CAFNR Research Day

May 7, 2021

8:45 – 9 a.m.

Inaugural CAFNR Research Day Kickoff
Hosted by Shibu Jose, Associate Dean, Office of Research; Director AES, Agricultural Experiment Station; Professor, School of Natural Resources

Associate Dean Shibu Jose will kickoff CAFNR Research Day by previewing the schedule, explaining the purpose of Research Day and introducing members of the CAFNR Research Council and Dean of the College.

Student Research Festival

Loriana9 – 9:15 a.m.

Preparing Tomorrow’s Leaders for Science (PTLS) Scholars Program
Featuring Loriana Sekarski, Leader of the PTLS Scholars Program
Hosted by Antje Heese, Associate Professor of Biochemistry

Loriana Sekarski will provide insight into how the PTLS Scholars Program enhances the soft skills of graduate students and post docs to become confident professionals able to lead, collaborate and communicate effectively in industry, business and academia.

Sarah Low

9:15 – 10:15 a.m.

CAFNR Graduate and Undergrad Student Research Festival
Hosted by Sarah Low, Fred V. Heinkel Chair in Agriculture, Agricultural and Applied Economics; Associate Professor of Regional Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics; Director, Exceed; and Justin Dijak, Graduate Student

CAFNR Research Council Chair Sarah Low and graduate student member Justin Dijak, both of the MU Division of Applied Social Sciences, will moderate an hour-long session sharing CAFNR student research opportunities including awards and funding, featuring short flash-talks from CAFNR students including: Meg Verda, Biochemistry; Mike Duong, FSB; Austin Sanders, DASS; Emily Piontek, SNR; Shu Yu Hsu, SNR; Pawan Basnet, Plant Sciences; Dalen Zuidema, Animal Sciences; Melody Muldrow, DASS; and Nasruddeen Al-Awwal, SNR.

10:15 – 11 a.m.

USDA funding opportunities for Grad Students: Panel on SARE, NIFA pre- and post-doc funding opportunities
Hosted by Allison Meyer, Associate Professor of Animal Sciences; Director of Graduate Studies, Animal Sciences

Allison Meyer will lead a panel discussing USDA-NIFA pre- and post-doctoral fellowships and SARE Graduate Student Grants, including an overview of these programs, their purposes and advice from former CAFNR recipients and panelists, Ashley Conway, MU Center for Agroforestry; and Karl Kerns, Iowa State University. Questions will be welcomed.

Research Speaker Sessions

Daniel Marenda11 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

Securing Post-doctoral Funding: Strategies, Assessment, and Feasibility
Keynote Speaker: Daniel Marenda, NSF Div. of Biological Infrastructure HR cluster
Hosted by Antje Heese, Associate Professor of Biochemistry

The keynote speaker, Dan Marenda, will give present “Securing Post-doctoral Funding: Strategies, Assessment, and Feasibility” that focuses on post-doc and infrastructure funding opportunities.

12 – 12:15 p.m.


12:15 – 1:15 p.m.

Grant Resources – All in One Place and
Shared Credit – Why You Should Care

Hosted by Sheryl Koenig, Grant Proposal Manager, Research Development Office; and Liz Bent, Grants and Contracts Specialist, CAFNR Business Services

The CAFNR Grants Team will showcase their online site which contains resources for PIs when searching for funding opportunities and writing grant applications. There is info for seasoned investigators as well as a special section for new investigators. They’ve got links to different resources you might need, instructions for putting a budget together and other grant writing tips. One of resources included is an explanation of Shared Credit. They’ll spend a few minutes during this session talking about shared credit and why you should care about it. Exhibits will include reports that campus administrators use to determine the productivity level of faculty. Questions will be welcomed!

Tom Spencer

1:15 – 1:45 p.m.

What is NextGen? What it means for CAFNR
Hosted by Shibu Jose and Theresa Musket
Presented by Thomas Spencer, Curators’ Distinguished Professor; Scientific Director, NextGen Precision Health Initiative; and Interim Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development

The NextGen Precision Health building is a state-of-the-art, 265,000-square-foot facility that will open in October 2021. Tom Spencer will talk about NextGen Precision Health and what it means to the College of Agriculture, Food and Nature Resources.