Graduate Student Research At Central Grasslands Research Extension Center
By Paul Nyren

The following research reports are part of the program started in 1998 at the CGREC to encourage graduate student participation in our research program. Over the years since the Center commenced operations, many graduate students have conducted research on the center as a partial fulfillment of their requirements for either a M.S. or Ph.D degree. The research conducted by these students and the scientists at the Main Station in Fargo who directed their studies have been a valuable part of our overall research program. In recent years the decreased funding for graduate student stipends resulted in a decrease in the number of graduate students working at the Center.

In 1998 the CGREC used money from salary savings to fund two students to work on projects that had been identified as high priority areas of study. The advantage of having graduate students working at the Center is that they maintain the connection between the Main Station Scientists and the Research Center. The students come to the Center in the summer months to conduct their research and then go back to the main campus during the school year to work on courses and analyze their data. With the decline in funding support many Main Station Scientists have had to look to grants for funds to keep their programs going. Many times these grant funds require them to work in other areas of the state or on projects that do not fit the mission of the CGREC.

It is hoped that by allocating funds to the research centers for graduate student projects that scientists will again be able to afford to conduct studies at the centers.

In 1999 the State Board of Agricultural Research supported, and the legislature funded, a rangeland initiative which provided a total budget of $190,200 for graduate student stipends and operating for CGREC, Hettinger, and Dickinson Research Extension Centers. These funds will be used to continue the project on drought effects on the grazing intensity trial and to complete the study on rangeland hydrology.

Graduate Student Research Projects at CGREC

Interaction of Simulated Drought and Grazing on Mixed Grass Prairie
The Effect of Grazing Intensity on Soil Bulk Density
Fertilization of Heavily and Moderately Grazed Mixed-Grass Prairie With Slow-Release Phosphorus and Urea

Paul E. Nyren, Director
Central Grasslands Research Extension Center
4824 48th Ave SE
Streeter, ND 58483

NDSU Central Grasslands Research Extension Center

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