University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point (undergraduate)
What is your research about and what is the impact? How does it relate to the horticulture industry, what is the goal?
My research has two focuses. One focus is looking at the effects of plant growth regulators to potentially increase the competitiveness of vegetable crops and potential weed suppression. Finding out more on how successful the use of plant growth regulators is in the field could provide vegetable growers a new method of weed management and potentially increase yields. The other focus of my research is looking at potential new crops for vegetable and cranberry growers. This research could potentially find a new crop to be used for organic growers and fill niche markets in WI.
Why did you choose UW-Madison? What is your favorite part of Madison?
I chose UW-Madison for many reasons. As a kid I always wanted to be a badger and when the opportunity to do research I was really interested in presented itself it was meant to be. I would say my favorite part of Madison is the endless outdoor activities and places to explore.
What was the path you took to work in plant sciences? And then what advice would you give to your younger self to get into the field/career you are in today?
I studied soil and land management during undergrad and interned for a crop scouting company working mostly with potatoes. I really enjoyed crop scouting and all that agriculture has to offer and decided to further expand my knowledge in plant sciences and horticulture. I would tell my younger self to not second guess myself and continue to ask questions because it’s the best way to learn new things.