AMSA 2019 Student Leadership Conference

The 2019 Student Leadership Conference (SLC) will be held March 15-16th in Louisville, Kentucky, focusing on diverse careers in the meat science industry. This year's theme will be exploring exciting and unique career opportunities to show students the diverse span of the meat science industry. Students will determine some strong traits of their personality and how those relate to future career aspirations while hearing from representatives of different branches of the meat science industry. SLC will include industry tours to showcase some unique aspects of Louisville and opportunities in the agricultural industry. It will be a very educational and fun experience for any student or school who can attend. This year’s conference sponsored by the AMSA Educational Foundation, Merck Animal Health, and Nestle Purina.

Event Details:

Dates: March 15-16, 2019
Location: Louisville, Kentucky


Friday March 15th
Tours Available:

8am- JBS Pork Plant Tour

11am- JBS Pork Plant Tour
1200 Story Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

2pm & 4pm- Churchill Downs Group Tour

Jim Beam Distillery Tour – Tours available during business hours 1pm-9pm

SLC Networking Event
6:00pm – 9:00pm –- Join us in the Eagle Room of The Sports and Social Club for a nacho bar and bowling.

4th Street Live!
The Sports and Social Club   
411 S 4th St
Louisville, KY 40202

Saturday March 16th

8:00am - Arrive at Muhammad Ali Conference Center
              144 N Sixth St.
              Louisville, KY 40202
              * Parking is available at the garage next to the center for a fee.

8:30-11am: Predictive Insight Analysis-find your strengths to find your dream job!
Sherry Leggett, Certified Angus Beef

11:00-11:30am:   Lunch and Nestle Purina and Merck Animal Health sponsor presentations

11:30am-12:00pm: Keith Rogers, Kentucky Department of Agriculture Chief of Staff

12-1:30:  Meat Science Career Q&A Session 1: Jacqueline Ponce, Sealed Air; Sharon Beals, CTI Foods; Tricia Harlan, JBT Corp; Benjy Mikel, John R. White Company

1:30-2: Break

2-3:30: Meat Science Career Q&A Session2: Jennie Hodgen, Merck Animal Health; Staci DeGeer, Nestle Purina; Katelyn Hawkins, Kentucky Beef Council

3:30-4: Pictures and Networking

Registration Rates:

Regular Registration - After 2/19/2019 the rates will increase! 
  • Undergraduates: $100
  • Graduate Students: $100
  • Young Professionals $150
Click here to register online! 


Hampton Inn Louisville Downtown, KY
101 E Jefferson St,
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 585-2200

Group Name: Student Leadership Conference
Booking Link: http://group.hamptoninn.com/studentleadershipconference
Please note, the entire URL must be copied and pasted for it to work properly.

Research Chefs Association Conference

AMSA has partnered with the Research Chefs Association to offer a special discount to students who wish to attend the RCA Conference also being held in Louisville, KY March 13-15.  Student who wish to attend the RCA Expo on Thursday, March 14 and/or the programs on Friday March 15 can register using the code AMSA19 to attend for $100. RCA student members are also invited to attend the SLC. More details about the RCA Conference can be found here.  

AMSA Student Membership Student Leadership Conference Travel Scholarship

Travel scholarships will be given to a number of universities this year for the Student Leadership Conference (SLC). Each university will be presented with a predetermined travel scholarship at the 2019 SLC to assist with the travel costs of SLC. The objective of this travel scholarship is to assist universities with students interested in attending the 2019 AMSA Student Leadership Conference March 15-16, 2019 in Louisville, Kentucky.  As a student association it is important to create opportunities to benefit those interested in the meat industry by providing them with educational and networking opportunities. This university travel scholarship is sponsored by the AMSA Student Membership.

Applications for the Student Leadership Conference Scholarship must be received no later than February 18, 2019 11:59pm. Applications must be submitted as one PDF emailed file attachment to scholarships@meatscience.org please use your full name as the title of the PDF and subject line in the email.   If you have questions or need additional information on the program, contact Rachel Adams, at radams@meatscience.org.  

2019 Applications are Closed

More information coming soon!

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