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Study Abroad funding available

Scholarship funding is available for CALS students planning a Virginia Tech-sponsored study abroad experience for winter session 17 or spring semester 17. To receive a scholarship, students must be enrolled at Virginia Tech during time of travel. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout fall semester. Application materials are available here.

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Congratulations to Gamma Sigma Delta award winners

The honor society of agriculture, Gamma Sigma Delta, recently held its Initiation and Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, April 19, and presented their awards to the following people. Congratulations to all our award winners!

Undergraduate awards

  • Junior: Samantha Wilson
  • Senior: Woong Sik Shin
  • Agricultural Technology: Junior Beauvais

Graduate Dissertation award: Neelam Redekar

This award is given to an outstanding graduate student completing the Ph.D. requirements in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Natural Resources and Environment, or the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine within the last 18 months.

In August 2015, Redekar successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation in the Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences under the direction of Saghai Maroof. In addition to her dissertation, Redekar has been first author on two refereed journal papers, co-authored a third paper, and has two more under preparation.

Redekar is currently serving as a postdoctoral research associate in the soybean genomics program.

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Graduate Extension Scholars program reaches peek and is in full bloom

What’s all the buzz about? The Graduate Extension Scholars program, of course! The GES program, led by Hannah Scherer in the Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education, is designed to increase graduate student capacity for engaging with stakeholders to develop high-quality educational programs for youth; encourage partnerships between researchers, secondary schools, and communities in Virginia; and expand youth awareness of and interest in STEM research opportunities in agriculture.

The program is currently operating in its second year, hosting four graduate students with various backgrounds. Each of the teams work closely together to develop and implement curriculum modules that highlight the specific research interest of the scholar.

From left to right: Andrew Weaver, Sarah McKay, Robert Bass, and Michael Barrowclough

From left to right: Andrew Weaver, Sarah McKay, Robert Bass, and Michael Barrowclough

This year, a dynamic group of scholars traveled throughout the state of Virginia, making stops in Appomattox, Charlotte, Washington, and Augusta counties and Richmond city. Andrew Weaver, a Master’s student within the Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences has worked closely with Edward McCann and Darla Marks in Appomattox and Charlotte counties, focusing his curriculum module on small ruminant parasite management. Utilizing lambs as the small ruminant teaching model, this module discusses in detail parasite biology and life cycles, highlights economic impacts from parasites in small ruminants, and management of parasites. The module wraps up with a lamb carcass evaluation.

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CSES roundup

Don’t miss this exciting news from the Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences!

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