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NDSU Hosts Plant Science Graduate Symposium

The 32nd annual Plant Sciences Graduate Student Symposium was held at North Dakota State University on April 1-2, 2016, hosted by the Plant Sciences Graduate Student Association. Forty-six participants attended from the University of Manitoba, the University of Saskatchewan, and NDSU. Five NDSU students won awards.
 
 

April 25, 2016

The 32nd annual Plant Sciences Graduate Student Symposium was held at North Dakota State University on April 1-2, 2016, hosted by the Plant Sciences Graduate Student Association. Forty-six participants attended from the University of Manitoba, the University of Saskatchewan, and NDSU.

The symposium opened with a service learning outreach project at a local school. Symposium participants taught students at Carl Ben Eielson Middle School about agriculture around the world and about DNA.

Dr. Burton Johnson, professor in the Department of Plant Sciences and NDSU Plant Sciences Graduate Student Association advisor, gave the opening address on Saturday morning. Sarah Lovas, NDSU alumna and agronomist with Lovas Consulting, Hillsboro, ND, gave the keynote presentation at the awards banquet Saturday evening.

Research presentations by graduate students from the participating universities were judged and scored by a panel of NDSU Plant Sciences faculty in the categories of Agronomy, Weed Science, and Ecology; Plant Breeding and Genetics; Plant Pathology and Physiology; and Research Proposals.  First and second place awards in each category were presented at the closing banquet. 

Winners in Agronomy, Weed Science, and Ecology were: first place, Courtney Holdt (NDSU), and second place, Amy Scegura (NDSU). Winners in Plant Breeding and Genetics were: first place, Danica Swaenpoel (Univ. of Manitoba), and second place, Leah Krabbenhoft (NDSU). Winners in Plant Pathology and Physiology were: first place, Amanda Peters (NDSU) and second place, Gurcharn Singh Brar (Univ. of Saskatchewan). Winners in Research Proposals were: first place, Kenny So (Univ. of Manitoba), and second place, Katelynn Walter (NDSU).

The Plant Science Graduate Student Symposium was initiated in an effort to bring graduate students from different universities together to exchange ideas and to introduce them to research work of fellow graduate students. The 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 University of Manitoba, the University of Saskatchewan and NDSU.

Source: Danielle Fiebelkorn Wrucke and Lizzy Lovering
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