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Women in Agronomy, Crops, Soils and Environmental Sciences

The Women in Agronomy, Crops, Soils, and Environmental Sciences Committee is dedicated to:

  • promoting the status of women in the three Societies,
  • encouraging women to achieve professional excellence,
  • establishing networks of women in the agronomic, crops, soils, and environmental sciences,
  • sponsoring meetings to address issues of special concerns to professional women in our sciences, and
  • fostering the informal exchange of information and contacts in support of professional activities of women.

View On Being a Student by Donald E. Simanek - recommended reading from the WACSES 2010 luncheon speaker Dr. John Norman. Dr. John Norman was a Professor in the Departments of Soil Science and Atmospheric and Oceanic Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is current Emeritus Professor.

A special thank you to David E. Clay, Professor, South Dakota State University, for his general contribution to the Women in Agronomy, Crops, Soils, and Environmental Sciences Committee to support graduate student attendance at the Annual Meetings luncheon.

2014 Workshop Speaker Announced!

The Women in Agronomy, Crops, Soils and Environmental Sciences committee is sponsoring a luncheon workshop, led by Chavonda Jacobs-Young, first female director of the USDA-ARS, at this year’s WACSES Luncheon on Tuesday, November 4 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. The luncheon is an important venue for networking and for gaining strategies to overcome potential obstacles to career success. The goal of the luncheon is to provide opportunities to promote women of all career levels in science and in the Societies. The attendance of students at the luncheon is the first step to their greater involvement with the Societies and this involvement will, in turn, help foster the leaders of tomorrow.Space is limited – sign up early to for this lively and enlightening luncheon workshop.  A limited number of discounted tickets for students is available via the annual meeting registration.

Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young

Chavonda Jacobs-Young

ARS Administrator

Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young recently served as ARS Associate Administrator for National Programs, where she led the Office of National Programs which manages the research objectives of the Agency.  She also led the Office of International Research Programs which is responsible for ARS’ liaison with its international partners. 

Prior to moving into her role at ARS, Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young served as the Director of the Office of the Chief Scientist in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where she was responsible for facilitating the coordination of scientific leadership across the Department to ensure that research supported by, and scientific advice provided to, the Department and external stakeholders were held to the highest standards of intellectual rigor and scientific integrity.  She also served as the Acting Director for USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. 

Dr. Jacobs-Young was a senior policy analyst for agriculture in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy where she supported the President’s science adviser and others within the Executive Office of the President on a variety of agricultural scientific activities and worked across the Federal Government to improve interagency cooperation and collaboration on high-priority scientific issues.

Dr. Jacobs-Young is a native of Georgia.  She holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Wood and Paper Science and a B.S. degree in Pulp and Paper Science and Technology from North Carolina State University.  She also is a graduate of American University’s Executive Leadership in Public Policy Implementation Program. 

 

Mentoring Award
The influence and support of persons established in their careers is essential for young scientists to achieve high levels of accomplishment, job satisfaction, and career advancement.The Women in Agronomy, Crops, Soils, and Environmental Sciences Committee presents an award to recognize the efforts of established scientists and professionals in the agronomy, crop, soil, and environmental sciences who have encouraged the advancement of women and girls in our sciences based on their record of teaching, mentoring, and acting as a role model for advancement.

Mentoring Award - Closed for 2014

The Women in Agronomy, Crops, Soils, and Environmental Sciences Committee nominations for the 2014 mentoring award are now closed. The award is given based on: 1) demonstration of consistent leadership and support for the advancement of women and girls in agronomy, crops, soils, and environmental sciences; 2) service as a mentor, role model or key player to encourage and advance girls and women in agronomy, crops, soils, and environmental sciences; or 3) work to stimulate change in the social conditioning of girls and women with regard to our sciences. The nominee need not be a member of ASA, CSSA, or SSSA. Awardees are nominated by peers and selected by committee. Nominees must be living at the time of nomination.

Mentoring efforts may be demonstrated by such things as the number of women mentored in academic, government, or industry positions; assisting students in presenting and publishing their work, finding financial aid, and providing career guidance; providing psychological support, encouragement, and strategies for maintaining work-life balance for early-career professionals in agronomy, crops, soils, and environmental sciences; and continued interest in the individual professional advancement of women scientists.

Nomination packets must consist of: 

1) A short summary (no more than 300 words) of the nominee’s credentials and activities with regard to their advancement of women in the agronomic sciences (nominee need not be a member of ASA, CSSA, and/or SSSA);

2) A letter (no more than 2 pages) from the nominator (must be a member of ASA, CSSA, and/or SSSA) outlining the major accomplishments of the nominee;

3) Two outside letters of recommendation supporting the nomination (no more than 2 pages each) from ASA, CSSA, and/or SSSA members;

4) A short vitae (2-page maximum) for the nominee with an additional page for current (past 5 years) publications and/or significant accomplishments.

The nominator letter should document mentoring using, for example, information on the number of women mentored in academic, government, or industry positions; accounts of assisting students in presenting and publishing their work and finding financial aid, providing career guidance; psychological support, encouragement, and strategies for maintaining work-life balance for early-career professionals in agronomy, crops, soils, and environmental sciences. The nominator letter should demonstrate the mentor’s continued interest in the individual professional advancement of women scientists.  

Information on submitting nomination packets for 2015 will be available when the award opens. 

 

View Past Mentoring Award Recipients

 

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