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The people of the Department of Horticulture and Natural Resources at Kansas State University are dedicated to improving lives through dynamic, diverse education and research programs. If you have any questions that cannot be answered via our website, Contact Us. We are eager to assist you.

We are delivering the news to you! Find out what the HNR faculty, staff and students are doing and major events that are coming up. If you missed one of our news stories that you would like to review, all news stories can be found on the HNR News Page.

Now accepting nominations for our Distinguished Alumni Award. The deadline is May 1. Go here to learn more.

Students and Faculty in the News

Park Management Students & Faculty Attend Conference & Receive Scholarships

PMCDr. Sharp and several students from the Park Management and Conservation Lab recently attended the National Outdoor Recreation Conference in Rapid City, SD.  All of the student presented a talk or a poster and three students, Michael Brunson, Sarah Jackson and Dani Dagan received scholarships from the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals.


Undergraduate Student Receives Award

Valerie Nguyen, horticulture and natural resources and environmental sciences student received the University Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Student in Research.  President Richard Myers and Provost Charles Taber hosted the All-University Awards Ceremony and reception on Tuesday, May 7, in the K-State Alumni Center Ballroom.  Congratulations, Valerie!


Goossen Awarded $7,500 Shinoda Scholarship

RGoossenRenata Goossen, major in Horticulture Production, has been awarded a $7,500 scholarship from the Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation, which is the largest scholarship ever awarded by this organization. This highly competitive program awards scholarships to U.S. students who are specializing in Floriculture and plan to work in the commercial floriculture industry during their careers. Renata is a junior at K-State who is active in Horticulture Club and will be completing an internship at Green Circle Growers in Ohio during Fall 2019. Congratulations, Renata!


Schneck's Undergraduate Research Recognized

KSchneckKaren Schneck was awarded recognition as one of the Top Three posters of Gamma Sigma Delta's Undergraduate Research Showcase on Friday, April 26. Schneck presented her Fall 2018 research with Dr. Kim Williams, 'Updating Poinsettia Graphical Tracking Curves for Greenhouse Growers'. She is now pursuing a M.S. in Horticulture with Dr. Chad Miller. Congratulations, Karen!!


Miller Awarded Outstanding Advising

MillerCChad Miller, associate professor of horticulture and natural resources, received the Outstanding Advising Award, from the K-State Eta Chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, the Honor Society of Agriculture. It hosted its Undergraduate Research Showcase and Spring Recognition Reception on April 26.


Barden meets with visiting Faculty from Indonesia


Charles Barden, Professor of Forestry, recently met with two faculty from Tanjungpura University in West Borneo, Indonesia. They are pictured here with Barden in the middle and Dr. Rugiah Panjaitan (left) and Dr. Emi Syahrial (right). They were part of a group of 30 faculty from Indonesia participating in a 5 week professional communications workshop here on campus. The visitors were particularly interested in Barden's riparian forestry work and his projects with Native Americans. They discussed several ideas for collaborative research.


Three Hort Students Win PGMS Scholarships


Caitlin Carlson received $3000, Alex Bach received $500, and Miah Howe received $500.

Each year the PGMS scholarship committee awards monetary scholarships to students in horticulture or related fields. The top recipient will also have the opportunity to attend the School of Grounds Management Annual Conference & GIE+EXPO in Louisville in the fall. PGMS will pay for the scholarship recipient's conference registration and a travel allowance. Read more.... (go to page 10 & 11)