Rutgers Gardens Incorporates Student Farm for Outreach and Learning Opportunities

Raised beds prepared for student farm production at Rutgers Gardens.

Raised beds prepared for student farm production at Rutgers Gardens.

A student run farm that has operated at the Hort Farm since 1993 will re-emerge across the lane at Rutgers Gardens. The Office of Agriculture and Urban Programs will offer a sequence of interdisciplinary courses involving the organic farm. It also will provide the foundation for a broad spectrum of community outreach and programs, student research opportunities and entrepreneurial pursuits. Read more at Rutgers Today.

Gloucester County student wins Rutgers’ Bell Scholarship

Alyssa Lehman, 21, Williamstown, a senior at Rutgers University, received the Ernest Bell scholarship. The recipient must be a New Jersey resident and demonstrate a high level of scholastic achievement, involvement with New Jersey’s horse industry, and financial need.

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Bridgewater students learn about weather from Rutgers student

The students in Terry Tunkel’s class at Hillside Intermediate School in Bridgewater recently enjoyed a visit from special guest, Joe Fogarty, a graduate of Bridgewater-Raritan High School who currently attends Rutgers University while majoring in meteorology. The fifth grade students first became excited about meteorology during their unit on Thinking Like a Scientist. Students learned about computer models, and tracked the path of Hurricane Joaquin. The students watched a video of Fogarty on RU-TV Weather Watcher as he forecast the hurricane’s impact.

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Rutgers Energy Institute Intern Wins First Prize in Student Poster Competition at National Meeting

REI intern Ajay Kashi (at right) with his mentor Anders Laursen, post-doctoral associate.

REI intern Ajay Kashi, pictured holding his first place award, with his mentor Anders Laursen, post-doctoral associate.

Rutgers Energy Institute (REI) summer intern Ajay Kashi, a Chemistry and Chemical Biology major who conducts research in Prof. Charles Dismukes’ lab, took home first prize in the student poster competition at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) National Meeting in Salt Lake City. REI’s home campus is at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences but the institute facilitates interdisciplinary energy research across Rutgers University. The institute’s summer internship is open to highly motivated undergraduates and is intended “to help students understand the breadth of the energy challenge, from the environmental impacts that motivate the transition, to the technological innovation needed to create a viable new system and the socio-economic, policy and energy system frameworks necessary to enable widespread deployment.” Read more on REI intern Ajay Kashi’s award.

Entrepreneurship Agriculture Day 2015 Showcases Interns’ Achievements

The Entrepreneurship Agriculture intern's posters on display.

The Entrepreneurship Agriculture interns’ posters on display.

On October 17, Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS) celebrated its third Entrepreneurship Agriculture (EA) Day on Cook Campus. This event was part of the Entrepreneurship Ag Program initiated at SEBS in Spring 2013 and comprised the teaching of a Jr/Sr Colloquium on Entrepreneurial Agriculture, a competitive student internship on Entrepreneurship Agriculture and the forming of a student club with the mission of promoting entrepreneurship in agriculture and food at SEBS. The EA interns presented their agricultural endeavors to a crowd of over 40 people from within and outside Rutgers.

The seven interns were Andrew Boamah–Agyekum (MBS, International Agriculture 2015), Heather Healy (BS, Nutritional Science 2015), Kevin Marceski (BS, Environmental Business Economics & Sustainability 2016), Arlan James Rodeo (MBS, Global Agriculture 2016), James Smith (BS, Plant Science 2016), Rebekah Wortmann (BS, Biochemistry and Plant Systems 2016), and Edwin Xue (BS, Public Health 2016), who were all eager to share their work through posters and speeches. [Read more…]