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Meet graduate student Chris Laughton

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Chris Laughton

As a nontraditional student and a self-proclaimed reinvented person, Chris Laughton brings much agricultural work and life experience to the graduate program in Agricultural and Resource Economics (ARE). His current employer, Farm Credit East (FCE) in Enfield, invests in his education to help him accomplish his plan. Here is what he said in an interview.

Where did you receive your degrees? I got a bachelor’s degree (with honors) from Cornell University in horticulture. My MBA is from the University of Massachusetts.

Why did you decide to go to graduate school? What made you choose ARE? In my job, I work in economics with an agricultural emphasis. It made me realize that I need more in-depth knowledge than my MBA gave me.

UConn’s Department of Agricultural and Resources Economics (ARE) has high quality academics. In addition, being part of a graduate program in Storrs allows me to stay in my job and home.

Who is your advisor? Rigoberto Lopez

Tell us about your program so far. I started in January 2017 with one class. I would call myself a non-traditional student because I also work full-time. (more…)

Meet graduate student Danielle Kloster

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Danielle Kloster.

Danielle Kloster is a PhD candidate in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment. She received an education in environmental science and renewable energy systems in upstate New York. At UConn, she’s studying human dimensions in roadside forest management. Here’s what she said in an interview.

Where did you study as an undergraduate?

I studied at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) in Syracuse, New York.

What was your major?

My major was in environmental science, with a concentration in renewable energy systems.

Why did you decide to go to graduate school?

I also completed my master’s degree at SUNY-ESF in environmental science. I had been working with a professor there as an undergraduate so I continued on to do research on short rotation woody cropping systems for bioenergy purposes. I worked on shrub willow, which can be used for wood chips and pellets and also to mitigate soil erosion. Through all of this I realized that I wanted to get into human dimensions research. My research is important to biophysical sciences but I wanted to find better ways for it to benefit people directly and help them make informed decisions. (more…)

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Sara Tufts, Animal Science '17, with Leo. Tufts will attend North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Sara Tufts, Animal Science ’17, with Leo. Tufts will attend North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Photo by Alexa LaConche.

Historical image of the week

Summer Session Picnic

Summer Session Picnic. Photo by Jerauld A. Manter, 1942. From the UConn Libraries Archives and Special Collections.

Meet graduate student Jonathan Mahoney

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Jonathan Mahoney.

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.

Who is your advisor? (more…)