Melissa McDonald - 2011 Golden Opportunity Scholar

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Undergraduate Work

Melissa McDonald is a senior in the Agronomy Department at Purdue University.  She is majoring in plant breeding and plant genetics with plans to also gain an associate’s degree in agriculture economics.  Melissa will graduate in December 2011.  Melissa is active on her campus as a College of Agriculture Ambassador, Department of Agronomy Ambassador, and a number of programs and organizations.   

Research Interests

Her study focuses on an exciting novel resistance to Hessian fly in wheat.

Future Plans

Her goal is to work in the field of agronomy where she will have opportunities to interact with producers, possibly as a plant breeder for a seed company or as a faculty member at a university.  She plans to attend graduate school at Purdue where she will maintain her focus in plant breeding and genetics.