Are you returning to campus or Knoxville after Thanksgiving? Join the Center for Student Engagement on Wednesday, December 2 at 6:30 PM in the Student Union Ballroom for an ornament decorating workshop hosted by AR Workshop! We will provide supplies & stencils to create your ornaments in-person. Registration is open to the first 50 students at tiny.utk.edu/ornamentdecorating. We hope you will join us!
National First-Generation College Student Celebration Being First-Generation is beautiful and provides a unique perspective, and our department is teeming with first-generation students and faculty. To showcase this personally, we wanted to feature one of our students’ thoughts. Shelly Pate is a Graduate Research Assistant who is working on her Masters with a concentration in Plant Pathology and is currently stationed at the West TN Research & Education Center. She is also a First-Generation College Student and wanted to share her experience: As an only child, I have always received an abundant amount of love, support, and guidance. However, when the time came to start applying to colleges as an undergraduate, I realized something was starting to become a little different.
Julian Cosner, a Ph.D. student in EPP, is one of five PhD students recently honored as Tennessee Doctoral Fellows. Tennessee Doctoral Fellows are chosen every three years; this is only the second group of fellows at UT. The fellowships are funded by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and UT’s Graduate School. Congratulations, Julian! For more information, please see UT News here.
The American Phytopathological Society (APS) announces that Nourolah Soltani received the Myron K. Brakke Student Travel Award to supports his travel to the APS meeting in Cleveland, OH. Mr. Soltani was also awarded support for travel from the Plant Research Center and the Graduate Student Senate. At the meeting, he will present two posters on the quinoa-Cucumber mosaic virus interaction.
Congratulations to all the Herbert winners at the Exhibit of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement. Forty three students presented 31 projects at the fair. Three students working in EPP were winners at the competition. Marlo Black, an Animal Science major, won the EUReCA Gold Medal for her work, “A Survey of Domestic Hosts of Cimex lectularius in an Urban Setting.” She was also the first place winner in the Herbert College of Agriculture competition. Her mentors were Dr. Karen Vail and Dr. Becky Trout Fryxell in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology. Two students who were in the Herbert College competition of EUReCA won the 3-minute to Win It Video contest. Leah Dunlap (Plant Science) won the juried competition
EPP graduate student Ratnasri Mallipeddi will present her exit seminar entitled “Characterization of the cellulolytic system in Zygentoma for identification of novel enzymes with industrial application” on Friday, April 6th, at 10am in PBB 160.
EPP graduate students Nick Strange and Swati Mishra will present their proposal seminars entitled “Pollinators and terpene chemistry of the rare sunflower Helianthus verticillatus” (NS) and “Mechanism of resistance to RNA-interference in Leptinotarsa decemlineata (Colorado potato beetle)” (SM) on Friday, March 23rd, at 10am in PBB 160.