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Plant Science Graduate Student Symposium

The Plant Science Graduate Student Symposium was initiated in an effort to bring graduate students from different universities together and have them present their research in an informal atmosphere. This symposium provides the opportunity for graduate students to exchange ideas and introduces them to research work of fellow graduate students. This symposium also provides an opportunity for graduate students to develop and improve their public speaking skills and to gain experience in the development and use of various visual aids, as a means of making a polished presentation. The location of the symposium rotates among the Universities of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and North Dakota State. Graduate students in the general area of Plant Science from other universities are also invited to attend and participate in the symposium.

2018 Symposium

2017 Symposium

2016 Symposium

2014 Symposium

2013 Symposium

2012 Symposium

photo by Megan ZadachIn March, 16 NDSU Plant Sciences graduate students attended the 28th Annual Plant Sciences Graduate Student Symposium at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. Over 70 participants attended from three schools, including NDSU, the University of Manitoba, and the University of Saskatchewan. 11 NDSU students gave presentations in three categories, and four out of nine awards were won by these students.

Plant Breeding and Genetics

1st place: Filippo Bassi - "Illumina, wheat zapper, and radiation hybrids for synteny analysis of the Scs region of wheat"

3rd place: Md. Abdullah Bari - “Combining ability analysis of expired proprietary short-season maize lines”

Plant Physiology and Plant Pathology

1st place: Itai Mutukwa - "Drying and pretreatments affect sensory and nutritional quality of oyster mushrooms”

Agronomy, Weed Science and Ecology

1st place: Adriana Rodriguez - “Glandular Trichomes effect on Colorado potato beetle (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) feeding and oviposition habits"

2011 Symposium

2011 Symposium 2

15 NDSU Plant Sciences students traveled to Saskatoon, SK, Canada, on March 25-26, 2011, for the 27th Annual Plant Science Graduate Student Symposium, hosted by the University of Saskatchewan.  Students from the three universities presented their research during the event.  Presentations were divided into two categories with awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place given in each category.  12 students from NDSU presented at the symposium, and three received an award for their presentation.


Plant Breeding, Genetics and Plant Pathology

1st place: Collin Lamkey

2nd place: Filippo Bassi

Agronomy, Ecology and Biochemistry

2nd place: Grant Mehring

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