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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.

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Students and Faculty in the News

Undergraduate Students Spend Two Weeks Studying Abroad

StudyAbroad2019Twenty-two undergraduate students from the Horticulture, Agricultural Education, Milling Science, and Engineering departments at K-State recently completed a two-week study abroad experience in Western Europe. Drs. Chad Miller and Cathie Lavis led the students through four different countries; the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, and France. (Technically five countries as we had a brief stop in Germany as well!) The educational trip included several visits to a wide array of horticulture, cultural, and historical sites. Read more...


Barden Hosts International Exchange

BardenHostProfessor Charles Barden annually organizes a trip for international students to the Wamego Tulip Festival, held each spring, followed by a cookout at his home. Most of the students and interns were alumni from Zamorano University located in Honduras, although the students come from throughout Central and South America. He notes that the interns are here on a J-1 Visa, and one of the requirements to host a scholar on that type of visa, is to provide some American cultural experiences, hence the visit to the arts and crafts festival, to see a classic slice of Americana! This year 16 students and interns participated in the event! The cultural experience is a two-way street, with Barden providing the traditional U.S. cookout menu (s'mores anyone?"), while many of the students prepared favorite festival dishes to share from their own countries.


Students Can Get Involved in the Global Food Systems Initiative

KGudeK-State's Global Food Systems Initiative provides students in a variety of disciplines with opportunities to explore innovation, outreach and workforce development. Kelly Gude, a doctoral student in horticulture with emphasis on nutritional values of fruits and vegetables, is one of those students.

Gude is researching nutrition chemistry and the effect that light intensity and spectral quality play on the nutrient density of fresh vegetables.  Read more...


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!!