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Internship Projects: Summer 2017

Internship Projects: Summer 2017

Our lab is dedicated to helping college students learn about sunflower research and provide them relevant experience for their future careers. Each year we work with incoming interns to create projects for them to lead. The goal of the project is to help give interns relevant experience they can show prospective employers after they graduate. This year we have had another great group of interns and we had each one write a paragraph about their project. See below to find…

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Intern Highlight: Jonathan Tetlie

Intern Highlight: Jonathan Tetlie

My name is Jonathan Tetlie and I am currently pursuing a masters degree in entomology with a focus on pollinators.  The project that I worked on during the summer of 2016 focused on sunflower anatomy and how certain physical traits could influence access for pollinators, thus increasing pollination efficacy and lowing rates of selfing.  This project focused specifically on sunflower floret length under the premise that longer florets would hinder pollination particularly from smaller bees with shorter proboscises.  In order…

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Intern Highlight: Jordan Nelson

Intern Highlight: Jordan Nelson

I’m Jordan Nelson, a Senior at North Dakota State University majoring in Agriculture Economics and minoring in Crop and Weed Science. I have been interning in the Hulke Lab for about one year now and it has honestly been fantastic. I was somewhat intimidated right away when I accepted the position of biological research aid, but the entire lab was welcoming and quickly made me feel comfortable. Being able to work both outside and inside was a very unique characteristic…

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Intern Highlight: Keegan Jones

Intern Highlight: Keegan Jones

I’m Keegan Jones, a junior at North Dakota State University, and my major is Mechanical Engineering. I never thought that I would end up in an agricultural research position, and the story of becoming a biological sciences aid is too bizarre to tell here, but what I will say is that I really enjoyed working as an intern for the Hulke Lab! In my time at the Hulke lab, I have participated in every step of their research process, and…

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Intern Highlight: Greta Rockstad

Intern Highlight: Greta Rockstad

This week we are going to highlight our interns from last summer. We had each one write a paragraph about there experience in our lab. First up is Greta Rockstad: Hi! My name is Greta Rockstad, and I am currently a sophomore at the University of Minnesota studying genetics. I interned in the Hulke lab last summer, and I am very grateful I had the opportunity to do so. I got a chance to expand my interests in plant breeding…

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2016 Update – Our Interns and Sunflower are Maturing!

2016 Update – Our Interns and Sunflower are Maturing!

As we transitioning to harvest season, lets take a look back at our projects and accomplishments from the summer. We had field locations in: Courtland, MN; Glyndon, MN; Galchutt, ND; Mandan, ND; and Oakes, ND. The field locations made up about 25 acres that we completed our research on. Some of the highlights from our summer were: Testing out our new seed indexer for planting Laying out 9 miles of drip tape in 1 day Field tours and visiting scientist Seeing…

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