How to Be Successful in Online Education

Soil Science Online: How to Be Successful in Online Education

The thought of online and distance education is intriguing to some and intimidating to others. On one hand, who wouldn’t want to go to school in the comfort of their own home? On the other hand, without a strict schedule and distractions abound, is it really possible to learn something?

In this month’s Soil Science Online Blog, we’ll tackle these questions and offer advice on how to be successful in your online education at NC State. Who knows? Maybe distance learning could be a great solution to your educational goals.

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Graduate Student Spotlight: Rachel Atwell

Graduate Student Rachel Atwell

Graduate Student Rachel Atwell

My name is Rachel Atwell and I am a graduate student in the Crop Science Department at North Carolina State University (NCSU). I work primarily in the organic grain cropping lab under the advisement of Dr. Chris Reberg-Horton. My research focuses on screening winter pea genotypes for use as grain, forage, and cover crops in the Southeast and using cover crop mulches for weed suppression in cotton production. I also work on a project under the advisement of Dr. Alan York evaluating Palmer amaranth control in cotton production with dicamba/glufosinate using the new XtendFlex® technology. I grew up in Geneseo, IL and I went to the University of Illinois for my undergraduate education. I received a M.S. degree from the Crop Science Department at NCSU. My M.S. research focused on cultural weed control tactics and fertility management in organic corn and canola production. I decided to come to the Crop Science department at NCSU for graduate school to gain experience with diverse cropping systems. I have been fortunate to work with many commodities during graduate school which has kept life very interesting! In the future I hope to continue to conduct field research and teach agricultural-based classes. In my spare time I love to run, go to the Farmers Market, watch Barefoot Contessa, and bake!

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Student Perspectives – Elizabeth Gillispie

Protecting drinking water in Cambodia

The joy Liz Gillispie feels in her research is evident in her face, her smile and in every statement.

The Soil Science doctoral student has returned from two weeks of research in Kandal Province, Cambodia. Within days of coming home, Liz was already at work in her laboratory in Williams Hall, happy to share details of her work.

In Cambodia, Liz gathered sediment samples to look at varying concentrations of manganese, which can potentially impact future arsenic contamination of drinking water. Currently the limited supply of safe drinking water is vulnerable to naturally-occurring arsenic.

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