The Graduate Student Service Scholarship recognizes and honors the graduate students who volunteer to take on service roles in addition to their research, work, and family obligations. While service can come in many different forms and all service to the university is appreciated, priority for this scholarship is given to students who conduct multiple service activities and/or whose service activity is notably impactful.
The Graduate School recognizes that graduate students belonging to underrepresented groups disproportionately engage in unpaid service to the academy. While a scholarship alone does not rectify historic and current disparate expectations and obligations, this award is designed to reward and value graduate students’ service roles that shape the university’s future.
PhD Candidate in Horticulture
Becca Honeyball (she/her) is working on fungal research in cranberries. As the 2021 Journal Club Chair, Becca fosters an environment of collegiality for new students, engaging graduate students in scientific, professional, and personal development topics, as well as incorporating this spring’s College of Agricultural & Life Sciences Lunch & Learn series, “Our Shared Future.” Becca is a founding administrator of the Mentorship Opportunities in Science & Agriculture for Individuals of Color (MOSAIC) mentorship network alongside Korede Olugbenle and Jenyne Loarca, working to bring together mentors of color to create a network for BIPOC students in CALS. She serves on the Advising & Mentoring branch of the Horticulture Anti-Racism Working Groups, attending workshops on behalf of the group and bringing back ideas and strategies to use going forward. Becca is currently working with WISCIENCE and the Horticulture Equity & Diversity Committee to develop specialized mentorship training for both her department and MOSAIC. With Korede, Becca is also current co-facilitator of the Plant Science Anti-Racism Coalition (ARC), a weekly sounding board and problem-solving team, where students can bring for discussion any hurdles or issues of bias that they might be facing.This article was posted in Graduates, News, Students.