 AM CST; Cost: FREE with full meeting registration
The success of the annual Southern Division APS meeting is highly dependent upon on sponsors! Join us in this session as we give the floor to our sponsors.
Talk to an Expert
Wednesday, February 17, 2021; 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM CST; Cost: FREE with full meeting registration
You have questions, we have answers! If you have questions about various plant pathology roles, “next steps”, or how to be successful in various endeavors and positions (Extension, government, industry, early career, APS volunteers), this is an opportunity for you! Experts from various positions and career levels will be available in Zoom rooms to answer your questions and provide advice based on their experience. Join one meeting and stay for the duration or spend a little time in multiple sessions.
Oral Technical Session
Thursday, February 18, 2021; 8:00 AM CST – 12:00 PM CST; Cost: FREE with full meeting registration
The scientific program continues with oral presentations from membership throughout the Southern Division!
Poster Technical Session
Thursday, February 18, 2021; 1:00 PM CST – 2:00 PM CST; Cost: FREE with full meeting registration
Posters will be available for viewing throughout the week of the meeting. However, presenters of technical posters will be available during this time to answer questions.
Workshop (Tentative) - Genomic Approaches to Plant Pathology: Bioinformatics as a Powerful Tool
Date and time: TBD; Cost: TBD
In the advent of new, more powerful sequencing technologies in the past few decades, analyses of DNA/RNA sequences have become a common tool used by plant scientists, using large datasets that provide more insights into common problems. In this workshop, we will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using these types of data to model and solve problems in plant pathology, with short demonstrations from experts in the field.
Careers 101 Workshop: CVs
Friday, February 19, 2021; 8:00 AM CST – 10:00 AM CST; Cost: FREE (registration required)
curriculum vitae is an essential to every job application, but format and organization can vary by position. Whether applying for a job in academia, industry, or government, a professional CV is critical. This workshop will provide students and early career professionals with experience in comparing and critiquing CVs for each position type, as well as tips for writing their own. An after-hours session will be included for students who wishes to have their CVs reviewed by workshop experts.
Registration by January 29, 2021, is required in order to participate in this workshop.
For more information about this event, please contact: Nicole Gauthier (email@example.com)
Business Meeting and Awards Ceremony
Friday, February 19, 2021; 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM CST
Join your SD-APS colleagues for the official business meeting led by the SD-APS Executive Committee to review the Division business and hear an update from APS Council The Awards Ceremony to recognize our scholarship recipients, student competition winners, 2020 Outstanding Plant Pathologist, and the Donald M. Ferrin Memorial Service Award recipient will immediately follow. Hang in for just a bit longer for the highly anticipated reading of the 2021 SD-APS Meeting Resolutions!