Fresno State seniors Aldo Garcia, May Yang and Yue Wu were among six undergraduate students selected nationally to the Greenfield Scholar program by the American Society of Agronomy and the International Certified Crop Advisor program.
The program judged students on their grade point averages, prior experience and awards, career goals and educational and certification plans to become crop advisers or professional agronomists.
Award recipients will travel to the society’s annual conference Nov. 6 to 9 in Phoenix with 7,000 scientists, professionals, educators and students, and will be matched with mentors to develop leadership skills.
All three Fresno State students are plant science majors in the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology and active members of the Fresno State Plant Science Club and tri-societies agronomy, crop and soil science association.
Garcia (Shafter) is working this summer at the Fresno State Horticulture Unit and the Dupont Field Station in Madera and has interned at Wonderful Orchards and Grimway Farms. He serves as vice president of the Fresno State Plant Health Society, co-president of the Plant Science Club and senior chair of operations of the FFA Field Day Committee. A member of the Fresno State soil judging team that competed at nationals in April, he assists professor Dr. Anil Shrestha and plant science students on research projects.
Wu (Ningbo, China) received the Fresno State Provost’s Undergraduate Research Award in 2016 for her experiment on determining salinity tolerance of sorghum during seed germination. She competed at the California Plant Soil Conference research poster competition in January. She has volunteered for various activities with the California Women for Agriculture Central Valley Chapter and state FFA judging contests hosted at Fresno State.
May Nhia Yang (Fresno) works at the UC Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center with area Southeast Asian farmers to develop improved farming methods. She conducts research with Shrestha on insect-weed interactions and specialty crops funded by a USDA research grant. She also works at the Fresno State Horticulture Unit, and she received the Ag One David L. and Bernice Fraysher scholarship and American Society of Agronomy California Chapter scholarship.
In 2015, Fresno State plant science student Sarah Parry was one of five students nationally selected as a Greenfield Scholar, and Julie Pedraza was named a Golden Opportunity Scholar by the same organizations.