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Agribusiness and Applied Economics Undergrads Represent Ohio State at the Annual AAEA Student Section Competition

Aug. 28, 2013

With over 1,000 student organizations, The Ohio State University provides a wide range of opportunities for students to get involved and learn from hands-on engagement in their field of study.

One such organization, the OSU Chapter of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) – Student Section, is comprised of selected undergraduate students who represent the University at the annual AAEA conference. The students compete in the AAEA Undergraduate Student Section’s academic bowl. Additionally, there is a paper competition, an outstanding chapter competition, and a creative club competition that universities can also participate in. AEDE’s Dr. Steven Vickner is the advisor of the OSU team and he works with selected students over the course of the year to prepare for the competition.

Typically, 150 undergraduate students from all of the major agricultural universities within the U.S. and Canada participate in the AAEA Undergraduate Student Section’s annual competition. The gathering is a great opportunity for Ohio State to showcase its best and brightest Agribusiness and Applied Economics students, and it affords OSU attendees the opportunity to travel to a national economics conference, network with other students, organizations and professionals working in the field of agricultural economics, and learn about opportunities, including careers and graduate programs, available to them.

This year’s AAEA conference was held from August 4-6 in Washington D.C. Agribusiness and Applied Economics undergrad students Nick Rettig, Tyler Shade and Dan Imus proudly represented Ohio State in the academic bowl competition. Overall, 30 teams of students from across the U.S. and Canada competed.

The Ohio State team beat South Dakota State University in round one and lost to Louisiana State University in round two. Since it was a double elimination tournament OSU competed against the University of Missouri next, yet lost in that round. The University of Florida ultimately prevailed to win the overall tournament. 

Take a look at the slideshow below to see some of the experiences that the OSU Chapter of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) – Student Section had while attending the conference in Washington D.C.

August 28, 2013