Graduate: Graduate News & Awards
Plant Science Recognition Ceremony
Borlaug LEAP Fellowship Grant Awarded
Congratulations, Nafeti Mheni! Nafeti was awarded a $20,000 grant from the Borlaug LEAP Fellowship program. The Borlaug-LEAP program is a leadership program that helps fund research and activities in the field of agriculture. Nafeti will travel to the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in Mexico, Ethiopia, and expand his research in Tanzania. His project involves association analysis and genomic selection to breed for short season wheat that can avoid drought in Tanzania and Kenya. The grant will go into effect in June of 2013.
Ten students win awards at the 2012 Graduate Research Retreat
Ten HCS graduate students won awards at the Research Retreat on October 12 and 13 in Columbus. Sixteen students made oral presentations and 10 displayed posters describing results of their research on topics ranging from molecular genetics to food safety to medicinal plants.
The Retreat was organized and conducted by graduate students and was funded in part by contributions from industry and other stakeholders.
Awards for oral presentations went to Shaun Broderick, Jose Zambrano Mendoza, Bizhen Hu, and Nicole Edelman. Awards for proposal presentations were given to Caleb Orchard and Lu Zhao. In the poster presentation category, Shan Wu, Brian Iaffaldona, Caitlin Splawski, and Josh Clevenger were award winners.
The Retreat included a presentation by Dr. Thomasz Prezepiorkowski, a graduate of the Horticulture and Crop Science Department, and the ever popular Jim Chatfield, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist. This Retreat is the annual event at which HCS students and faculty from Wooster and Columbus campuses gather to share research findings and plans for future research.
First Row: Caitlin Splawski, Bizhen Hu, Shan Wu
Second Row: Nichole Edelman, Lu Zhao, Shan Broderick, Brian Iaffaldano
Third Row: Josh Clevenger, Caleb Orchard, Jose Zambrano Mendoza
Yi Zang: Recognition for Research & Service
Yi Zang is a Graduate Research Associate in the Viticulture Program based on the Wooster campus. In addition to his research committments, he strives to get involved in campus life and he has been recognised for his contribution to both science and service.
His recent accomplishments have included:
- Selected Presenter, the 25th Annual Edward J. Hayes Graduate Research Forum at Ohio State
- 2012 Delegate Award for Exceptional Service, the Council of Graduate Students, OSU
- 2011 Scholarship of American Society for Enology and Viticulture/Eastern Section
Member, Gamma Sigma Delta - The Honor Society of Agriculture. Certification in recognition of outstanding achievement or service
Edward F. Hayes Research Forum
The Edward F. Hayes Research Forum call for abstracts is coming up October 26th to November 30th!
Now in its 27th year, the Edward F. Hayes Graduate Research Forum is co-sponsored by the Council of Graduate Students, the Graduate School, and the Office of Research. Its purposes are to: Feature excellent research conducted by Ohio State graduate students; Recognize outstanding graduate student scholarship within the University; Encourage graduate students to share their research with the Ohio State community; Facilitate exchange between students, faculty, administration, and the public.
Horticulture and Crop Science's Matthew Kost took second place in the oral section of the Hayes Forum last year.
The forum is scheduled for Friday, March 1, 2013 at The Ohio State University, Ohio Union, 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Graduate Student Presentation Award for Munoz
Masters student Marcela Munoz (L) won the Graduate Student Presentation Award at the American Society of Agronomy - C5 Division Meetings in Texas, October 2011.
National Scholarship Winners at STMA
HCS students at the National Sports Turf Managers Association Conference in Long Beach CA, January 2012. Masters student Matt Williams (L) won the SAFE Foundation Graduate Scholarship for his work on shade stress in sports stadia. Nick Fisher (3rd left) and Travis Hohlbein (2nd right) were awarded undergraduate scholarships.