S415 Soil Science Building & Zoom
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Entering mentoring! Training tomorrow’s research mentors via collaboration with Red Lake Nation College
Undergraduate research with cultural and community relevance is an important mechanism to engage, retain, and foster success for Native and other underrepresented minority students. This seminar will report on successes and challenges of a mentored research collaboration between Red Lake Nation College (RLNC) and the University of Minnesota (UMN). The goals of our program included to 1) Develop a student-driven research program for RLNC, offering students authentic and mentored research experience and advancing the institution’s capacity to conduct independent plant and soil research, and 2) Offer UMN graduate students opportunities to mentor Native undergraduate students in a supported environment. Farmer interest in using summer cover crops in rotation with horticultural food crops has been increasing, and so we used a warm season cover crop field experiment as a professional development tool in this program. Julie will also describe additional research efforts in her lab focusing on the use of cover crops in horticultural production, including both warm season summer cover crop rotations, and in high tunnel production environments.
Dr. Julie Grossman, Department of Horticulture, University of Minnesota
Julie is a soil scientist and a faculty member in the Department of Horticultural Science at the University of Minnesota. She received her graduate training at the University of Minnesota in Agronomy and Plant Genetics with an emphasis in Agroecology in Spring 2003. She was an NSF postdoctoral fellow at Cornell University, and then a faculty member at North Carolina State University in the Department of Soil Science, prior to joining the Department of Horticultural Science at the University of Minnesota in 2014. Julie’s research explores management of plant-soil-microbe relationships to enhance soil fertility in organic systems, especially the process of legume biological nitrogen fixation in organic vegetable systems.