Rose V. Vagedes
Sustainable Plant Systems
Department of Horticulture and Crop Science
2020 Distinguished Senior Award Celebration Program (.pdf)
Early in Rose Vagedes’ career at The Ohio State University, she was selected as one of 10 American Society of Agronomy Greenfield Scholars, an impactful opportunity that allowed her a chance to network with industry leaders, scholars, and government officials. She was able to attend multiple conferences, including the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America International Annual Meeting, as well as the Indiana Certified Crop Adviser Program. She recalls that her selection as a Greenfield Scholar “was an extremely valuable learning experience, as well as my greatest feeling of accomplishment.”
Rose was also able to work with the Metro Early College Middle School where she led an after-school agriculture club. She found this to be an enjoyable experience, sharing that “the continued enthusiasm expressed by the students is extremely rewarding, knowing that the long hours spent planning lessons, organizing field trips, and gathering supplies are worth the passion these students are developing for agriculture.”
While at The Ohio State University, Rose has completed three internships amidst her academic work: the university’s Agricultural Crop Research Experience in Ohio counties; agronomy sales for Helena Agri- Enterprises in Dillsboro, Indiana; and crop protection intern in Ohio and Michigan for Corteva Agriscience of Troy, Ohio. She chose these experiences specifically for their diversity across agriculture and was responsible for many account management and research duties, from client sales to collecting soil samples. Aside from her internships, she is employed as a research assistant to Dr. Alex Lindsey. In that role, Rose has gained invaluable, hands-on experience in conducting and maintaining experiments – skills she brought to her own undergraduate research.
Rose completed an undergraduate research project and not only presented her research at the 2019 American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America International Annual Meeting, but also worked with the Departments of Horticulture and Crop Science and Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering to develop materials for a new course offered through her department, which was only made possible by the research she conducted.
Contributing to her community is important to Rose. She has volunteered her time in leadership positions with Ohio State’s Crops and Soils Club and Agricultural Education Society. She has also been a vital representative of the university as a whole by serving as a host for the Experience OSU for a Day program and as a member of the OSU Women’s Ultimate Frisbee team.
Rose received the following honors during her undergraduate career: American FFA Degree Recipient | American Society of Agronomy Greenfield Scholar | Dean’s List | Wilhelm and Eleanor Beckert Scholarship.
Following graduation, Rose will be pursuing a Master of Science in Weed Science degree at Purdue University, with Dr. Bryan Young.
During her time at Ohio State, Rose worked with Dr. Alex Lindsey, who she has identified as her mentor. She first met him through the courses he taught and soon found a position as his research assistant. Rose credits him with encouraging her curiosity and influencing her decision to pursue graduate research.