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Graduate Students Receive National Meeting Travel Scholarships

Three NDSU Plant Sciences graduate students received travel scholarships to attend national meetings of the Potato Association of America and the American Society for Horticultural Science.

Three NDSU Plant Sciences graduate students received travel scholarships to attend national meetings this summer. Amanda Crook received a scholarship to attend the 99th annual meeting of the Potato Association of America (PAA) in Portland, Maine, July 19-23. John Stenger and Abigail Debner received scholarships from the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) to attend the annual meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, August 4-7. Crook, from Brandon, Manitoba, and Debner, from Winsted, MN, are working on their Master’s degrees. Stenger, from Herman, MN, is working on his Ph.D. All three students are advised by Dr. Harlene Hatterman-Valenti, professor and high value crops specialist in Plant Sciences.

Crook was selected for the scholarship to attend PAA based on the abstract for her oral presentation, which is titled Marketability and Seed Production Effects from Glyphosate Drift Injury to Red Norland Potato. The scholarship donor, Controlled Environment Technology System, LLC, focuses on producing high-quality seed potatoes, which is a key part of Crook’s presentation. The $1500 scholarship will cover Crook’s travel expenses for the annual meeting.

To be eligible for the ASHS scholarship, students must be a member of ASHS, enrolled in horticultural science as a major course of study, and must have submitted an abstract for an oral or poster presentation at the ASHS annual conference. Stenger will present a poster titled Environmental Stability in the Fall Acclimation Response of Cold-hardy Interspecific Hybrid Wine Grapes. Debner will give an oral presentation titled Rooting Single-node Floricane Blackberry Cuttings. Recipients of the travel award were selected by the Scholarship Awards Committee based on merit and geographical distribution. Stenger and Debner will each receive $500 to use toward their travel expenses for the annual meeting.

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

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