MAPSS was established in 1973, the Minnesota Association of Professional Soil Scientists (MAPSS) is the only organization representing the professional interests of soil scientists in Minnesota. MAPSS promotes the understanding and wise use of Minnesota's soil resources. Our members consist of professional soil scientists, consultants, researchers, teachers and students, as well as those who just have an interest in soils.
MAPSS would like to invite all 2015 MAPSS members to the MAPSS Summer Social on Saturday, Aug 15 – from 1:00PM to 4:00PM at the Badger Hill Brewing Company, Shakopee Minnesota.
The official tour of the brewery starts at 2:00PM. The rest of the time is self-guided tour in the tap room or adjoining patio area. Come and join us for some social time!
Tour is free, beverages are on your own. They are kid friendly and serve hand crafted soda as well.
If you plan on attending, please email your RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Benefits of MAPSS Membership
As a member of MAPSS you receive discounts on two MAPSS events each year. These are great opportunities to network with other soil scientists from all walks of life in the upper Midwest. You will also be the first to read the MAPSS newsletter and the first to receive job announcements!
What We Do
support activities that provide continuing education for Professional Soil Scientists and promote the understanding of soils. MAPSS offers:
- Summer meetings where we go outside to look at soils, landscapes, geology, soil use, etc.
- Winter meetings, held the first Friday in December, are where we provide a forum for speakers to talk about advances in soil science and technology.
- Business meetings at our summer and winter meetings in order to keep members up to date with committees activities.
As a member you will have the opportunity to:
- Become an officer of MAPSS.
- Participate on a variety of committees.
- Be recognized as "Soil Scientist of the Year."
- The chance to earn continuing education for licensed Professional Soil Scientists.
MAPSS 2015 Scholarship
interest in the profession of soil science. The discipline of soil science along with related disciplines
such as soil conservation or natural resources will be considered for this scholarship. Two individuals will receive $700 each. This scholarship was first offered in 2011 in memory of Laurie Brown, a longtime MAPSS member. Applicants must provide an application form, 150 word essay, and college transcripts.
The results are in! The 2015 MAPSS Scholarships have been awarded.
Twelve students representing three schools in Minnesota (St. Cloud
State, University of Minnesota - Duluth, University of Minnesota - Twin
Cities) applied for these scholarships. Thank you to the MAPSS
Scholarship committee for taking the time to review the applications.
The two scholarships were awarded to:
Kaleiilma F. N. Holt - working toward a BS
Jared Spackman - working toward an MS
2015 Region 5 Soil Judging Contest In Grand Rapids, MN
This year’s Region V Collegiate Soil Judging Contest will be hosted by the University of Minnesota’s Department of Soil, Water and Climate out of Grand Rapids, MN. 8 teams from around the region and over 80 students and coaches are expected to converge on Grand Rapids on Sunday, September 20th. Students will have an opportunity to explore the diverse soils and landscapes of the Grand Rapids area on practice days through Wednesday, September 23rd. Contest day will be September 24th. The 2015 contest will be organized with the support of a number of partners, including the US Forest Service, USDA-NRCS, MAPSS Volunteers, and University of Minnesota Extension personnel. Additional volunteers may be needed as pit monitors the day of the contest (September 24th) - if you are interested, please contact Dr. Nic Jelinski (email@example.com), who is the primary contest organizer. Drs. Ed Nater and Jay Bell will co-coach this year’s team.