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From Missouri to Japan

CAFNR student selected for science communication fellowship

For most MU students, the semester is already well underway; however, science and agricultural journalism junior Erica Overfelt’s semester is just beginning — and thousands of miles away from MU’s campus, too. From February 2019 to July 2019, Erica will serve as a science communication fellow for the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) in Okinawa, Japan. OIST is…

Mapping Mizzou

CAFNR student creates live sustainability map of Mizzou 

Tucked away in various spots on Mizzou’s campus are 21 sustainability initiatives. Environmental sciences senior Erin Votaw is no stranger to these initiatives and their locations on campus. Votaw created an interactive map that allows users to tour Mizzou’s campus and learn about the environmental facilities and services MU offers. Her map is now featured prominently on the University of…

Promoting Missouri

CAFNR student works on the "Buy Missouri" Initiative 

Little did Mitchell Moon know that a conversation at the Missouri Cattlemen’s Convention with then-Lt. Gov. Mike Parson would land him a position working for Parson two days later. Moon, a parks, recreation and tourism junior, was attending the conference as the Missouri 4-H State President when he told Parson, now Missouri Governor, about his love for Missouri and his…

Representing Missouri

CAFNR student wins collegiate discussion meet

Holly Enowski wears a lot of hats and even the occasional crown. Aside from studying science and agricultural journalism at the University of Missouri, she is the reigning Miss Fleur de Lis, a member of Kappa Alpha Theta women’s fraternity, co-president of Mizzou’s Collegiate Farm Bureau and recently punched her ticket to represent Missouri Farm Bureau at the American Farm…

Success in Research

CAFNR Student Wins Outstanding Poster Presentation at National Conference 

Paxton Kostos, a junior majoring in biochemistry in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, has always been curious. It was this curiosity that led her to win Outstanding Poster Presentation in the Cell Biology category at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS). Kostos’ interest in science was sparked in elementary school. “I have always been…

Field of Study

Ph.D. student from Rwanda studies crop breeding to help home country

For doctoral student Doreen Mutoni, coming to the United States to study crop breeding was due, in part, to the crop devastation she witnessed upon returning home to Rwanda after receiving her Master’s degree in the United Kingdom. Doreen is in her final year of the Borlaug Higher Education for Agricultural Research and Development, scholarship program, or BHEARD. The program, which…

Discovering a New Industry

MU students attend Private Label Manufacturers Association University Outreach Program 

There’s most likely a few store brands tucked away in your pantry or refrigerator. Most people, however, probably don’t think about how store brands, various products that carry a retailer’s name, come to be. College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources agribusiness management seniors Drew Cox and Caitlyn McGuire didn’t give much thought to this until they attended the Private Label…

Celebrating Excellence

SNR students, faculty, staff and alumni honored at awards banquet

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, students, faculty, staff and alumni of the School of Natural Resources were honored at the 2018 SNR Awards Banquet. This was the second year for the event, which recognizes excellence in service, advising, research and teaching. Shibu Jose, director of SNR, spoke at the event and presented the awards. Those honored on Nov. 6 included: Mark…

Learning and Growing

CAFNR student received scholarship to attend Women in Agribusiness Summit

You wouldn’t expect a grade school student to build a family farm, but Kim Stichnote says that’s what her daughter Alex Stichnote did. Not coming from a production agriculture family, Alex became hooked on agriculture after attending the Ashland FFA’s Kids Barnyard as a child. Alex’s mom then enrolled her in the local 4-H club. Little did her mom know,…

Combining Science and Policy

CAFNR Ph.D. candidate addresses scientists at post-election briefing

Rachel Owen didn’t have an interest in policy until her research brought her to Capitol Hill for a Congressional visit in 2016. Now, her newfound awareness led her to speak at Research!America’s Post-Election Briefing on Nov. 8 in Washington, D.C. Owen, who is a Ph.D. candidate in natural resources in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at the…