Kermit A. Olson Memorial Lecture

The 2016 Kermit Olson Awards Ceremony and Lecture will take place on Wednesday, April 13 at 3:30 p.m. in 110 Green Hall on the U of M Saint Paul campus. Everyone is invited to attend the reception and poster session after the lecture — approximately 5 p.m. — in 405 Alderman Hall.

Please RSVP online

A change from years previously, Kermit Olson will not feature undergraduate scholarship awards. Instead, undergraduate awards will be recognized in the fall.

Jim Simon - Kermit Olson Speaker 2016


Horticulture for Social Justice

Using Horticulture as a Vehicle for Income Generation and Nutritional Improvement in Sub-Saharan Africa

Dr. James E. Simon from Rutgers University explores the intersections where horticulture, economics, and sociology combine in this year's Kermit A. Olson Memorial Lecture. He will talk about his work with international development programs and the models developed for them that assist rural poor. Using horticulture, many of these programs serve as social economic justice models that raise the health and well-being of the families that participate in them. This event is free and open to the public.

Reception and Poster Session

After the lecture, join the department for an appetizer reception in 405 Alderman Hall. At this reception you'll have the opportunity to hear from faculty, staff, and students on the latest research happening in the department. The lecture and reception are free and open to the public, but please RSVP online for planning purposes.

You can view a full list of 2015 scholarship recipients and award winners on our website or see pictures of the event on Facebook.


Make an Impact

We are able to award scholarship money to students each year and put on this awards ceremony because of the generous support of our alumni and friends. As part of our horticulture community, you have helped to create the legacy in which our students will follow. Thank you for your investment in the future of horticulture!

Learn more about how you can continue to impact the lives of our students on our Support the Department page.