Plant Pathology & Crop Physiology Graduate Students Receive Competitive Award from the American Phytopathological Society

4/2015 - The graduate students, led by Josielle Rezende, Ally Lunos and Rebecca Sweany, from the Department of Plant Pathology & Crop Physiology (PPCP) were awarded the first Departmental Plant Pathology Experiential Award by the Office of Private Sector Relations from the American Phytopathological Society (APS).  This competitive award was created in 2015 with seed funding from the Don and Judy Mathre Education Endowment and through the support of private sector companies.  The purpose of this award is to enhance the awareness of business operations and potential career opportunities in institutions outside of academia.  With this award, the PPCP graduate students visited several companies and governmental agencies in California, following the  2015 Annual APS meeting in Pasadena, that included Seminis, Driscoll’s and the USDA.  In addition, they visited UC Riverside and Davis.  This trip allowed the PPCP students to learn more about different career choices and see plant pathogens on crops uncommonly grown in Louisiana that include raspberries, blackberries, grapes, and tree nuts and learn about their disease management practices. 

PPCP Students
Photo (L to R): Eduardo Chagas, Yenjit Raruang, Adam Bigott, Sebastian Albu, Josielle Rezende, Ally Lunos, Dongfang Hu, and Rebecca Sweany