Category Archives: Students

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 →

Undergraduate Awards Banquet

By: Beth Ann Luedeker Congratulations to all the scholarship and awards recipients recognized at the awards banquet held April 11 at the Hildebrand Equine Center. While officially an undergraduate banquet, many graduate students received recognition and awards that night as well. Dr. Kim Dooley, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Associate Dean for Academic Operations, delivered the keynote address. During her address Dooley outlined what she feels it means to be an Aggie. Being an Aggie means being Authentic, being Grateful, setting Goals, having Integrity and having Enthusiasm,… Read More →

Tomorrow’s scientists help with today’s discoveries

Writer: Kay Ledbetter Today’s research advances in the world of wheat genetics are getting a big hand from tomorrow’s scientists, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist who has had three students publish their research in major journals this past year. These Texas A&M University students working through their doctoral studies have helped conduct major studies that improved the understanding of unique traits in TAM wheat cultivars released by AgriLife Research’s wheat breeding program, said Dr. Shuyu Liu, AgriLife Research wheat geneticist in Amarillo and committee chair… Read More →

Students participate in research Down Under

Writer: Beth Ann Luedeker Educators know that hands-on experience is a critical part of learning, and Texas A&M University offers many opportunities for students to study abroad, conduct research and participate in internships. This past summer two doctoral students under the supervision of Dr. Cristine Morgan had the opportunity to do all that in Australia. Dianna Bagnall, a soil science major, and Cody Bagnall, a biological and agricultural engineering student, participated in the “Australia-Americas Ph.D. Internship”, a program run through the Australian Academy of Science. During the program,… Read More →

Soil and Crop Sciences students seek to impact global food security

By: Beth Ann Luedeker Contact: Karina Morales, 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, 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  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 →