One of the opportunities afforded AREC grad students (and sometimes undergrad majors also) is the chance to present their research to a wider audience than just AREC members. For current M.S. student Elena Chin, this occasion has arisen twice during her time in the Department. In 2018 Elena and AREC professor Russ Tronstad, Elena's thesis director, attended the annual Arizona Cooperative Extension Conference where Elena displayed and discussed a poster of her research into consumer food shopping outlet preferences in the rural areas of Yavapai County. Elena notes that examinations of this kind in rural areas are “generally underrepresented in national or even state-level studies.”
Elena Chin and Dr. Russ Tronstad at the 2018 Arizona Cooperative Extension Conference…
Then just last month in March, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) held its annual all college poster forum and Elena again had her work on display. “CALS is very diverse college with people working in many different fields. The poster session is a way to educate college members on the research and work being done by others outside of our own areas. Often times at a conference we present our results to other researchers that have the same background as us. However, a lot of times, it is more important to communicate and learn from other disciplines to enhance our thinking process and the direction of our own discipline.”
…and at the 2019 CALS poster session.