Next Generation Scientists Attend 2013 Biodiesel Conference

About 20 college students who are members of the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel had a unique opportunity to grow their passion for biodiesel by attending the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in 2013.


Morgan Curtis, Dartmouth University

Check out the awesome video and blog post on the experience by Morgan Curtis, a Dartmouth student who attended the conference! She is a co-chair of NGSB, and says attending the conference made a big impression.

“I see biofuels as an important inevitability: we can either dig our energy from the ground, or we can capture it from the sun,” Curtis said. “We need liquid fuels, and today we can displace petroleum with biodiesel. It’s a no-brainer, and I do it myself every time I fill up my diesel car.”

NBB awarded scholarships to the conference to applicants ranked by the NGSB co-chairs. In its third year, the United Soybean Board supports the program through the soybean checkoff.


2013 Scholars

Many students also presented on their research during a poster session, giving attendees a glimpse into the promising research of tomorrow’s scientists. Listen to interviews of students talking about their research.


Jeremy Ferrell, a PhD student at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Discusses His Research

A highlight of the event was a mentoring luncheon with biodiesel’s top scientists.


Mentoring Luncheon

“This opportunity allowed me to make contacts with NGSB members and biodiesel professionals that I would never have made otherwise,” said Colin Stewart, a student at the University of Colorado – Boulder. “The conference opened my eyes to the biodiesel industry, its future, and how I can play a role in it. I truly appreciate it.”


Colin Stewart, University of Colorado – Boulder

Check out some dynamic multimedia, including interviews with the young scientists and photos, from the conference blog!