Nick Shay

Name: Nick Shay

Hometown: Western New York

Year in School: Graduate Student (M.S.)

Nick Shay valley view

In his own words ...

Where are you from, and why did you choose to study at UGA/CAES?
Western New York. As one of the top agricultural institutions in the country, I wanted to work with the best and have the opportunity to use that experience and knowledge gained to make a difference in the community. Making effective and real change by providing education and tools to improve peoples livelihoods.

What is your major/degree program, and what department?
M.S. Crop & Soil Sciences Emphasis: Weed Science Department - Crop & Soil Sciences.

Why did you choose your major?
Feeding a growing population comes with many social, economic and environmental challenges. My grandfather believed in stewardship and connection with the land. He also believed in relationships and community. I chose this major to join the agricultural community to become a part of the solution, connecting with people, and encouraging stewardship of our natural resources.

What is your favorite class you have taken?
Plant Physiology

Who has been your favorite instructor?
Dr. Malladi

What has been the best experience you've had so far at the college?
Collaborating and learning alongside my fellow Graduate Students.

What do you want to do with what you have learned here?
Agricultural research in Weed Science aimed at improving agroecosystem function, and increase ecosystem services. Increase the productivity and nutritive density of food we eat for a growing population through biologicals and diversified weed control strategies. Provide informative tools and management practices to the agricultural community to help improve agronomic practices and enhance their livelihoods.

How has your experience at UGA changed you?
My experience at UGA has changed me by refining my problem solving skills, attention to detail, and the ability to share information effectively.

Thinking of the word agriculture - what does agriculture mean to you? In what ways does agriculture impact your life and your culture?
When I think of agriculture I think about the historical relationship that humanity has had with nature and our ability to utilize resources to advance our civilization through increasing food productivity and nutrient density. In essence agriculture describes the interdependent connection between people and the environment. Agriculture is the foundation of civilization. It connects small town to small town, and from one big city to another. The tradition of breaking bread and sharing a meal have brought communities with many differences together.

What do you like to do outside of class — hobbies, interests, secret talents?
Travel to new places, hunting in the rocky mountains, trail run, and golf.