The Department of Agricultural Economics provides a friendly, professional environment where success in one's program is determined by the effort and energy one wants to apply. To ensure this environment, the Graduate Student Organization (GSO) functions as an organ of representation, communication, and coordination among graduate students of the Department of Agricultural Economics and between such students, faculty, and staff members of the Department of Agricultural Economics, College of Agriculture, the University of Kentucky, and the non-academic community.
Graduate students are encouraged to present papers at professional meetings and participate in academic programs that contribute to career development. Also, our excellent extension faculty is always willing to take graduate students along during trips around the state. Such trips are not only informative, but also provide a unique perspective on how extension and community outreach strengthen our department's relevance in the state's agricultural and general economic development.
The GSO plans social and academic functions throughout the year. Some of the activities planned for this coming year are:
President: Jerrod Penn firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President: Mahdi Asgari email@example.com
Treasurer: Andrew McLaughlin firstname.lastname@example.org
Information Officer: Omotoyasi "Omo" Van Wie email@example.com
For additional information about the GSO, please contact Jerrod or Mahdi. We would be happy to chat with you about the program, living in Lexington, or whatever you may need to know!
Feb. 2013- Graduate and Undergraduate students at SAEA in Orlando, FL
June 2012, Summer Ag Tour
Oct. 2011- GSO Outing to Reed Valley Orchard in Paris, KY
(Photo thanks to N. Zuo)
Ag Econ Grad Students at Professor Isaacs September 2011
(Photo thanks to W. Hu)
AgEcon GSO Great American Cleanup Service Event April 2011
(Photo thanks to L. Kompaniyets)
Short Courses on Software and Statistical Methods
These workshops are provided by UK's SSTARS Center and LISA at Virginia Tech.
Current video courses include:
Multivariate Methods: Principal Components Analysis, Factor Analysis, etc.