HCS Students & Faculty Attend Tri-Society Meeting

Jan. 27, 2022
HCS Crops and Soils Quiz Bowl Team

Salt Lake City, UT | November 7-10, 2021

The Tri-Society Meeting, a combination of the American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), & Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) was the perfect event for OSU HCS students & faculty to return to in-person meetings this winter.

Undergraduate Students

Photo of Crops and Soil Club Members8 undergraduate students from the Crops and Soils Club at OSU attended the Students in Agronomy, Soils and Environmental Sciences (SASES) portion of the meeting. The students participated in SASES events such as field trips, business meetings, Quiz Bowl, Crop Judging Contest and SASES Banquet, as well as networking with students from other universities, and attending technical sessions.

The students were able to partially subsidize costs of attending the meeting from fund-raising events such as tomato and pepper sales at the spring Plant Sale, and sandwich sales at Farm Science Review. Please reach out to the Crops and Soils Club Adviser Dr. David Barker if you’d like more info on the club & their activities.

Graduate Students

A wide variety of HCS labs were present including: the Marília Chiavegato Lab, the Alex Lindsey Lab, and the Laura Lindsey Lab. We had a strong showing from both our Masters and PhD students, including several competition winners and top 3 finishers (see chart below).

HCS Graduate students

Dr. Marília Chiavegato brought two of her students to the meeting: M.S. student, Marina Miquilini, and PhD student, Ricardo Ribeiro who both presented an oral presentation.

Dr. Alex Lindsey served as Chair of the C3 division and brought three of his students to the meeting. PhD student, Wanderson Novais, presented a 5-minute rapid talk and poster. M.S. student, Nasib Koirala, presented an oral presentation, a 5-min rapid talk, and a poster. M.S. student, Alysa Gauci, presented both an oral paper and a poster.

Dr. Laura Lindsey served as Chair-Elect of the C3 division and brought 6 of her students to the meeting. PhD student, Greg McGlinch, presented a poster and 5-minute rapid talk. M.S. students, Seth Kannberg, Fabiano Colet, and Todd Peterson, each presented an oral presentation. M.S. students, Branden Ritter, and Gabriela Silva-Pumarada, both presented a poster.


Top 3 Finishers



Presentation Title + Category

1st Place

Alysa Gauci

“Evaluating Pass Accuracy with Intentional Yield Variations for Two Grain Yield Monitoring Systems” Poster (M.S. Competition) In the Precision Agriculture Community

1st Place

Seth Kannberg

“Early Planted Soybeans in a Rye Cover Crop System” Talk (M.S. Competition) in the Applied Soybean Research Community

1st Place

Todd Peterson, Amber Bergman, Cori Lee, and Graham Carson

OSU HCS students finished 1st of 16 Universities that competed in the Quiz Bowl Team Competition.

2nd Place

Todd Peterson

Todd Peterson finished first-equal in the Crop Judging Contest. He moved to second after the tiebreaker.

3rd Place

Fabiano Colet

“Optimizing Soybean Seeding Rate By Planting Date” Talk (M.S. Competition) in the Applied Soybean Research Community

3rd Place

Branden Ritter


“Crop Rotation Influences on Fungal Community Complexity and Soil Carbon Stabilization” Poster (M.S. Competition) in the Soil Carbon and Greenhouse Gas Emission competition

3rd Place

Gabriela Silva-Pumarada


 “Measuring the Effects of Biochar on Corn (Zea mays L.) Seedling Emergence and Growth in Three Soil Types from the US Midwest” Poster (M.S. Competition) Biochars for Agricultural and Environmental Application Poster: Perspectives, Opportunity and Challenge competition

Thank you and congratulations to everyone who participated in the Tri-Society meeting in 2021. We had a fantastic time learning from our peers and catching up with friends both old, and new. We hope to see you at the 2022 Tri-Society meeting (November 6th-9th in Baltimore, Maryland).

HCS Graduate students at poster compeition