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STEM-FEE Graduates

Name| Major

Simcha (Simi) Rodgers | Horticulture | Former Cohort 1 Student

Simi Rodgers chose to study Sustainable and Organic Horticulture at MSU, because she thinks it is important for people to understand where their food comes from and how to grow their own food. While attending MSU, Simi participated in the Latino Student mentoring program and worked at multiple greenhouses and flower shops. She will be attending Wayne State University to earn a Master’s degree in English. Simi aspires to teach both English and Horticulture to high school or college students. She would like to combine her love of the arts and sciences by using her writing skills to inform people about the significance of their food choices and how they can have a positive impact on the planet. 

Righteous Tipton | Horticulture | Former Cohort 1 Student

Matt Uebbing | Crop and Soil Sciences | Former Cohort 1 Student

I am from Hudsonville, Michigan and I graduated in May of 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in Crop and Soil Sciences. I chose to study CSS because I want to be in a position where I can help farmers understand the science involved in crop production and how that applies to their farm, ultimately trying to help improve the profitability and the sustainability of their operation. I will be starting graduate school at Michigan State in the fall pursuing a master’s in Plant Pathology.

Brianna Wiemer | Crop and Soil Sciences

Cohort 1

Name| Major

Emma Ashley-Grose | Forestry

I grew up on Green Eagle Farm and I love contributing to my community through providing healthy foods. From an early age I got my education digging in the dirt and I want to continue to learn and share all things nature. This scholarship has aided in my pursuit of a Forestry major while opening doors to growing my MSU community. The scholarship facilitators go above and beyond to provide support and opportunities for each recipient. I am grateful!

Chloe Grabb | Horticulture

My name is ChloeGrabb and I study Horticulture here at MSU. Choosing to study horticulture was the best decision that I’ve ever made. I have enjoyed each and every one of my classes in the program, and it’s incredible how much I’ve already learned. I wake up every morning excited to learn about and work with plants. I am the secretary of the Student Horticulture Association, as well as an undergraduate learning assistant for HRT 203 and NSC 192. I don’t know what I want to do with my degree just yet, but I know that I will be happy with whatever path I choose. 

Clarice Hollenquest | Horticulture

The STEM-FEE Scholarship Program has provided me with extensive financial and academic support that has helped me expand my horizons at Michigan State University. I am passionate about urban farming and environmental sustainability. The STEM FEE program has helped me explore these fields in depth. Professionals have come to speak to us and faculty have done a great job at keeping us motivated and supported. I have been able to study horticulture and do what I love to do every single day. Being a part of this community has helped me find my way and discover a part of me that I am proud to have cultivated through the STEM FEE Scholars Program. I am thankful and forever greatful for the lessons I have learned and the growth I have experienced through this program. It has changed my life trajectory for the better! Loving staff and a beautiful school.

Emma Konn | Fisheries and Wildlife

Cohort 2

Name | Major

David (Percy) Breice | Horticulture

AJ Burdick | Food Science

My name is AJ Burdick, and I am a Food Science major. I chose to study Food Science because it allowed me to combine my childhood dream of being a chef with my current love for science. I am an active member of Michigan State’s Food Science Club as well as a Campus Tour Guide for MSU. After college, I plan to use my degree to pursue a career in Research and Development or International Food Policies and Safety.

Andrew Peter Davis | Crop and Soil Sciences

Katarina (Kat) Gonzalez-Garcia | Crop and Soil Sciences

Shannon Good | Animal Science

I am a second-year student at Michigan State University. I have a deep passion for agriculture which stems from being raised on my family’s dairy farm. My enthusiasm for agriculture and love for dairy cows inspired me to major in Animal Science. I’m very grateful to be a STEM-FEE Scholar because it has allows me to make many valuable connections with MSU Faculty and build strong relations with students that have similar interests.

Brecinda Alise Hernandez | Fisheries and Wildlife

I am currently a fisheries and wildlife major with a concentration of wildlife biology and management and a minor in conservation, recreation, and environmental enforcement. I chose this path because I have always had an interest in animals and wanted to be apart of the impact towards protecting our wildlife. At Michigan State University, I am a member of the Fisheries and Wildlife club to help gain experience towards my career. I plan to attend the conservation officer academy after graduation to work for the Department of Natural Resources in the law enforcement branch. 

William Keinath | Crop and Soil Sciences

I come from an agricultural background, so naturally I chose something with agriculture. I chose Crop and Soil Sciences as my major and a minor in Agribusiness in hope of someday working as a chemical field sales representative. With the STEM-FEE program it has allowed me to create new friends, and relationships with faculty members that I otherwise would not have. It also allows me to see and hear different ideas about our agriculture community, and our environment in general.

Noah Kemler | Fisheries and Wildlife

Darla Knuth | Crop and Soil Sciences

Hi y’all my name is Darla and I’m from Rockwall, TX. I’m majoring in crop and soil science and minoring in entomology. Since being at MSU I’ve discovered I’m very interested in pest management and would like to explore that more going forward. So far on campus I’ve been involved in Bug Club and Block and Bridle where I’ve met some really great people. After graduation, I’m considering becoming a crop consultant or potentially going on to get my masters in agronomy. 

Claire Komarzec | Entomology

Hi I’m Claire, and I study Entomology at Michigan State University. Entomology is the study of any creature with an exoskeleton. In basic terms I study bugs, arachnids and crustaceans. I’ve been Interested in bugs since I was a kid.  Sadly I was teased for it a bit. Thankfully I didn’t care what others said and now it’s blossomed into my future career thanks to lots of help from the STEM-FEE program. I don’t exactly know what I’ll do when I graduate because entomology is such a diverse field. I try not to plan ahead in life too strictly because many people end up pushing aside opportunities to stay on their planned path. I know that as long as my future career helps at least one person or creature I’ll be happy and satisfied with myself. 

Hunter Likavec | Animal Science

My name is Hunter Likavec and I am an Animal Science student. I chose this degree due to the diverse amount of options I am given once I receive my degree. At MSU I am involved in Block and Bridle and I am also a part of the Polo team on the PJV level. I will be graduating in May 2021 with my degree and plan on moving to Oklahoma to pursue my career in the ag industry in some way. STEM-FEE has allowed me to focus more on my schooling so that I can financially afford school and also has helped me travel to my internship in Oklahoma summer 2020 and help me out in gas money and tuition towards my internship credits which helps immensely. I am forever grateful for this program and has allowed me to enjoy my college career as much as I can.

Nevaeh Marshall | Horticulture

I joined the STEM-FEE academy in my first year at MSU as a Horticulture Student with a minor is Environmental Studies and Sustainability. I chose this as my major because Horticulture is something I am passionate about and I love working outside in nature. I am currently working on an organic farm and it has only proved my love for plants. Outside of school and work.

Kenneth Mathews | Horticulture

Choosing Horticulture as my major has been the best decision I’ve made in my undergraduate career. Having worked on a farm I can truly say the courses in the Horticulture program have definitely provided me the knowledge and skills required to excell in vegetable or ornamental production. Therefore, with the skills acquired I will pursue a careeer in Urban Farming to provide local access to organic produce in food deserts. However, none of this would be possible if not for the STEM-FEE scholarship and Provost match that have provided the funds for me to continue my studies.  

Thomas Rondeau | Fisheries and Wildlife

I enjoy studying Fisheries & Wildlife because right away I was able to take classes related to my major. I got involved with Duck’s Unlimited even though I’ve never been duck hunting before. It has broadened my opportunities for the future. I was worried about going to such a big school, but joining different clubs as well as STEM-FEE, I was able to find friends with similar interests as me. 

Avery Rutland | Fisheries and Wildlife

My name is Avery Rutland and I am from Burleson, Texas. I have a passion for learning about animals and the environment that they live in, which led me to major in Fisheries and Wildlife, where I can do both. I am so happy to be a STEM-FEE Scholar because it has given me a community of other students and faculty that encourage and support me during my college experience. As well as being part of STEM-FEE, I am a member of MSU photography club, Alpha Xi Delta Sorority, and The National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

Ryan Sabo | Forestry

I chose forestry as my major because I’ve always loved being outdoors, and I want to be able to have passion in my work. I love that when I go on walks, I’m able to identify the trees and shrubs around me and get other people interested in the environment. My goal is to learn more about sustainable logging that can be used for cross-laminated timber and mass timber. Last year, I was involved in the bat club.  We put up bat houses and gave informational walks around campus. This year, I would like to get involved in more environmental clubs if COVID permits. 

Ty’Carria Trevino | Fisheries and Wildlife

Brice Walther | Crop and Soil Sciences

Cohort 3

Name | Major

Shania Shepard | Food Science

I chose food science as my major because I was interested in the health aspects and science that’s behind keeping food fresh and safe to consume. My career goals are to work in a field that focuses on public health such as food systems and quality assurance.

Jessica Diaz | Fisheries and Wildlife

I chose to major in Fisheries & Wildlife because of the interdisciplinary nature of the program at MSU that combines the fields of biology, natural resources, environmental policy, and more. The FW program also emphasizes experiential learning through labs, independent research, and study abroad programs – all of which I have been fortunate to participate in! My overall career goals are to work at the intersection of urban ecosystems, fisheries management, and community science. In the future, I want to support community-based research and advocacy efforts to restore damaged ecosystems and correct environmental injustices.