The following year, in the spring of 1994, the Astronomy graduate students organized the second Grain Elevators and the Cosmos conference, a scientific meeting for students in astrophysics. It was held on the U of M campus May 27-29, immediately preceding the 184th meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) in downtown Minneapolis. Thirty-two graduate and undergraduate students from the Universities of Minnesota (including Morris), Washington, Pittsburg, Wisconsin, Georgia, and Caltech attended. Patterned on last year's successful event, the conference featured two days of student talks and posters describing their research projects. Students especially appreciated the anecdotes and advice during a keynote address on ``Getting a Job at A Small College'' by Dr. Jim Eckert, professor of physics at Harvey Mudd College in California. The conference was capped on Sunday afternoon by a keynote address from Dr. Hugh Van Horn, Director of the Astronomy Division at the National Science Foundation. Dr. Van Horn presented his analysis of the current status of astronomy support at the national level, the outlook for astronomy funding and the role of astronomy in the national science agenda. Conference participants were able to relax and visit with one another during a picnic Saturday evening held at the O'Brien Observatory. Click here for a group picture.