Depending on the topics and questions that need to be addressed, the seminar could be presentation-based or group discussions. As our audience is academically diversified, we focus on more general topics from various fields of study such as biotechnology, journalism, economics, literature etc. and relate to Vietnamese contexts if possible.

Dr. Jerry Nelson, Professor Emeritus at Department of Plant Science, is the Committee Advisor. The seminar committee chairs include:

  1. Hoa Hoang, Phd student in Agricultural and Applied Economics, VSA President 2010-2011;
  2. Thi Ho, Post Doctoral Researcher in Plant Sciences, Former Researcher at Cuu Long Delta Rice Research Institute
  3. Thong Thai, Master’s in Architectural Studies, Assistant at the Vietnam Institute; and
  4. Quyen Nguyen, Master’s Student in Public Affairs.

The Board of the Vietnamese Student Association greatly helps organize this series with registering rooms and providing light snacks for each seminar. A report on each seminar will be posted on the Vietnam Institute’s website for follow-ups.

Starting in Fall 2012 semester, the seminar series will be held bi-weekly with 4 presentations. All seminars will be on Monday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm at room South 204, Memorial Union. Schedule for Fall 2012 is as follows:

. Oct 1st Research Method and Grant Writing - Dr. Jerry Nelson . Oct 15th Genetically Modified (GM) Crops: Status and Development - Cuong Nguyen . Nov 5th Biodiversity and Its Importance - Dr. Robert Sites . Nov 26th Discussion: Positive Leadership & Community Development - Hoa Hoang (lead)

Feel free to pass along to any interested person. If you have any questions, please email to Hoa Hoang [].

(Photo: The seminar committee members with Dr. Jerry Nelson at the seminar opening day)