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Former student with her mentor

Mar 10, 2023

High Degree of Influence

Nannette Smith was the first Black woman to earn a Ph.D. from NC State in 1973. What happened before and after she earned her doctorate in plant pathology? We caught up with her to find out. 

Sydney Seymour in a greenhouse at a biotech company in Ethiopia

Jan 10, 2023

Solving Problems and Building the Next Generation of Engineers

Sydney Seymour, a three-time alumnus from NC State’s Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, owns an international consulting firm. He’s also passionate about training young engineers. 

Young female student wearing a red sweater and graduation cap

Dec 9, 2022

Prepared for a Bold Future

Aanandi Munshi graduates this December with a Master of Science in Biochemistry and plans to become a doctor. 

Andrea Rubio in her graduation regalia

Dec 9, 2022

Ph.D. Student Wants to Fill the Need for Feed Research

Ph.D. student Andrea Rubio loves working with animals too much to trade up her dusty T-shirts and boots for a more professional look post-graduation this fall. 

Young woman holding up a lab sample

Nov 28, 2022

International Graduate Student Encourages Diversity in the Agricultural Sciences

CALS international graduate student Andrea Gómez Cabrera believes a diverse and inclusive academic environment benefits the work, research and daily lives of CALS community members. 

Chelsi Oxendine throwing up NC State wolf ears

Nov 28, 2022

Chelsi Oxendine: Native American Graduate Student Improving Her Community

Graduate student Chelsi Oxendine is passionate about being involved in her community, and it’s played a significant role in deciding which path to take for her career. 

Diana Ramirez Segovia

Nov 8, 2022

Diana Ramirez Segovia Talks Inclusivity and Support at CALS

From finding the best international grocery stores to overcoming a language barrier, Salvadoran Diana Ramirez Segovia has found a community of inclusivity and support at NC State. 

Modesta Abugu in a sweetpotato field

Oct 17, 2022

Modesta Abugu: Improving Sweetpotato Flavor for Nutrition Security

Ph.D. student Modesta Abugu is researching flavor compounds in sweetpotatoes with a goal of increasing consumption and improving global nutrition security. 

a young woman in a purple cover gown in a lab

Sep 27, 2022

Contamination Detective

As a former culinary instructor, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences graduate student Riya Magiya wanted to better understand the science behind keeping food healthy and safe. 

a woman wearing a masking presenting a presentation

Aug 23, 2022

Microbial Biotechnology Grad Student Interns at Novozymes

Kathryn Landry, a graduate student in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, worked with Novozymes to create sustainable household cleaners using microbes, combining her interest in science and the environment.