Jonathan Mahoney is a PhD student studying plant breeding in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture. While completing an undergraduate internship at the USDA in Ames, Iowa, he became part of a collaboration that connected him to UConn. Here is what he said in an interview.
Where did you study as an undergraduate?
I studied at Iowa State University in the Department of Horticulture and graduated in 2014.
What was your major?
My major was horticulture with an emphasis in fruit and vegetable production.
Why did you decide to go to graduate school?
It was partly due to the people that I worked with at Iowa State, especially the faculty, and the research that I did as an undergraduate at the USDA-ARS, National Plant Germplasm System.
It was also probably my own curiosity. Learning what something is, that’s interesting, but I want to know why and how. I think graduate school allows me to do that with experiments and scientific discoveries.
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