Student earns top award at a national conference for agriculture research



March 11, 2014 – Scholarly research in agriculture has helped an FVSU student earn a top award at a national conference in Washington D.C.

Joseph Nesbit, a senior agricultural education major, received the First Place Poster Award in the Ecology, Environmental and Earth Sciences category at the Emerging Researchers National Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).Nesbit was among 800 undergraduate and graduate students and faculty members in attendance.

The purpose of the ERN Conference is to help undergraduate and graduate minority students improve presentation and communication skills. The conference also aims to provide guidance for students entering the workforce upon graduation.

Nesbit’s winning poster reflected his research on the topic, “Can Land Applying Spent on Iron and Water Treatment Residuals Decrease Nutrient Runoff from Poultry Houses?”

The 22-year-old said having the opportunity to travel to the ERN Conference in Washington D.C. was a wonderful experience.  “Not only did I have the opportunity to meet with other undergraduate and graduate students from other colleges and universities, I also had the chance to visit exhibits with college graduate recruiters,”Nesbit said.  He said this exposure has increased confidence in his presentation skills.

In addition to Nesbit, 21 FVSU students also attended the conference.  Seven FVSUstudents presented posters and three provided oral presentations.

“I went for the experience,” said FVSU senior horticulture major Dasia Harmon. The Milwaukee native said she was able to network and meet with students and advisors from graduate schools. As a result, Harmon has selected Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. After graduation in May, Harmon plans to obtain a graduate degree in environmental or agriculture science. She said this conference helped her make that decision.

Dr. Sarwan Dhir, professor of biotechnology and director of FVSU’s Center for Biotechnology said seeing our students present their research is always a rewarding experience. “Conducting and presenting research at the undergraduate level is vital to the success of students in graduate or professional school. I am very proud of each of our students and will continue to encourage them in their academic careers,” Dhir said.

For more information about the biotechnology program at FVSU, contact Dhir at (478) 825-6887 or send an e-mail to dhirs0@fvsu.edu.

 

*Below is a list of all the students who attended the 2014 Emerging Researchers National Conference in STEM.

·         Jamil Baskett, senior, plant science biotechnology major

·         Emanuel Garcia, senior, biotechnology major at Universidad delEste in Puerto Rico

·         Unique Gupton, junior, biology major at St. Augustine’s University

·         Jorge Muriel-Mundo, junior, biotechnology major at the Universidad del Este in Puerto Rico

·         Joseph Nesbit, senior, agricultural education major

·         Ashley Norris, junior, plant science biotechnology major

·         Benjamin Pickard, senior, plant science biotechnology major

·         Ashlie Santaliz, sophomore, biology major at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus

·         Jasmine Scott, senior, plant science biotechnology major

·         Derrick Smith, senior, plant science biotechnology major

·         Jeremy Wimes, senior, plant science biotechnology major

·         Brandon Beaty, junior, plant science biotechnology major

·         Madalyn Bryant, sophomore, plant science biotechnology major

·         Dasia Harmon, senior plant science horticulture major

·         Merriah Haynes, senior, biology major

·         Kyle Henderson, sophomore, plant science biotechnology major

·         DeShaun Holden, sophomore, plant science biotechnology major

·         Gre’Nisha Jones, freshman, plant science biotechnology major

·         Andrea Mathis, sophomore, plant science biotechnology major

·         Sarah McClendon, senior biology major

·         Jemila Sinclair, senior, plant science biotechnology major

·         Kiozsa Spann, freshman, plant science biotechnology major

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Contact:

FVSU Agricultural Communications Department
(478) 825-6345

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