Plant science student earns outstanding presentation award

Posted on Feb 09, 2018

Fort Valley State University senior Courtney Lester recently earned an award for outstanding presentation at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Phoenix, Arizona.

The 22-year-old Macon County, Georgia, native received recognition for the research he conducted for nine weeks in summer 2017 at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis).

Lester, who is majoring in plant science with a concentration in environmental soil science, said his research involved finding whether a specific gene plays a role in making tomato plants use nitrogen found in the soil more efficiently. ABRCMS representatives judge students on their research topics, how well they answer questions about their work and presentation skills.

Lester said it meant a lot to present his research and see the determination and hard work pay off.

"I was really emotional. It was a happy moment," he said. "I always stress that whatever I'm doing, I make sure that I'm having fun."

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