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Meet undergraduate Gabriel DeRosa

Gabriel DeRosa

Gabriel DeRosa.

Gabriel DeRosa recently completed a UConn study abroad experience at the International Studies Institute at Palazzo Rucellai in Florence, Italy. He participated in the College’s Sustainable Food and Environmental Systems Program where students learn about European agriculture, economy and society, gaining additional perspectives to compare and contrast with their American experiences.

The program, which occurs in the fall semester, allows students to spend fourteen weeks earning fourteen credits overseas. It features classroom instruction and study tours and internships. Throughout the immersive experience, they learn how food is produced, transformed, distributed, prepared and consumed in Italy. The particular areas of focus are determined by the three CAHNR faculty members that accompany students, tailoring each excursion into a unique experience based on their expertise. Typically, the cost for Connecticut residents is slightly more than attending UConn for a typical fall semester and in the case of out-of-state students, the cost for the program may be lower than that for a typical fall semester. Financial assistance may be available for qualified students. For more information, please email, or or go to

What is your major, and why did you choose it?

I’m a horticulture major. Growing up I spent a lot of time near farms. I always had friends that had farms or lots of land, and so I was around a lot of animals and livestock. I found I was interested in farming but realized that I wanted to focus on plants. I started looking around for community agricultural projects and different organic farms in my area to get involved in. Once I started working, I knew I had discovered something I really enjoyed doing. Then I found that UConn has a great program for plant science. (more…)

CAHNR in the news

Students with mobile devicesOne of CAHNR’s people made the news recently. The bolded topic is linked to media coverage. The roman text link goes to additonal information.

Integrated Pest Management Insights. January 2017. Featured the career of Donna Ellis and her work with IPM and invasive species. IPM can play a central role in managing invasive species, according to Ellis, who is a senior cooperative extension educator in plant science and landscape architecture.

By Patsy Evans

Image of the week

From the UConn Home and Garden Education Center. “Pussywillow buds are bursting on the weeper on the south side of our brick building. A sign of spring to come.”

CAHNR in the news

newspaper readersSome of CAHNR’s people, places and programs made the news recently. The bolded topics are linked to media coverage. The roman text links go to additional information.

Office of Undergraduate Research Education website. 1-25-17. Announced that three CAHNR students were among the fall 2016 IDEA Grant recipients. As part of IDEA group projects, horticulture students Peter Apicella and Jacob Griffith Gardner will direct breeding efforts of Aronia, a fruit bearing shrub. With a CLAS student, Kelsey Witik, an environmental science student, will study the effects of road salt on soils and trees.

Scientific American. 12-23-17. Ran an article about research into the toxicological risk from polar bears’ exposure to pollutants.  It quoted Department of Natural Resources and the Environment Assistant Professor Melissa McKinney, who was not part of the study.

By Patsy Evans

Meet graduate student Rachel Holden

Rachel Holden

Rachel Holden

Rachel Holden is a graduate student studying agricultural education at UConn, with the goal of becoming a teacher after she graduates in May 2017. She is currently student teaching at the agricultural science program at Lyman Hall High School in Wallingford, Connecticut, with a class of animal science students. Holden is interested in teaching either animal science or horticultural science once she receives her master’s degree. Here is what she said about being a UConn graduate student.

Where did you study as an undergraduate? I studied at the University of Connecticut for my bachelor’s degree.

What was your major? I majored in animal science, with a minor in horticulture. I have several animals at home as well as a greenhouse. I liked the variety.

Why did you decide to go to graduate school? I knew I enjoyed teaching in agricultural education. There are so many things that people don’t know about agriculture. I want to help students understand the importance and realize the different aspects of agriculture. It’s not just farming. (more…)