NEW LEXINGTON — Ohio State agriscience education student Haley Wilson recently attended the annual spring conference for the Consortium for Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Education (CABLE). The conference was held in early March at Colorado State University.

As a CABLE Student Delegate, Wilson completed a research project related to bioeconomy and presented it at the conference. Wilson’s project, completed with three other CABLE student delegates from across the nation, was “Beyond the Billon Ton Report: A look into the financial, technical, and motivational barriers facing the bioeconomy.” This project was sponsored by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

“Haley has been a great asset to the CABLE program as a student delegate. Her expertise is in agriscience education and communication and through the CABLE program, she used these skills to show the importance of social- science in a hard-science industry,” said Dr. Caryn Filson, assistant professor of professional practice for agriscience education and faculty mentor to Wilson. “Haley had the opportunity to collaborate with other student delegates, who were trained in the traditional hard-sciences, to help them better communicate and educate their research to the general public.”

In addition to the research project, Wilson also received leadership training, networked with industry leaders and learned about internship opportunities as part of the yearlong delegate program. Delegates participate in monthly one-hour webinars, attend two four-day events, conduct campus seminars and engagement projects on their home campus and participate in mentor sessions with a faculty mentor.

“As Haley’s faculty mentor, I was proud to see her step into a leadership role among her delegate peers and use her agriscience education skills to impact future leaders in the bioeconomy,” said Filson.

The agriscience education major at Ohio State prepares its students to acquire a license to teach agricultural science in secondary high schools in Ohio and across the country, with extensive training in agricultural science, educational psychology, instructional methods, and youth development. For additional information on the agriscience education major, visit acel.osu.edu or call 614-247-6358.

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