2010 MSHS Scholarship Recipients

Laura Avila Niño (Michigan State University)

Laura is working on her Master’s in Plant Pathology. Her area of interest is Epidemiology, fungicide resistance, and disease damage thresholds. She plans to earn a PhD in order to improve disease management practices and develop new alternatives to control the epidemic spread of plant diseases.

Ryan Dietrich (Michigan State University)

Ryan is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Agri-Business Mangagment in Fruit Production. Ryan currently works in a Post-Harvest lab at MSU researching Honeycrisp storage methods. After graduation, Ryan plans on continuing the legacy on his family’s 800 acre fruit farm.

Alan Dosenberry (Michigan State University)

Alan is completing his Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture in the area of Post Harvest and Packaging. Alan is currently employed in a Plant Genetics Laboratory and wants to continue the research, experimentation, and testing of packaging and storage systems for food crops.

Jason Karle (Michigan State University)

Jason will be completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture next spring with a focus on viticulture and enology. Jason is currently the president of the MSU Wine Appreciation Club. He plans to pursue a career in winemaking and viticulture. His future plans include a desire to eventually earn his PhD and teach at MSU.

Andrew Schultz (Michigan State University)

Andrew is pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness Management in the area of Fruit Production and Direct Farm Retail. He is an Eagle Scout and has spent considerable time developing environmentally friendly community service projects. His future plans include returning to his family fruit farm.

Travis Stegmeir (Michigan State University)

Travis pursues a PhD in Plant Breeding and Genetics in the area of Fruit Breeding. His current work is on the genetic control of cherry leaf spot and the genetic control of other quality traits in tart cherries. His aspiration is to work in the private sector on cultivar development for better fruit qualities, disease/pest resistance or higher yield.

Anthony VanWoerkom (Michigan State University)

Anthony is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Entomology and his area of interest is Fruit Tree Entomology. Upon completion of his degree, he plans to continue his career with a chemical company working with pesticides and may also pursue his PhD in Entomology.