The Distinguished Alumnus Award honors an alumnus/alumna who has attained professional distinction in horticultural science as evidenced by outstanding professional achievement on a state, national or international level. Nominees are chosen based on their demonstrated distinction in their professional lives, recognition as an authority within the field of horticultural science, and exceptional service to or volunteer activities in her/his field. Recipients of the award are recognized at HortSci Grows in the spring.
Nominations are due by 11:59 p.m. on July 15, 2018.
For more information and to submit a nomination, please visit https://horticulture.umn.edu/alumni/distinguished-alumnus-award
Throughout the semester, the Department of Horticultural Science hosts speakers from the U and beyond in our Wednesday Seminar series. Seminars are held every Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. in 310 Alderman Hall, and all are invited to attend. See a PDF of the full Spring 2018 schedule or use the Google Calendar to the left to add seminars directly to your own calendar.
Throughout the semester, the Department of Horticultural Science hosts speakers from the U and beyond in our Wednesday Seminar series. Seminars are held every Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. in 310 Alderman Hall, and all are invited to attend. See a PDF of the full Fall 2017 schedule or use the Google Calendar to the left to add seminars directly to your own calendar.
Request for research proposals and graduate student nominations:
The Monsanto/University of Minnesota Multifunctional Agriculture Initiative is seeking candidates for graduate student fellows supported by Monsanto Company. Monsanto will fund four Graduate Research Assistantships, each for a period of three years, in the research priority areas listed below. They are seeking fellowship applicants for placement at the University of Minnesota in Horticulture Science, Agronomy and Plant Genetics, Entomology, Plant Pathology, Soil, Water and Climate, and Plant and Microbial Biology. If interested, please contact faculty in these areas to express your interest in the program. Faculty will work with prospective graduate students to develop the nomination package, including designing research projects to address the priority areas, and also discuss funding available to complete any research projects/degree programs remaining after the three-year fellowship.
Final application materials should be sent to Donald Wyse at firstname.lastname@example.org and include the research proposal developed in collaboration with a faculty member (see format below), a two-page nomination letter for the graduate student who would conduct the research, as well as two letters of reference, transcripts, and the student’s application statement that should include a description of the students interest in their specific research area and interest in developing a career in industry. The deadline for submission is Wednesday January 31, 2018. Project proposals and student nominations will be reviewed, and selections will be made by the Multifunctional Agriculture Initiative Executive Committee, made up of University of Minnesota Faculty and Monsanto Sponsors. The results of the review will be sent to everyone that submitted a research proposal and graduate student nomination by March 1, 2018 or earlier.
Research Priorities for the Monsanto/University of Minnesota Fellows Entering Fall Semester 2018:
- Develop systems (including multiple herbicide MOAs and cultural practices) for controlling herbicide resistant weeds
- Develop integrated systems for controlling corn rootworms (CRW) or lepidopteran pests that include traits, insecticides and cultural practices
- Develop biologicals (microbials, microbial and plant extracts) for pest control and/or plant health
- Evaluate use of fungicides (seed treatment and/or foliar) in corn and soybean to enhance yield potential
- Develop cover systems for corn and soybean with a focus on:
- Cover crop establishment
- Cover crop termination
- Nutrient capture and transfer
- Cover crop germplasm development
- The economics of cover cropping and how to make cover crops cost-effective
- Enhancing crop yield with cover crops
- Precision agriculture applications
- Enhancing crop yields with site specific agricultural systems (germplasm selection, crop densities, fertility etc.)
- Site specific pest management (weeds, insects, disease)
- Evaluate how to communicate the benefits of modern (technology based) agriculture
- Explore methods of communication with the consuming public to facilitate a better understanding of the value of high-productivity agriculture
- The program also encourages the submission of proposals that deal with other important disease, insect, and weed problems, as well as other issues important to the enhancement of the yield potential of corn and soybean.
Cover Page (1 page)
To include the following:
- Proposal title
- Principal Investigator and home department, email address, and phone number
- Name of Student Nominee
- Abstract: (250 word max) summary of the project’s goals and objectives; approach and methodology; and anticipated outcomes.
Proposal Narrative (3 page max.)
- Rationale — Provide background and need for the proposed work. Explain why the research you are proposing is important and timely.
- Goals and Objectives — Present measurable objectives for research.
- Approach and Methodology — Describe the approach, scientific methodology, experimental design, and data to be collected (or secondary data that will be analyzed). Explain how these methods are appropriate for the research project.
- Deliverables — Describe the near-term results or products you expect from the proposed research. Results and/or products should be specific, clear, and measurable.
- Other Funds — Describe source of other funds that will be available to support the proposed research.
Nominations are now open for the Department of Horticultural Science Distinguished Alumnus Award. This award will honor an alumnus/alumna who has attained professional distinction in horticultural science as evidenced by outstanding professional achievement on a state, national, or international level. Nominees will be chosen based on demonstrated distinction in their professional lives, recognition as an authority within the field of horticultural science, and exceptional service to or volunteer activities in her/his field. The recipient will receive the award at the spring of 2018 HortSci Grows event.
- Candidates must have received at least one of the following degrees from the Department of Horticultural Science:
- Baccalaureate degree with a major in Horticulture, Environmental Horticulture, Animal & Plant Systems, Science in Agriculture, Food Systems, or Plant Science
- Master of Agriculture
- Master of Professional Studies in Horticulture
- Graduate degree advised by a faculty member of Horticultural Science.
- Nominees may be a group of alumni who collaboratively and individually meet the distinguished alumni award criteria.
- Current staff or faculty in the Department of Horticultural Science, or sitting Regents, are not eligible for this award.
Nominees will be chosen based on a combination of the following factors:
- Meeting the eligibility criteria;
- Demonstrated distinction in their professional lives;
- Recognition as an authority within the field of horticulture;
- Exceptional service to or volunteer activities in her/his field.
Anyone may nominate an individual for this award, and individuals are welcome to self-nominate. Deadline Extended: Nominations are due by 11:59 p.m. on June 30, 2017. Contact Echo Martin (email@example.com) with any questions.
- Completed nominations are forwarded to the Selection Committee by July 3, 2017.
- Letters to the winning nominee and their nominators will be sent by July 15, 2017. If attending HortSci Grows, the recipient will then arrange their itinerary with Lauren Matushin (firstname.lastname@example.org). The recipient may also be asked to attend other parts of HortSci Grows as a special guest, or visit classes occurring during their visit that are applicable to their field and experience.
- The Distinguished Alumnus Award is presented to the nominee in person at the Kermit Olson Lecture and they are invited to the reception afterwards.
Thank you to everyone who turned out on March 29 and made HortSci Grows such a success! Congratulations to our poster competition winners, Grace Watson (undergraduate category) and Sharon Perrone (graduate category). Thank you and congratulations to Kermit Olson speaker Royal Heins, inaugural Horticultural Science Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient, and thank you to the Soil and Sunshine Garden Club for sponsoring the 1st place prize for the undergraduate poster competition. See event pictures.
As part of HortSci Grows, a day celebrating where Horticultural Science has been and where we’re going, we’re hosting a poster competition.
Who can enter?
Undergraduate Students: You must be a current undergraduate at the University of Minnesota and a lead author of the poster being submitted. Group posters are allowed, but the prize will be split among eligible creators.
Graduate Students: You must be current U of M graduate student advised by a faculty member in the Department of Horticultural Science and primary author of the poster being submitted.
What kind of poster?
You are strongly encouraged to use an already-created poster for this competition. The poster must be related to horticultural science and must have been created during the 2017-18 school year or the summer of 2017, as part of a HORT course or with advisement from a faculty or staff member in the department (ex: poster created for UROP, conference, internship, etc).
- First Place
- Undergraduates — $1,000*
- *First place prize is sponsored by the Soil and Sunshine Garden Club. Winner(s) must present their work at the Garden Club meeting in May.
- Graduates — $500
- Second Place — $250
- Third Place — $100
At least one poster creator must be present at the HortSci Grows reception to win:
April 11, 2018
405 Alderman Hall
Is there more information?
Deadline to enter: April 4, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. Hard copies of posters must be turned into 305 Alderman Hall by Thursday, April 5 at 4 p.m.
Contact Sharon Perrone at email@example.com with any questions about submitting.
Throughout the semester, the Department of Horticultural Science hosts speakers from the U and beyond in our Wednesday Seminar series. Seminars are held every Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. in 310 Alderman Hall, and all are invited to attend. See a PDF of the full Spring 2017 schedule or use the Google Calendar to the left to add seminars directly to your own calendar.
$10,000 by December 31, 2016
Donations will be matched
1:1 up to $10,000
Ways to Give
Contact Head Emily Hoover
Third Floor Atrium
The third floor atrium is a hub of activity for Alderman Hall. It is the only public gathering space in the building, located between the front entrance and all three classrooms. This area is a popular spot to study, hold impromptu meetings, eat lunch, or wait for classes to begin — but it is sorely in need of updates and a redesign.
Recently we received a generous gift of up to $10,000 to be used to match additional donations. Your support can help us create a more welcoming and functional space for building users. Our vision includes an expanded seating area and a flexible design to allow for a variety of uses.
Throughout the semester, the Department of Horticultural Science hosts speakers from the U and beyond in our Wednesday Seminar series. Seminars are held every Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. in 310 Alderman Hall, and all are invited to attend. See a PDF of the full Fall 2016 schedule or use the Google Calendar to the left to add seminars directly to your own calendar.
Are you looking to connect with current students to pass on advice and answer questions they have about your field? From noon to 1 p.m. on April 13 the department is hosting an alumni panel. Participants will get a free lunch and a gift from the department, as well as parking paid for if needed. If you’re interested in participating, please fill out this short form and we’ll get in touch with you.
Throughout the semester, the Department of Horticultural Science hosts speakers from the U and beyond in our Wednesday Seminar series. Seminars are held every Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. in 310 Alderman Hall, and all are invited to attend. See a PDF of the full Spring 2016 schedule or use the Google Calendar to the left to add seminars directly to your own calendar.
Throughout the semester, the Department of Horticultural Science hosts speakers from the U and beyond in our Wednesday Seminar series. Seminars are held every Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. in 310 Alderman Hall, and all are invited to attend. See a PDF of the full Fall 2015 schedule or use the Google Calendar to the left to add seminars directly to your own calendar.
On June 12 the department hosted a reception to thank Pat and Margaret Luby, pictured above with President Kaler and spouse Karen Kaler, for establishing the Luby Family Honeycrisp Chair for Fruit Crop Innovation. Their generous donation will ensure continued research innovation in fruit crop breeding, genetics, and variety development for years to come.
- What does organic and sustainable horticultural food production mean?
- What is the role of organics in food security and does it have the potential to feed the world?
- How does food choice and consumer behavior impact natural resources and the environment?
- What are the potential benefits, limitations, misconceptions and ethics of biotechnology in organic and sustainable food systems?
- How do GMOs and pesticide use fit into these production systems?
- What are current organic and urban agriculture endeavors in the Twin Cities?
Discuss the answers to these questions and more when you sign up to take HORT 2031 this fall with Mary Rogers. The class is held Tuesdays and Thursdays 4-5:15 p.m. on East Bank and fulfills the Lib Ed requirement of Environment.
Thank you to everyone who attended the 2015 Kermit A. Olson Memorial Lecture and Scholarship Ceremony on April 1, and congratulations to all of our scholarship and award winners. Because of our generous donors, in 2015 we awarded over $60,000 in scholarships. See the full list of recipients and the scholarships they won below, or go to Facebook to see pictures from the event. The criteria for each scholarship can be seen on our Scholarships page.
Vincent K. Bailey Scholarship
Thomas M. and Drusilla Paist McGill Scholarship
Phil and Mary Allen Scholarship
St. Anthony Park Garden Club Scholarship
Flower Society Scholarship
Arthur E. Hutchins Scholarship
Edgar & Arlene Graupman Scholarship
Dale & Ingebor
Gideon Memorial Scholarship
Leon C. Snyder Scholarship
Soil & Sunshine Garden Club
Richard A. Hamilton Scholarship
Markhart Organics Scholarship
Wagner’s Greenhouse Scholarship
George and Mary Lou Klacan Scholarship
Gordon & Margaret Bailey Scholarship
Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association Scholarship
ASHS Collegiate Scholars Awards
ASHS Outstanding Undergraduate Student
The Gordon and Margaret Bailey Scholarship for MPS
Daniels Fellowship in Horticulture
Soon Li Teh
Hueg Landscape Arboretum Research Fellowship
Reid Landscape-Horticulture Fellowship
Fellowship in Plant Developmental Biology
Munich & Wahler Memorial Fellowship
William H. Alderman Memorial Graduate Award
Outstanding Student Employee Award
Outstanding Staff Service Award
Please join us for our annual Kermit Olson lecture on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. There will be an appetizer reception at 6p.m., awards and lecture will begin at 7p.m.
For planning purposes, please RSVP online.
Biocultural Diversity of Heirloom Vegetable and Fruit Cultivars in the American Mountain South
Horticultural Science Seminar Series
The Department of Horticultural Science hosts weekly seminars featuring professors, researchers, and other professionals doing interesting work in the field of horticultural science. Seminars are held every Wednesday at 3:30pm in 310 Alderman Hall and all are invited to attend. Download a PDF of the full Spring 2015 schedule or add the seminars to your Google Calendar.
Solid Set Canopy Delivery Systems: A Precision Agriculture Approach for High Density Tree Fruit
Presented by Matthew J. Grieshop, Associate Professor, MSU Entomology
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
3:30p.m.–4:30p.m. in Alderman 310
The transformation of apple canopies from large spherical volumes to fruiting walls has been one of the most dramatic changes in horticultural practices over the past 3 decades. Spray application techniques, however, have not kept pace. We have developed and evaluated a revolutionary solid set canopy delivery system (SSCDS) optimized for delivering foliar inputs to fruiting walls. Two years of research indicate that our prototype SSCDS can provide adequate coverage, insect and disease management in high density apples.
In addition, our SSCDS was used to modify canopy microclimate through evaporation cooling. We delated bloom in cherries by 11 days and applesby 8 days — while using 6 fold less water than traditional evaporation cooling approaches. This opens the door to manipulating tree phenology to avoid frost events. A variety of challenges remain in the engineering of our system, including the automataion of fault checking and moving to a hybrid pneumatic/hydraulic delivery system.
January 14-16, 2014
Minneapolis Convention Center
Northern Green Expo is the largest trade show and educational conference in the region dedicated exclusively to green industry professionals. Students get a reduced price for the conference, and they can apply for a conference scholarship to help cover attendance.