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    ARD Research Symposium 2019


    Symposium Theme:
    The 1890 Research Agenda:  Making Critical Contributions to Rural Prosperity and Challenges in Food and Agriculture


  • The first ARD Research Symposium was held in 1976 to commemorate the United States’ Bicentennial and to showcase the varied accomplishments of research scientists and students at the 1890 Institutions. Similarly, the ARD Research Symposium in 2019 will provide opportunities for scientists and students to present research papers and posters that share innovative and practical research findings in the food and agricultural sciences.

    The 2019 Symposium will be held on March 29 - April 3, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta in Jacksonville, FL. This Symposium is expected to attract more than 900 participants and more than 500 research papers and posters will be presented. A major highlight of the Symposium will be the presentation of awards, especially the Morrison-Evans Outstanding Scientist Award, the B. D. Mayberry Young Scientist Award, and student awards for outstanding oral and poster presentations. Other activities include (a) General and Plenary Sessions, (b) Student Competitive Paper and Poster Sessions, (c) Scientists’ Paper and Poster Sessions, (d) Award Programs, (e) Exhibits by colleges and universities, government agencies, and private industry, and (f) special initiatives for students and workshops for all participants.

    Focusing on the theme of the Symposium, “The 1890 Research Agenda: Making Critical Contributions to Rural Prosperity and Challenges in Food and Agriculture” research papers and posters will be presented in five areas:

    • Plant Health and Production and Plant Products
    • Animal Health and Production and Animal Products
    • Food Safety, Nutrition and Health
    • Renewable Energy, Natural Resources, and Environment
    • Family, Youth, Community and Economic Development


    Request for Support

    Support is sought (through grants, exhibitors, and sponsors) for the conference, expenses, awards, and student-related activities. In addition to providing financial support, the 2017 Research Symposium provides an excellent opportunity for colleges and universities, agencies, firms, organizations, etc. to establish and/or expand relationships with the ARD and the 1890 Institutions. We invite you to take advantage of this educational and engagement opportunity.


    Contact Information

    Dr. Dyremple Marsh, or 
    Dr. Orlando F. McMeans

    Symposium Steering Committee Co-Chairs
    Phone for Dr. Marsh: 304.857.6400
    Email: DMarsh@desu.edu
    Phone for Dr. McMeans: 304-766-4291
    Email: mcmeanso@wvstateu.edu

    Dr. Alton Thompson
    Executive Director of the ARD
    E-Mail: alton06@gmail.com