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Hike + Lunch = Fun!

Hi Everyone!
Hope y’all are excited for Presidents Day Weekend! If you’re staying in town and looking for a fun Saturday (2/16) day trip join us for morning hiking and lunch in Winters!
We will leave Davis at 9:00 AM for hiking at Stebbins Cold Canyon Trail! It’s a 4 mile round trip that should take us around 3 – 4 hours. After the hike we will get lunch at Berryessa Brewing Co! There is currently a low chance of showers, but we will keep you updated on the weather forecast.
If you are interested in only coming for lunch please indicate that on the signup sheet and we hopefully we can match you to a car.
Please bring hiking shoes, warm clothes, rain jacket, snacks, water, and your wallet for the trip! Please fill out the Signup Sheet and we look forward to having a fun-filled Saturday!
Sincerely,Social Team
Emily P. Johnson

New elected officers of 2018!!

The positions of President, Treasurer, Social Chair and webmaster have all been filled.  Position descriptions can be found here.

President – Paul Kasemsap

Treasurer – Steven Haring

Social Chair – Co-Chair of Emily Johnson, Marshall Pierce, and Taylor Nelsen

Webmaster – Laila Fayyaz

For the amazing contribution to the group, We would like to thank all the members of the officers team 2017/2018: Amanjot (treasurer), Mitchell (journal club), Laila (webmaster), Taylor (social), as well as Jen (our mentorship program coordinator), and GSA reps/alternates (Meerae, Steven, Michael, Jirachaya, Mengyuan, Juliya, Mitchell). Shout-out to all our past officers, as well as Astrid (our grad group chair), and our amazing Lisa (our grad group coordinator) for their great support!

Congratulation to all the new officers of 2018!!

Horticulture and Agronomy new officer candidates

Hello, Horticulture and Agronomy fellows,

Here is the list of your new officer candidates! These are all the   candidates that agreed to be nominated.

Please go cast your vote at (sign-in with UCD email)!

President: Paul Kasemsap

Treasurer: Steven Haring

Social chair: Co-chair of Emily Johnson, Marshall Pierce, and Taylor Nelsen

Journal club coordinator: Still open

Webmaster: Still open

The voting will be closed one week from today on 8/26 Sunday night. For the positions which are not filled. Please contact any of the     current officers.

Camping Trip!

Hello, Hort and Ag grad students!

The Horticulture and Agronomy Grad Group’s social team is working to put together a camping trip for the new students (as well as any returning students) to get to know each other before the start of the academic year.

If you are interested, please fill out our short survey to help us plan.

If you have any questions feel free to reach out to Taylor Nelsen ( or Paul Kasemsap ( ).

Thank you and looking forward to a great year!

Join the officer team of Horticulture & Agronomy 2018/2019!

What an exciting time to bring out the best in you to help shape the future of our graduate group and make the most of your grad student life at UCD! Make a nomination(s) at
The Call for Officer Nominations for 2018/2019 is now open and we are seeking candidates for the open positions of President, Treasurer, Journal Club Coordinator, Social Coordinator, and Webmaster. We’re also recruiting representatives to Graduate Student Association. Position descriptions can be found on the club website here.
Both self-nominations and nominating others are welcome at All positions will officially start at the beginning of 2018/2019 academic year.

GGHA Social Spring Quarter Events!!!!

With spring quarter just around the corner, we have been planning a few events to get people together! Each event has its own google doc linked to the event title with details and a sign-up sheet. Events right now are as follows:

There are more events in the making including a screening of “Farmers for America” in partnership with the Student Farm. Also, if anyone else wants to host an event feel free to email me and we can help set it up!

REGISTRATION OPEN: UC Davis Plant Science Symposium


Registration for the 7th University of California, Davis Plant Science Symposium (UCDPSS) is now open!

This symposium is part of the larger Pioneer Plant Science Symposia Series, which was started in 2008 as student run symposia at universities around the world. UC Davis has been involved since 2012, and this is our 7th year running. In those 7 years we have seen steady growth, attracting over 400 registrants last year. This year’s event is being held at the UC Davis Conference Center on April 16th.

This year‘s featured speakers include Dr. Lucia Gutierrez, Dr. Noah Whiteman, Dr. Elizabeth Kellogg, Dr. Amit Sethi, Dr. Dan Chitwood, Dr. Patrick Edger, and Dr. Stacey Harmer!

You can register for this free event HERE!

The UCDPSS organizing committee is also offering four travel scholarships for up to $500 each to graduate students or post-docs to attend our symposium .Successful applicants will be selected competitively based on their abstract submission and should be prepared to deliver a 5-minute flash talk focused on their submitted abstract on the day of the symposium. The scholarships will be used to cover travel to and from the symposium and accommodations during your stay.

Abstracts for posters and flash talks can be submitted HERE. The application closes March 10, 2018.

For more information, see the official webpage:

Please email Mitchell Feldmann ( or Scott Newell ( with any questions.

The UCDPSS Organizing Committee