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News article: 2018 HCS Graduate Research Symposium

The 2018 HCS Graduate Research Symposium held in Wooster showcased the amazing research being conducted by the department’s graduate students. The students had the opportunity to compete in oral and poster competitions, hear from guest speakers (Dr. Gitta Coaker and Jordan Hoewischer), and network with faculty and fellow graduate students.

Competition awards


1st Vivian Bernau

2nd Sarah McNulty

3rd Sean Fenstemaker


PhD Research Presenation

1st Michael Dzackovich

Media mention: Young scientist profile: Michael Dzakovich

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News article: Graduate Research Retreat

The Department of Horticulture and Crop Science held its Graduate Research Retreat on October 13 and 14 in Wooster, Ohio. The retreat is a way for the graduate students of HCS to show off their hard work. Oral and Poster presenations were held over the two days.

Winners of the competition are listed below: 

Oral Presenations

M.S. Proposal 1st Place: Alyssa Lamb

M.S. Research 1st Place: Juan Quijia Pillajo

Ph.D. Proposal 1st Place: Andika Gunadi 

Ph.D. Research 

Event: HCS Colloquium

Presenter: Michael Dzakovich

Advisor: Dr. David Francis

SAC members: Dr. Joshua Blakeslee, Dr. Leah McHale, Dr. Steven J. Schwartz

Proposal Type:  PhD Proposal

Title of Presentation: Leveraging Natural Variation in Carotenoid Biosynthetic Genes and Implications for Human Health