At the PSE Department Awards Reception on April 25th, 2012, awards were presented to undergraduates and graduates in the Department of Plant, Soil and Environmental Sciences. The following awards were presented to the respective recipients; Bangor Garden Club Scholarship (Sara Tryzelaar), John F. Boyle Prize in EES (Maggie Burns), Samuel L. Boucher Horticultural Education Fund (Fang Geng), Cecil Brown Scholarship (Marcelo Rugini), Arthur C. Clayton Horticulture Scholarship (Sara Tryzelaar and Patrick Vaillancourt), Janet Engle Cormier Soil Science Scholarship (Jamie Brooker and Marcelo Rugini), Dr. Miroslaw M. Czapowskyj ’58 Scholarship (Jamie Brooker), Eastern Maine Orchid Society Book Award (Heather Frey), Mark and Charmaine Jensen Scholarship (Sara Tryzelaar), Landscape Horticulture Scholarship (Sara Tryzelaar, Patrick Vaillancourt, Yuwen Yang, Joshua Drew, and Parris Avery), Lyle E. Littlefield Prize (Nicole Fici), Maine Landscape and Nursery Association Scholarship (Joshua Drew), Jane M. McCabe Memorial Horticulture Scholarship (Parris Avery), New England Farm & Garden Association/Margaret McKee Gerrity Scholarship (Nick Rowley), Ellen Louise Payson Landscape Horticulture Scholarship (Joel Whitney), Roland A. Struchtemeyer Scholarship (Neil Thompson) and Sustainable Agriculture Award (Emily Fox). It was wonderful to have parents, other family members, and Donors present at the Department Reception and College Banquet. Congratulations to all the award recipients and a big thank you to all our Donors for their continued support of our students!
Josh is this year’s recipient of the Maine Landscape and Nursery Association Scholarship. MeLNA is a non-profit organization for the Maine green industries and plant lovers. Our Environmental Horticulture program works closely with MeLNA (www.MeLNA.org) and very much appreciates their support. Each year, MeLNA awards a scholarship to an Environmental Horticulture student at the University of Maine. The recipient has to be a Maine residence and plan to work in Maine after graduation. The faculty and staff in the Environmental Horticulture program select the recipient based on the student’s academic merit and financial needs.
Aaron Englander, a new M.S. student working with Ellen Mallory on the Local Bread Wheat Project (http://sites.google.com/site/localbreadwheatproject/), was awarded $9,767 for his project “Farm-grown microbial soil inoculants: Effects on bread wheat yield and quality.” The aim of his project is to evaluate the efficacy of two farm-produced microbial inoculants and one commercially-available inoculant on organic bread wheat yield and quality. This project will help farmers evaluate whether to use microbial inoculants and whether inoculants can be produced effectively on their farms.
The Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) Student Career Days are annual, three day meetings of horticulture students from around the country. At this event, students compete in skill-based events directly related to Green Industry Careers including landscape installation, plant identification, paver and patio installation, bidding and estimating, and landscape design. They also attend a Career Fair where students meet prospective employers from around the country and find out about potential employment opportunities. PLANET is held in a different location in the country each year which provides students with the opportunity to see new plants and horticultural techniques. They also network with students from over sixty colleges and universities at this event. Our student teams have enjoyed and benefited from these trips.
Ben Costanzi, M.S. student studying Weed Ecology and Management in the Department of Plant, Soil and Environmental Sciences, was one of 13 graduate students to receive a Northeast Region SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education) grant. His NESARE project, “Improving Weed Control on the Small Farm: Evaluation of Scale-Appropriate Cultivation Tools,” was awarded $8,700 to conduct studies of hand tools, with a specific focus on (1) efficacy and working rates, and (2) farmers’ qualitative assessment of ergonomics and ease of use. There were 51 proposals to this new NESARE program. Ben started his program in May 2010 and has initiated field and lab experiments focused on hand tools for weed control on small-scale farms. For more information contact Ben (Benjamin_Costanzi@umit.maine.edu), or Eric Gallandt (email@example.com), or visit umaine.edu/weedecology.
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