Category Archives: Students

Soil and Crop Sciences students seek to impact global food security

By: Beth Ann Luedeker Contact: Karina Morales, kymorales11@tamu.edu Tackling global agriculture/food security issues is one of the primary goals of an advanced agriculture education. Karina Morales, a soil and crop sciences doctoral student under Dr. Michael Thompson, may have the opportunity to make an noticeable impact as she works toward her degree. At the U.S. Borluag Summer Institute for Global Food Security, Morales and her team, “Team Bangladesh”, had the winning proposal in the mock USAID grant funding project. This earned the students a trip to the World… Read More →

Soil and Crop Sciences’ Golden Girls

Three soil and crop sciences students, Savanna Shelnutt, Caitlyn Lakey and Nicole Shigley, have been named as Golden Opportunity Scholars for 2018-19 by the American Society of Agronomy. All three are in their senior year, working toward their Bachelor of Science degrees in Plant and Environmental Soil Science. From Spring, TX, Nicole plans to pursue her Master of Science in soil science and her professional soil science license. Ultimately, Nicole would like to have a job that connects soil education to the public. Savanna is originally from Montgomery,… Read More →

Aggie Weed Science students compete in Memphis

Writer: Beth Ann Luedeker Contact: Dr. Muthu Bagavathiannan, muthu@tamu.edu Members of the Texas A&M weeds judging team represented our university and department well at the 2018 Southern Weed Science Society contest in Memphis, Tennessee, last month. The Aggie A-Team finished fourth out of 12 teams representing ten colleges and universities. Prabhu Govindasamy, a Ph.D. candidate under Dr. Muthu Bagavathiannan , turned in a perfect score in the herbicide symptomology competition to share top honors with two other students from other universities. He was also the 4th high individual… Read More →

Students Win with PulCe Muffins

By: Beth Ann Luedeker Contact: Dr. Joseph Awika  awika@tamu.edu  979-845-2985   Shreeya Ravisankar and Tadesse Teferra, both doctoral students under Dr. Joseph Awika, and with Celeste Totten, an undergraduate in food science, have been working for many months to create a new breakfast muffin. Last month their efforts were rewarded. At the American Association of Cereal Chemists International (AACCI) annual meeting in San Diego, the trio claimed first place in the product development competition with their PulCe Muffins. According to the students, PulCe muffins are a gluten-free, whole… Read More →

Soil Judging teams wins at Regionals

By: Beth Ann Luedeker Contact: Sarah Vaughan: sarahvaughan23@tamu.edu   Dr. Cristine Morgan: clsmorgan@tamu.edu    979-845-3603 The Texas A&M University Soil Judging team came out on top at the Region 4 competition in San Marcos last month, and earned a spot in the national competition to be held at the University of Tennessee at Martin next March. Three members of the team finished among the top ten individuals at the contest. Leading the way for the Aggies was Nicole Shigley, a junior Plant and Environmental Soil Science (PSSC). Nicole was… Read More →

Forensic Soil Science class teaches students about crime scene analysis

Story and Photos By: Beth Ann Luedeker Contact: Dr. Jacqui Aitkenhead-Peterson,  jacqui_a-p@tamu.edu Scattered bones found outside the Heep Center this month, were quickly surrounded with crime scene tape to prevent disturbance of the evidence. The “crime scene” was part of an ongoing investigation in the Forensic Soil Science class taught by Dr. Jacqui Aitkenhead-Peterson. Forensic Soil Science (FIVS/SCSC 401) teaches soil science applicable to forensic science.  Students learn to assess soil color, particle size analyses, particle shapes and size, the natural assemblages of soil (physical, biological and chemical)… Read More →

Plant and Soil Science graduate working with AgriCorps in Ghana

By: Beth Ann Luedeker Photos provided by Ryan Tomlin During his senior year as a Plant and Soil Science student, with a minor in Horticulture, at Texas A&M University, Ryan Tomlin ‘16 learned of an opportunity to help teach agriculture to youths in developing countries. After earning his Bachelor of Science in 2016, Tomlin accepted a job as an agronomist with Robinson Fresh, but continued to think about Africa. This summer he chose to join AgriCorps and spend a year encouraging youth and helping them learn to feed… Read More →

Internship provides learning opportunity

By: Beth Ann Luedeker David Bryant, a senior Plant and Soil Science student, spent his summer as a soil scientist intern  at the Lincoln, NE, Soil Survey Office. The internship included spending time working at the Kellogg Soil Survey Laboratory where he was introduced to each analytical section of the KSSL — Sample Processing, Chemistry, Mineralogy, and Physics. David had the opportunity to observe analytical processes in progress and interact with KSSL technicians. He learned how soil characterization samples submitted by Soil Survey Offices are processed and analyzed,… Read More →