Category Archives: Students

Graduate student earns trip to the nation’s capital

Rahul Raman, a doctoral student under Dr. Nithya Rajan, has been selected as one of 18 graduate students nationwide to receive the 2020 Future Leaders in Science Award. The award will be formally presented March 2, 2020, in Washington D.C.. The award includes a trip to participate in the annual Congressional Visits Day, hosted by the Agronomy Society of America (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) and Soil Science Society of America (SSSA), on March 3. During the visit, the participants will meet with members of Congress… Read More →

FFA Agronomy Contest scheduled for March 28

The Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at Texas A&M University is hosting an Invitational Agronomy Contest for FFA members, Saturday, March 28, 2020, in College Station. The contest will include a general exam as well as testing the students knowledge in plant identification, pest identification and soils. The contest will be based on the Texas FFA format and rules. More information is included on this flyer:

Soil and Crop Sciences undergraduate’s internship initiates urban farm on campus

Writer: Beth Ann Luedeker Experiential learning enhances a student’s college experience and is a required part of the curriculum for undergraduates in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences. The department offers internships and study abroad opportunities to help students meet this requirement. Broch Saxton, one of the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences December graduates, created his own internship as a student leader and greenhouse project director with TAMU Urban Farm United (TUFU). TUFU is an urban farm that utilizes vertical towers — Tower Garden — that… Read More →

Students selected as SEED ambassadors

Three graduate students from the Texas A&M University Department of Soil and Crop Sciences have been selected to take part in the Scientists Engaging and Educating Decision-makers (SEED) Ambassador program. Holly Lane, a Master’s student under the supervision of Dr. Seth Murray; Mark McDonald, a doctoral student under the supervision of Drs. Katie Lewis and Terry Gentry; and Rahul Raman, a doctoral student under Drs. Nithya Rajan and Haly Neely, will be representing Texas A&M and our department for the next year. The SEED Ambassador program is a… Read More →

Aggie soil team headed to Nationals

The Texas A&M University Soil Judging Team represented well at the Region IV Collegiate Soils Judging contest hosted by the University of Arkansas in October. The team placed third overall, and placed 2nd in the pit. They will now advance to the national contest at the Ohio State University in April, 2020. The team consists of Kade Flynn, a junior Geology major; Nickolas Frisbee, a senior Plant and Environmental Soil Science (PSSC) major; Cody Garcia, a senior PSSC major; Marcus Rose, a senior Forestry major; Ashtyn Stufflebeam, a… Read More →

Redmon among Texas A&M honorees at annual crop, soil science conferences

Writer: Kay Ledbetter A Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service leader will be honored along with other Texas A&M faculty and students for their professional achievements Nov. 10-13 in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio. The recognitions will be made by the Crop Sciences Society of America, or CSSA; the American Society of Agronomy, or ASA; and the Soil Sciences Society of America, or SSSA, during their annual conference. ASA Fellow Larry Redmon, Ph.D., will be named an ASA Fellow on Nov. 12. Redmon is the associate… Read More →

Soil and crop student interning in Washington D.C.

Ashley Carter, a senior in the Texas A&M University Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, is one of 11 Aggie students spending the fall semester in Washington D.C. as part of the Agricultural & Natural Resources Policy (ANRP) Internship Program. Carter is pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Plant and Environmental Soil Science – Crops Emphasis, with a minor in Agricultural Economics. She expects to graduate in May 2020, after which she plans to pursue a career in international trade analysis and policy making. She is spending the… Read More →

Marsh named Borlaug Scholar by plant breeders

By: Kay Ledbetter Sarah Marsh, a senior in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at Texas A&M University, is one of 12 students recognized by the National Association of Plant Breeders, or NAPB, in the 2019 class of NAPB Borlaug Scholars. “The NAPB Borlaug Scholarship awards are given to exceptional students aspiring to a careers in plant breeding and genetics and who have a strong desire to contribute to the improvement of the plants that we all depend upon for our daily needs,” according to NAPB. This… Read More →

New mentor program pairs students with scientists

Five students from Texas A&M University, including two from the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, have been selected to participate in a new mentoring program sponsored by Bayer Crop Science. Karina Morales and Catherine Danmaigona Clement, both doctoral Plant Breeding students, are part of the initial cohort of this program which pairs graduate students and post-docs with Bayer scientists who serve as mentors for the next year. Morales, who is studying genome editing in rice under the supervision of Dr. Michael Thomson, has been paired with Dr…. Read More →

Soil and Crop Sciences Graduate Organization

By: Beth Ann Luedeker Contact: Mark McDonald – Students supporting other students As a new slate of officers is sworn in for the Soil and Crop Sciences Graduate Organization (SCGO), it is a good time to look back at the students who organized and led the group through its formative years. After conducting the first Plant Breeding Symposium, a graduate student planned and run event, a group of plant breeding students commiserated on some of the difficulties of graduate school. How nice it would be, they thought,… Read More →