Horticulture and food science students claim seven awards at Southern ASHS conference


From left, Southern ASHS award winners include Mataya Duncan, Kenneth Buck, Amanda Fleming, Mason Chizk and food science researcher Renee Threlfall.

Five U of A students from the Department of Horticulture and one from the Department of Food Science combined for seven awards at the recent 86th Annual Southern Region Conference of the American Society of Horticultural Sciences.

Two students won first place awards and two earned second place honors.

Amanda Fleming in Food Science won the Norman F. Childers MS Graduate Student Paper competition, and Ryan Conklin won the Fruits and Nuts category in the Team Judge category.

Mataya Duncan placed second in the JB Edmond Undergraduate Student Paper competition and River Dean finished second for judging vegetable crops in the team competition.

Kenneth Buck came third in the Norman F. Childers MS Graduate Student Paper division.

Duncan won an undergraduate poster award and Mason Chizk won a graduate student poster award.

At the same meeting, food science researcher Renee Threlfall was honored for winning the Julian Miller Sr. Distinguished Researcher Award. The award recognizes an outstanding record in research on one or more horticultural crops and in one or more fields of horticultural research for a period of 10 years or more.

Threlfall is a faculty member of Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences. She is also a researcher and scientist at the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station, the research arm of the U of A System’s agriculture division. Food Science offers concentrations in Food Science, Food Technology, and Food and Culinary Science.

The Department of Horticulture has four focus areas: sustainable horticulture, landscape and ornamentals, production (fruits, vegetables, ornamentals) and turf science.

The conference was held February 10-13 in New Orleans. ASHS promotes and encourages national and international interest in scientific research and education in all branches of horticulture. The organization is made up of scientists, educators, students, landscape and turf managers, government, extension workers and industry professionals. Members focus on the practices and issues of horticulture, such as the selection, propagation, production and management, harvesting, handling and storage, processing, marketing and use of plants and horticultural products.

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