2012 MSHS Scholarship Recipients

Srdan Acimovic (CANR /Michigan State University)

Srdan is currentply working on his PhD in Plant Pathology and will graduate in 2014. His goal is to provide fruit growers with the means and technology for safer and healthier fruit production. He will be seeking a research oriented position in the tree injection industry oriented towards tree-based agriculture.

Elise Carolan (Michigan State University)

Elise is in the third year of a four year program in Horticulture with a minor in Entomology. She is interested in pest management studies in the plant pathology or entomology areas. She plans to continue her education with graduate school in the hopes of becoming a professor or extension agent.

Kasey Clemens (Michigan State University)

Kasey will graduate in May 2014, with a Masters degree in Plant Pathology. She has been actively involved in Dr. Annemiek Schilder’s small fruit pathology lab. Her work at the lab focused on cane and twig blight disease and Phomopsis vaccinii with blueberries. In the future she would like to use this research to improve production strategies of horticultural crops.

Krista Janeschek (Michigan State University)

Krista will graduate in 2014 with a B.S. degree in Crop & Soil Science. She has been actively involved in the MSU Student Organic Farm. She also interned as a crop scout for Wilbur-Ellis. She is interested in the tree fruit industry and working alongside farmers and farmer – supply representatives to perform or be indirectly related to tree-fruit research.

Ashley Leach (Michigan State University)

Ashley will be graduating in May with a Bachelor’s in Entomology and an interest in sustainable agriculture. She has worked to trap the Drosophila pest and evaluated native pollination in blueberry crops. Ashley would also like to get a Master’s degree in Agricultural science.

William Lindberg (Michigan State University)

William pursues a Masters in Horticulture with plans to graduate in May 2013. His area of interest is blueberry production. He is gaining expertise in blueberry production and quality while growing up on a blueberry farm. He is looking to open his own business while focusing on providing fresh and local fruits to the residents of west Michigan.

Richard McNally (Michigan State University)

Richard is working on his PhD in Plant Pathology and plans to graduate May 2013. His area of interest is fire blight. As an aspiring scientist he has actively sought to communicate his work with seminars and posters. As a developing plant pathologist he hopes to use his expertise in plant biology and plant disease to help the agricultural community produce healthy and affordable fruits and vegetables.

Kyle Totzke (Michigan State University)

Kyle is working on a major in Horticultural Science and plans to graduate May 2014. His area of interest is Viticulture and Enology. He would like to pursue a career in wine grape production and wine making. Kyle will be involved in an internship in Europe to grasp a better knowledge of wine grape production.