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Student Spotlight 2022


Students Triumph at 2022 ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Annual Meeting held in Baltimore, MD

Precision Ag Systems MS Oral Competition

  • 1st: Amrit Pokhrel (co-advisors: Dr. Virk and Dr. Snider)
  • 2nd: Matt Tucker (advisor: Dr. Virk)
  • 3rd: Madan Sapkota (advisor: Dr. Virk)

Precision Ag Systems MS Poster Competition

  • 1st: Madan Sapkota (advisor: Dr. Virk)
  • 2nd: Michael Goodnight (advisor: Dr. Virk)
  • 3rd: Matt Tucker (advisor: Dr. Virk)

C05 Turfgrass Science Division, Turfgrass Pest Management Graduate Student Oral Competition

  • 1st: Erick Begitschke (PhD with Dr. Henry)

C5 Turfgrass Science Division in Turfgrass Management and Ecology Poster

  • 2nd: Julie Wang  (PhD with Dr. Henry)

Global Change Community of the Agronomy Society of America Graduate Student Competition

  • 3rd: Navneet Kaur (advisor: Dr. Snider)

Cover Crop Management Oral Presentations I

  • 1st: Maria Teresa Tancredi (PhD with Dr. Jenn Thompson)

C1 (Crop Breeding & Genetics) Division Poster Competition

  • 1st: Shreena Pradhan (advised by Dr. Devos)

C7 (Genomics, Molecular Genetics & Biotechnology) Division Poster Competition

  • 1st: Hallie Wright (advised by Dr. Devos)
ASA Soil Health Community Oral Presentation
  • 2nd: Chandler Gruener (PhD with Matt Levi)


Dirt Dawgs Place 3rd in 2022 Regional Competition

The UGA collegiate soil judging team - the Dirt Dawgs - took 3rd place at the annual Southeastern Region Collegiate Soil Judging contest hosted by Clemson University from Oct. 17-20, 2022. Two UGA students were in the top ten (Christine Melley – 7th and Therese Thompson – 10th). Other top finishers included Austin Wiggins and Skyler Ellis.

The top six teams (out of 12) included:

  1. Auburn University
  2. Virginia Tech
  3. University of Georgia
  4. University of Tennessee
  5. Western Kentucky University
  6. North Carolina State University

The team now qualifies for the national collegiate soil judging contest to be hosted by Oklahoma State University in the March of 2023. Way to go Dirt Dawgs!

Above Photo, left to right: Dr. Matt Levi, Austin Wiggins, Therese Thompson (10th place individual), Christine Melley (7th place individual), Skyler Ellis, and Shea Hoffman (Warnell graduate student and assistant coach).

College of AG Events

The Preventive Controls Rule requires that each facility have Preventive Control Qualified Individuals for the development and implementation of Hazard Analysis and Risk-based Preventive Controls for Human Foods. This course provides the required training. The curriculum is designed for food industry professionals with responsibility for the development and implementation of a food safety plan. Attendees who complete the course will be recognized as Preventive Controls Qualified Individuals (PCQI). This two-and-a-half-day course was developed by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance, a broad-based public-private alliance created by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH) in cooperation with the Association of Food and Drug Officials. This training will take place in Athens, Georgia on November 29th - Dec. 1st.   Registration closes on 11/22 at 4:00 pm. 
Nov 29
11/29 8:00AM - 12/01 12:00PM Preventative Controls Qualified Individuals Workshop Food Science, ATHENS, GA
Private event.
Nov 30
11/30 7:00AM - 12/02 5:00PM GA Milestones EOC Assessments UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center, Tifton, GA
Photovoltaic Solar Panels and Greenhouse Crop ProductionParker Persons, MS research proposalpresenting from the Athens campus Wednesday, November 303:00pm – 3:30pmThree available in-person meeting locations. 1205 Miller Plant Sciences (Athens), 111 Student, Learning Center (Griffin), and the Conference Room-Horticulture building (Tifton) Email mariatwedt@uga.edu for zoom link which is only provided to UGA personnel, students and colleagues.
Nov 30
3:00PM - 4:00PM Horticulture Graduate Seminar: Photovoltaic Solar Panels and Greenhouse Crop Production Miller Plant Science, ATHENS, GA
Ways to view: Athens: CAGT Room 128 - Attend seminar in person Athens: Miller Plant Sciences 3113 - Watch the Zoom feed Griffin: 102 SLC - Join your colleagues and watch the Zoom feed Tifton: 125 NESPAL - Join your colleagues and watch the Zoom feed  Click to Join the Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 986 4585 7572 Passcode: 875206 Note: Users must login through their UGA Zoom accounts before joining the meeting.
Dec 01
4:00PM - 5:00PM PBGG Seminar: CRISPRing: Gene Editing to Accelerate Plant Breeding by Vinavi Lakshman Center For Applied Genetic Technologies, ATHENS, GA
Join us for the annual UGArden Holiday Herb Market
Dec 03
10:00AM - 2:00PM UGArden Annual Holiday Herb Market UGArden Student Farm, Athens, GA
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