Graduate Assistantship

Graduate Assistantship Program At University of Florida

With Florida producing approximately 80% of the foliage grown in the United States and the University of Florida doing a very large portion of the nation’s research, it was a perfect match for the development of a graduate assistantship program.  In 2010, NHF’s graduate assistantship program generated the level of funding needed for its first graduate-student project.  NHF Board of Directors serves as an advisory committee and provides direction and supervision to each graduate student and faculty member involved.  

Current Graduate Student

Shea Keene is a Ph.D. student in the Environmental Horticulture Department at the University of Florida. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of South Florida. Originally planning on entering medical school, Shea followed a pre-medical track throughout her undergraduate career. During her final semester, however, she realized she was not happy in the medical field. She decided to scrap her medical school applications and instead applied for several horticultural internships, as she found a love for plants and gardening in preceding years.



By Christine Johns Penman
Chair: Charles Guy
Major: Horticultural Sciences

Conducted by Deidra L. Slough
Faculty Advisors are Dr. Tracy Irani and Dr. David G. Clark, University of Florida