While many students are pursuing professional development opportunities, such as internships in the summer, this is also the time of year when many faculty members and graduate students are engaging with their professional networks at conferences. Conferences are a great way for ACES faculty and graduate students to present their research and get early feedback before publication. These are also important networking venues – you can meet new collaborators, see old friends, and for our graduate students on the job market, talk with potential employers.
Last week, the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) held its annual conference in Washington, D.C. The Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics (ACE) was well represented at the meetings, with ACE faculty and graduate students involved in over 40 research posters and presentations! In addition, two ACE faculty members were recognized at the AAEA Awards Ceremony. Gary Schnitkey, professor, was awarded the Distinguished Extension/Outreach Program for faculty members with more than 10 years of experience. Professor Scott Irwin and ACE alum Dwight Sanders were awarded the Bruce Gardner Memorial Prize for their research article “The Impact of Index and Swap Funds on Commodity Futures Markets.” Congrats to Gary, Scott, and Dwight on their achievements and cheers to the ACE department for their strong representation of the College of ACES and University of Illinois in D.C.!