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UT Martin students named Golden Opportunity Scholars

09-23-2016


Contact 1: Erin Chesnut




MARTIN, Tenn. – Hailey Holcomb and Nicholas Hurdle, both seniors at the University of Tennessee at Martin, received 2016 Golden Opportunity Scholar awards from the American Society of Agronomy, the Crop Science Society of America and the Soil Science Society of America.

Holcomb, of Ripley, is working toward a bachelor’s degree in agriculture with a concentration in plant and soil science. In addition to serving as a plant science teaching assistant, Holcomb has also taken advantage of opportunities to participate in soybean research at UT Martin and work on plot research projects each summer at the West Tennessee Research and Education Center in Jackson.

She received the UT Martin Outstanding Plant Science Student Award in 2016 and was inducted into Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. She is also an active member of the UT Martin Agronomy Club and the Sigma Alpha agricultural sorority.

Hurdle, of Collierville, is working toward a bachelor’s degree in agriculture with a concentration in crop and soil science. Hurdle has held research internship positions with companies such as DuPont Pioneer and Bunge North America, and plans to attend Mississippi State University to pursue a master’s degree in weed science. He is active in the UT Martin Agronomy Club as the 2016-17 club president and participates in the university’s fellows research program.

The Golden Opportunity Scholars program matches undergraduate students with society professionals with the goal of strengthening the agronomy, crops, soils and environmental science professions by encouraging students to enroll in related programs. Award winners also receive financial support for travel, lodging, registration and other costs related to attending international annual meetings. The award is funded through the Agronomic Science Foundation and will be officially presented during the societies’ annual meeting in November.

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PHOTO ID: (l-r) Hailey Holcomb and Nicholas Hurdle are both seniors at the University of Tennessee at Martin

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