2024 Science & Spirits

Save the Date!

March 8, 2024
5 – 10 PM CT

The 2024 Science & Spirits organizing committee and the University of Illinois Department of Crop Sciences are inviting you to attend our networking event scheduled on Friday, March 8th, from 5 PM to 10 PM CT at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center.  

This event brings together UIUC undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty in the field of plant sciences with industry representatives.

Building on the success of last year’s Science & Spirits, which boasted over 100 participants, 9 lightning talks, 24 posters, and the support of 9 industry sponsors, we are eager to replicate and surpass these achievements.

You don’t have to present to attend the event! Register here now.

Program

5:00 PM – 5:30 PM: Check-in, Poster/Booth set up
5:30 PM – 6:00 PM: Opening remarks
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Lightning talks
7:00 PM – 7:45 PM: Break & Networking
7:45 PM – 9:00 PM: Poster session & Networking 
9:00 PM – 9:30 PM: Closing remarks & Awards 

*6:30 – 9:00 PM: Complimentary food provided, cash bar available.

Opening Remarks Speaker

Dr. Patrick Tranel is a professor and the associate head of the Department of Crop Sciences. Dr. Tranel uses molecular and genomic approaches to investigate how weeds evolve in response to farmer’s attempts to manage them. His work aids in the development of effective, sustainable weed management systems.

Awards & Prizes

We are thrilled to announce the awards and cash prizes being offered at the 2024 Science and Spirits! Awards are eligible for both undergraduate and graduate students interested in entering the competition by presenting either a poster, a 3-minute lightning talk, or both. Please register and submit your abstract here.

Poster

1st

$150

2nd

$100

3rd

$50

Lightning Talk

1st

$150

2nd

$100

3rd

$50

Sponsors

Platinum

Gold

Silver