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Adrienne Blakey recieves Niblack Scholarship

Oklahoma State University has named 14 students as 2018-19 Niblack Research Scholars, each receiving $8,000 scholarships and the opportunity to conduct research guided by faculty sponsors and graduate student mentors.

The annual program is funded by OSU alumnus Dr. John Niblack and his wife, Heidi Niblack. As an undergraduate at OSU, Niblack said his research experience impacted the direction of his life. Niblack graduated from OSU in 1960 and, after graduate studies, conducted research and managed the development of many well-known pharmaceuticals for Pfizer Inc., the $34 billion global company. He was eventually named Pfizer vice chairman and, following retirement, founded the Niblack Research Scholarship to offer OSU undergraduates the same research opportunity he had. ....more

2018 Outstanding Senior Student

Grace Ogden

Grace Ogden is the daughter of John and Karen Flusche. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Jace Ogden, and she is a Muskogee, Oklahoma native. Two years have passed since she joined the department and it has flown by in the blink of an eye.  Grace has been involved in undergraduate research in the weed science lab with Dr. Misha Manuchehri, since the fall of 2016. During that time, she has entered and placed at university, state, and national poster contests and one video contest.  Grace served as a national officer for Students of Agronomy, Soil, and Environmental Sciences and as the president of the OSU Agronomy Club. She is a Niblack Research Scholar, SASES Golden Opportunity Scholar, OSU Senior of Significance, and CASNR Dean’s Excellence Award recipient. She has completed over 400 community service hours in her college career and earned OSU’s Creating Opportunities for Responsible Development (CORD) award. Grace contributes her success to a supportive family, encouraging faculty mentors, and faithful friends who helped her every step of the way. In five weeks, Grace will move to Lubbock, TX and start a master’s program at Texas Tech University in weed science. She plans to earn her Ph.D. as well. Her thirty-year career plan is to own and operate a private research facility for agronomic crops and soils.


2018 Outstanding M.S. Student

Jodie Crose

Jodie Crose is a Master’s student studying weed science under Dr. Misha Manuchehri. She is from northeast Oklahoma where she grew up on a 400 acre ranch and pecan operation. Her parents are Bill and Peggy Crose. She has one brother, Billy Crose who has blessed her with two precious nieces to tease. Jodie received her undergraduate degrees at Oklahoma State University both in Plant and Soil Sciences and in Botany. She plans to finish her Master’s degree in December and move onto a PhD position. Jodie has become an avid hunter and angler and frequently spends her free time pursuing these passions. She would like to thank her parents for their continuous support and selflessness, her boyfriend Cody Crisswell for all his advice and never-ending patience, and of course, her dogs Teddy and Charlie, for truly fulfilling their role as “man’s best friend”. Last but not least, she would like to thank her advisor Dr. Manuchehri for being brave enough to take her on as a student and God for keeping her on the right path and guiding her through all of life’s adventures.



2018 Outstanding PhD student

Lei Lei

Lei Lei was born in Harbin, which is a city in the northeastern China. After witnessing the extensive rice fields, she became interested in Biotechnology, and earned a B.S. degree in Biotechnology from Heilongjiang University (China). Lei moved to Oklahoma State University for her M.S. degree and continued for her Ph.D. degree in Dr. Liuling Yan’s Wheat Molecular Genetics Laboratory. During her graduate studies, Lei focused on QTL mapping, map-based gene cloning, and functional characterization of genes at transcriptional and post-translational levels. She has studied several genes related to agronomically important traits, including seed germination, flowering time, and nitrogen use efficiency. She has published four research articles in the top journals in plant science, including ‘Theoretical and Applied Genetics’ and ‘Plant Biotechnology Journal’. With the ability to think critically, and with the knowledge in molecular genetics and biotechnology, and research expertise and skills Lei has gained at Oklahoma State University, Lei intends to continue working as a young scientist in plant science after graduation.





2018 Plant and Soil Sciences Research Symposium

Oral Presentations

1st Place: Ryan Bryant-Schlobohm

Advancing production of bermudagrass seed and forage in the southern great plains

Advancing production of Bermudagrass seed and forage in the southern great plains

2nd Place: Jodie Crose

Horseweed management in Oklahoma winter wheat

Graduate Student Poster - Crop Science Division

1st Place: Forrest C.C. Kan

Positional cloning of a major hessian fly resistance gene in winter wheat

2nd Place: Jagman Dhillon

World potassium use efficiency in cereal crops

Graduate Student Poster – Soil Science Division

(Tied for First place Bruno Figueiredo and Briana Wyatt)
1st Place: Bruno Figueiredo

Applied use of climatological data to refine optimum times for nitrogen stress sensing

1st Place: Briana Wyatt

Developing seasonal streamflow forecasts to inform surface water management in Oklahoma

2nd Place: Elizabeth Eickhoff

The effect of applying nitrogen with sorghum seed on emergence and final grain yield

Undergraduate Student poster

1st Place: Sarah Kezar

Utilization of plant growth regulators to manage winter wheat canola growth and development


2nd Place: Levi Scott

Observing the effects of simulated hail in grain sorghum