Discovery Journal 2021 Highlights Undergraduate Student Research

Matthew Brian Rainwater. Cover design by Gail Halleck

The cover of Discovery 2021 features Evan Buckner, a student at Bumpers College, an agronomy student, who has studied plant pathology in soybeans. Evan and Dr. Rojas, his mentor professor, discuss their research relationship in this issue.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – University of Arkansas science students saw their work featured in the 2021 edition of Discovery, the undergraduate research journal of the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences.

The students and their mentor professors produced 10 research and creation projects documented in this edition. The research was conducted under the mentorship of scientists from the Division of Agriculture System at the University of Arkansas and Fayetteville State University. Their work contributes to the knowledge base of the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station and the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, the research and outreach arms of the Agriculture Division.

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The projects featured in this issue cover a variety of topics representing various fields of study:

  • Fighting Fungal Diseases in Arkansas Soybeans
  • Create a culturally competent children’s library in a preschool setting
  • Willingness to pay for halal and branded poultry in northern Mozambique
  • Resilience in foster children
  • Analysis of the type of protein in commercial poultry diets and its effect on bird health
  • Peer influence on a farmer’s choice of irrigation practices
  • Phosphorus supplementation of beef cattle feed and its effect on calf growth and performance
  • Observation of tryptophan levels, mood and food intake in postmenopausal women taking a whey protein supplement for breakfast
  • Effect of the wheat-soybean double cropping system on soil properties
  • Develop the cultural competence of 4-H leaders

In a new column in this year’s edition, Assistant Professor and Faculty Mentor Alejandro Rojas and Evan Buckner, his mentee and the science student featured on the cover, explore the relationship between Faculty Mentor and Faculty Mentor. student.

Bumpers College Dean Deacue Fields described the benefits of Discovery and undergraduate research opportunities for students in his letter from the dean. “Based on specific interests and passions, they can go in all directions to make a difference and impact the lives of many people in the state, across the country and beyond,” a- he declared. “The research also offers a number of directions and options, depending on the questions you want to answer and the problems you want to solve.”

Beth Kegley, editor of the faculty of Discovery, said students and faculty need dedication and perseverance to complete projects through a tough year. “The students and faculty who publish these articles have also gone through the sudden shift to distance learning in the spring of 2020 and the lingering anxiety and blended learning disorders in the fall,” she said. .

“This post signifies untold hours of commitment on the part of the faculty.… Their time and dedication to the students is deeply appreciated,” said Kegley. “It is this, in conjunction with the willingness of each student to persevere and accomplish these projects, which gives us this publication and the opportunity to discover the results of this work.

To learn more about the Division of Agriculture’s research, visit the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station website: Follow us on Twitter at @ArkAgResearch and Instagram at @ArkAgResearch.

To learn more about extension programs in Arkansas, contact your local Cooperative Extension Service agent or visit Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @AR_Extension.

About the Agriculture Division: The mission of the University of Arkansas Agriculture Systems Division is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting reliable research with adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Agriculture Division conducts research and extension work within the historical education system of land grants in the country. The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities in the University of Arkansas system. It has offices in all 75 counties of Arkansas and faculty on five campuses in the system. The University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture System offers all of its extension and research programs and services regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information or any other status protected by law, and is an affirmative action / equal opportunity employer.

About the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences: Bumpers College provides life-changing opportunities to position and prepare graduates who will be leaders in businesses associated with food, family, environment, agriculture, sustainability and quality of life. human life; and who will be the prime candidates for employers looking for leaders, innovators, policy makers and entrepreneurs. The college is named after Dale Bumpers, a former governor of Arkansas and a longtime U.S. senator who made the state a major player in national and international agriculture. For more information on Bumpers College, visit our website, and follow us on Twitter at @ Bumpers College and Instagram at BumpersCollege.

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