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Student Named To Golden Opportunity Scholar Institute

By Melissa Klein

SEPT. 14, 2007--University of Wisconsin-River Falls student Amy Robak, of Oak Park, Minn., has been selected to Golden Opportunity Scholar Institute provided through the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA). This program provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to attend the annual meeting of CSSA and work with a mentor on a scholarly project to present their findings.

A sophomore majoring in conservation with minors in soil science and agronomy, Robak said her interest in agronomy began when growing up on a dairy farm and watching her dad participate in conservation practices. In addition, she worked for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) beginning in her junior year of high school. These experiences helped her to gain the qualifications necessary to be chosen as a scholar, she said.  

"I have always had a passion for agriculture," said Robak. "The present data is not accurate for the farmers in central Minnesota because we have different soil type compared to where previous research was obtained. I want farmers to be able to use my research and apply it to their own farms."

Robak began her project during her senior year of high school with the help of her FFA advisor and the NRCS. She is researching a nutrient management program and working to find out the least amount of a nitrogen fertilizer to apply to a cornfield and receive the highest yield.

She plans to write a research paper based on her findings. Typically research for a paper like this takes five to six years of data collection, but the lack of rain in central Minnesota this summer has affected that, says Robak.

On campus, Robak is the president of the Society of Undergraduate Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities (SURSCA) and has presented her research at both the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research at the Posters in the Rotunda event at the Wisconsin Capitol. She is also involved in the UWRF Crops and Soils Club and with the UWRF Student Support Services program. Back at home, she serves on the Minnesota State Officer team as the Region IV president.

Future plans for Robak include attending graduate school to obtain a master's degree in soil science and continuingn to work for the NRCS.


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