Horticulture & Crop Science Department
The Ohio State University
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B.Sc. - The Ohio State University, 1999
Area of emphasis: Horticulture
"I love performing research at the university because I learn something new everyday," says Jenny Pope
, a Research Associate for the Ohio State University Nursery Research Program. Pope works closely with a team of graduate students, faculty, staff and volunteers to insure the success of many research projects and to service the nursery industry. Her responsibilities include planning, design, execution and management of nursery research programs in the field, the greenhouse and the laboratory. "A typical day involves checking on plant specimens in trials, working with the graduate students harvesting plants and taking data, and going out on extension visits with my supervisor Hannah Mathers."
Pope enjoys being a part of a research team, "My supervisor, the graduate students and myself work as a team. The camaraderie, what we learn from each other, and the amount of work accomplished throughout the day, leaves me heading home each day feeling good about myself and my career."
Pope describes her undergraduate education as holistic, one that prepared her well for her career. "My advisor was wonderfully nurturing and steered me in the right direction academically - both the theory and the science behind horticulture. I worked in the greenhouse as a student and gained valuable hands-on experience! I also learned the technical aspects of horticulture on a large commercial scale through my internships."
Pope encourages students to do as many internship experiences as possible. "My internships had a tremendous impact on the life path I chose. The knowledge and theory that you garner in the classroom will help you in your career, but it cannot compare to the eye opening reality, of what awaits you in the real world and your potential career."