An Ode to Spring Semester 2023

June 1, 2023
HCS Faculty Retreat

Wow can’t believe it's already June - time sure flies when you're having fun! This spring semester (2023) was an absolute blast and packed to the brim with events, awards, teaching, researching & extension projects! The stellar undergraduate students, graduate students, staff, and faculty that make up the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science accomplished a wide array of feats.

We wanted to slow down for a second and share just a few highlights from our department this past spring:

HCS Distinguished Seniors posing with their awards
Undergraduate Student Accomplishments

A few of our Graduate Research Symposium award winners

Graduate Student Accomplishments
  • David Zelaya received the 2023 TOP Fellowship
  • Fabiano Colet received the 2023 Ohio Soybean Council Scholarship
  • Tyler Vanlandingham received the Bill Rose Foundation Scholarship
  • Sarah Francino won the Environmental Science Graduate Program (ESGP) Outreach Award
  • The HCS Graduate Student Association (GSA) hosted the 16th Annual Graduate Research Symposium
    • Proposal Winners: (1) Ty Rich, (2) Shashini Anuththara Neththasinghe, (3) Corinne Mira Marfori-Nazarea
      • People's Choice Award (three-way tie): Tyler VanLandinghamTy RichAlexandre Fameli Mammana
    • Results Winners: (1) John Ertle, (2) Jack McCoy, (3) Cullen Dixon
      • People's Choice Award: Kelly Mikhail

HCS graduate students at the 2023 Graduate Research Symposium

Staff Accomplishments

Some of the HCS staff + faculty CFAES award winners

Faculty Accomplishments

PENRA team receiving their award at the CFAES awards

Grab Bag
  • We debuted the new Controlled Environment Agriculture Minor!
  • Dr. David Francis teamed up with OSU Plant Pathology and the CFAES Knowledge Exchange to create an interactive tomato field to learn about combatting bacterial spot disease in tomato
  • As part of a Graduate Student Exchange (with the University of Tennessee, University of Kentucky, and Virginia Tech) Maureen Kahiu and Ethan Darby from the University of Tennessee Department of Plant Sciences came to visit us for a few days and presented research seminars. In exchange, HCS graduate students, John Ertle and Chelsie Rodriguez traveled to the University of Kentucky to do the same.
  • Drs. Laura Lindsey and Osler Ortez have teamed up to launch the 'Battle for the Belt' project – they’re focused on determining which crop should be planted first; corn or soybean! 


COSI Events
  • The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) hosted the inaugural We Grow Scientists event at Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory. “We Grow Scientists” was a free event open to learners of all ages looking to learn more about STEM in their community as part of the COSI Science Festival (May 3-6, 2023). Many HCS individuals + labs volunteered to help with the event! 

  • We had so much fun at the first COSI event, we held a "Better Grow Hydro" booth at the COSI Big Science Celebration as well. This booth would not have been possible without the Kubota Lab!

HCS faculty, staff and students leading activities at We Grow Scientists
New Faculty Hires

6 of our new faculty members smiling infront of a greenhouse

We look forward to a great summer + keeping this positive momentum going!