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A Prestigious Program

Biochemistry student selected for Cornell undergraduate research program

Alex Clarke, a junior majoring in biochemistry, has been selected to serve as a summer research scholar at Cornell University. The program will run from May 31 through July 28 and will take place at Cornell’s New York Agricultural Research Station in Geneva, New York. The Ashland, Missouri, native will be working under Marc Fuchs, associate professor of plant pathology…

Environmentally Friendly

CAFNR undergraduate student becomes first MU student in 10 years to earn Udall Scholarship

It was an article about beekeeping that Megan Tyminski wrote for the Columbia Daily Tribune that started Tyminski on a path towards the Udall Scholarship. The article caught the attention of MU Director of Fellowships Tim Parshall, who contacted Tyminski and encouraged her to consider applying for the Udall Scholarship. “He could really tell I had a sense of pride, ownership…

The Happiest Intern on Earth

CAFNR student works as a plant science intern at Disney World

When the coordinator for the Disney World internship program asked to chat, Sara Thuston thought she only made it through the first round of screenings. She had already gone through an hour-long interview, but when the next call came, she was geared up for another one-hour session. She found a tucked-away spot in the MU Student Center and awaited the…

Art in Ag

Floral design students represent CAFNR at Visual Art and Design Showcase

A few times per year, floral design instructor Lesleighan Kraft Cravens (B.S. ’13, M.S. ’15) takes a group of students to Baisch and Skinner, a wholesale floral distributor in St. Louis. Students assist in production of floral arrangements in a real-world, high-pressure environment. It was during one of these trips when she received the email. “I was just through the…

From Idea to Reality

Bioengineering graduate student unveils new dermatological laser technique discovered four years ago with former MU colleague

When working in the laboratory, Paul J.D. Whiteside has a few favorite sayings to help him through the trials and tribulations of his endeavors. The first one that comes to his mind? “I’d rather be lucky than good.” “It’s something that my granddad says and my dad says it, too,” says Whiteside, a third-year doctoral candidate in bioengineering who works in…

To Rwanda and Back

Bioengineering student shares experiences from Engineering World Health Summer Institute 

Jeff Chininis, a bioengineering student in the Division of Food Systems and Bioengineering, says the profession runs in the family. Growing up with two uncles and a grandfather in the field of engineering, he had suspected that he would follow in their footsteps. Upon arriving at the University of Missouri and taking introduction to engineering, Chininis drifted toward bioengineering. “Doing…

Supporting Students

Scholarships are key for CAFNR students

Scholarships play an important role for students in the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. CAFNR awarded a total of $1.3 million in scholarships during the 2016-17 academic year – in the form of academic scholarships, graduate scholarships, research internships and study abroad. More than $1 million of the total was awarded in academic scholarships. “The cost…

‘How to Own the Pond’

Bioengineering master's student works on creating cost-effective machinery to help farmers in his native Africa

Almost everyone probably has heard of this proverb at some point in their lives, but Gabriel Abdulai has made an amendment to the saying: “Teach me how to own the pond, so that I never go around looking for a pond to fish at, because if I own the pond, I know the time to fish and I can determine…

Collaboration Complete

Habibullah set to complete his studies as part of Agriculture Innovation Program for Pakistan 

Habibullah, who his friends call Habib, has no trouble recalling the moment he was notified of his selection to the Agricultural Innovation Program for Pakistan. “I was over the moon,” Habibullah said. “This was my dream and I’d been working really hard.” The program that caused so much excitement is a joint effort to catalyze growth in agriculture production and…

Collaboration at its Finest

CAFNR teams up with MoSoy, Missouri Corn

Collaboration is at the center of the mission of the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. A recent study abroad trip to Argentina showcased that collaboration and its importance. MU Extension specialists Ray Massey and Ryan Milhollin led a group of 10 students who traveled to Argentina to learn more about the agricultural landscape. Representatives from…