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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Growing the Future

The Department of Crop and Soil Sciences is pleased to announce our new department strategic plan, “Growing the Future

Our plan has five strategic directions addressing priority areas in teaching, research and extension.  In addition, you will find our vision and mission statements along with Core Values that we embrace in this department. This plan will guide our department and provide a framework for investing department resources.

We look forward to “Growing the Future”

Download a copy here

Graduate Research Assistant Announcement

The Crop and Soil Science Department at NC State University is seeking a highly motivated student to pursue a graduate degree with a focus on herbicide persistence and risks to subsequent rotational crops. Research may involve laboratory, greenhouse, and field experiments characterizing herbicide persistence, bioavailability and physiological effect(s) on subsequent crops. The student is expected to present results at professional meetings and publish findings in peer-reviewed scientific journals.  The successful candidate must demonstrate a strong commitment to agriculture through research, an excellent work ethic, ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary research team, ability to conduct independent research, and proficiency in the English language (written and oral).

Requirements: the candidate should have weed science, agronomy, ecology, plant science, horticulture or other agriculture related experience.  The assistantship is contingent upon acceptance by the Graduate School and Department of Crop and Soil Sciences (  The successful candidate should begin summer or fall 2017 and will be required to travel in-state to complete research objectives (valid drivers license is required).


Compensation: Commensurate with experience. A research assistantship including tuition and graduate student support will be offered.


Additional information: Please contact Dr. Travis Gannon (, Dr. Anna Locke (, or Dr. Wes Everman (

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A. Douglas Worsham Weed Science Lecture Series – February 23, 2017



Modeling Indaziflam Behavior and Performance: Implications for All Herbicides


Dr. Michael R. Schwarz
R&D Fellow, Agronomic Development
Crop Science Division
Bayer CropScience LP


February 23, 2017
Refreshments at 2:30 pm
Seminar at 3:00 pm
2405 Williams Hall


Michael Schwarz received his Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from the University of Wisconsin.  He has since held positions as an Extension Associate and Adjunct Professor of Plant Pathology at Cornell University, and various positions within Bayer CropScience such as Director of Seed Treatment Product Development, Group Leader for Fungicide Early Development, and Field Development Representative in the Northeastern United States.  Dr. Schwarz currently holds positions of R&D Fellow, Agronomic Development, at Bayer CropScience with primary responsibilities for developing and implementing integrated crop protection solutions for horticultural crops, and Adjunct Professor of Plant Pathology at North Carolina State University.  Dr. Schwarz has been recognized as an innovative leader in the development and implementation of short- to long-term strategic initiatives for seed treatment, soil-insecticide, fungicide, herbicide, nematicide, biological control, and transgenic solutions.


The series is named in honor of Dr. Douglas Worsham.  Dr. Worsham had a distinguished career in weed science at North Carolina State University for many years.  He had a positive influence on many students at both undergraduate and graduate levels.  Dr. Worsham also served many groups in North Carolina as well as groups at national and international levels through his generosity in sharing his knowledge and expertise in weed science.  Dr. Worsham has long been considered a unifying figure among weed scientists at North Carolina State University.

USDA – NCSU National Needs Doctoral Fellowships

USDA – NCSU National Needs Doctoral Fellowships


Multidisciplinary Training in Advanced Technologies for High-Yield Sustainable Agriculture

NCSU Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Engineering, and Sciences are recruiting outstanding students to pursue interdisciplinary PhDs in Advanced Technologies for High Yield Sustainable Agriculture as USDA-funded National Needs Fellows. Open only to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or permanent residents of the Pacific Islands Trust Territory intending to become university teachers/researchers. We encourage applicants from groups underrepresented in agricultural sciences: women and African, Hispanic-, Native-, and Asian-Americans. Research will be under the auspices of AMPLIFY (Agrosphere Modeling for Producing Large Increases in Food Yield) in one or more of these six expertise-shortage areas: 1) biotechnology, biochemistry, and microbiology; 2) natural resources including sustainable agriculture and biofuels; 3) soil sciences; 4) agricultural/biological engineering; 5) plant sciences and horticulture; and 6) water resources including water quality. Students will be cross-trained among these and others such as bioinformatics, computational biology, statistics, electrical and computer engineering, geographic information science (GIS), remote sensing, integrated pest management, modeling, regulatory science, and climate change. A required 3-month resident internship in the public sector or at a local agricultural biotech company will increase career opportunities in the strong job market for cross-trained scientists. Candidates must have outstanding academic records, excellent GRE scores, and demonstrable financial need by federal guidelines. Included are: stipend, tuition, fees, and funds to defray research costs and travel to professional meetings. Additional information is available at the program website.

Potential applicants wishing to pursue a soil-science-related degree are encouraged to contact one or more of the following: Dr. Jeffrey G. White, Dr. Josh Heitman, Dr. Wei Shi.  For a crop-science-related degree: Dr. Ron Heiniger, Dr. Gail Wilkerson. For other disciplines, navigate to the program website.

Dr Stanley Culpepper spoke at the Worsham Lecture Series

Dr Stanley Culpepper recently spoke at the Worsham Lecture Series about the importance of education programs, dialogue among parties and sound science in addressing challenges associated with weed management.  Dr Culpepper is a leading figure both in and beyond weed science circles.  He recently received the Environmental Protection Agency’s Montreal Protocol Award for his efforts to address issues with climate and weed management that are both effective and sustainable.  Stanley is a native of North Carolina and alumni of North Carolina State University, receiving his PhD under the direction of Dr Alan York.  Dr Culpepper also received recognition for his accomplishments and contributions as recipient of the 2016 CALS Outstanding Alumni award. Dr Culpepper was in Dr Worsham’s final cohort of students in CS 414, the fundamental undergraduate course on weed science at NC State.  He is an excellent example of the important contributions of the weed science program at this university in addressing and solving issues impacting agriculture.

Dr Alan York (left) and Dr Stanley Culpepper