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Department Hosts Summer Research Interns

Four research interns are working in the Department of Plant Sciences this summer.

June 30, 2015

Four research interns are working in the Department of Plant Sciences this summer.

Amy Scegura is working with Dr. Kevin McPhee in the Pulse Crop Breeding program. She is a senior in Crop and Weed Sciences and plans to pursue an advanced degree in Plant Breeding and Genetics. She is from Avon, MN and worked as an intern at Dow AgroSciences in Olivia, MN in 2013 and 2014.

Gustavo Reyes-Ramirez, Juan Carlos Nieves-Christie and Diana Carolina Coronell-Tovar are participating in the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez (UPRM) intern program. For more information on this program see

Reyes-Ramirez is from Carolina, PR and is working on a B.S. degree in Horticulture at UPRM. His internship with Dr. Todd West’s woody plant improvement project focuses on tissue culture work and maintenance of the NDSU Absaraka Horticulture Research Farm. He would like to work on the preservation and maintenance of seed stocks through tissue culture research in Puerto Rico.

Nieves-Christie graduated from UPRM with a B.S. degree in Industrial Biotechnology and a M.S. degree in Food Science and Technology. He is also from Carolina and is working in Dr. Senay Simsek’s wheat protein research project. He is interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in Food Science and Technology.

Coronell-Tovar is from Cali, Colombia and is finishing a M.S. degree in Food Science and Technology at UPRM. She received a B.S. in Chemistry at the University of Cauca, Colombia. She works with Dr. Cliff Hall and Dr. Frank Manthey, researching black beans milling for her internship. Her M.S. research is focused on developing a multi-purpose flour from corm of cocoyam, a native Puerto Rican root crop.

Author: Karen Hertsgaard, 701-231-5384,
Editor: Kamie Beeson, 701-231-7123,

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