Lena Wilson

  • Degree: Master of Science (Spring 2022)
  • Advisor: Dr. Hudson Ashrafi
  • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lena-wilson-2531a5141/

What was your degree(s) or focus?

Blueberry genetics and plant breeding

How are you planning to use your degree?

I hope to use my degree to become a cultivar developer.

Whom do you want to thank?

A big thank you to my family, especially my husband Cooper, for their unreserved support! Additionally, I would like to thank my friends, classmates, professors, and other mentors who gave me guidance along the way.

What is the best thing about studying horticulture at NC State?

The views from the 3rd floor of Kilgore!

Clubs and Activities

Plant Breeding Club
Spanish Club
Horticultural Science Graduate Student Association
Pi Alpha Xi

Do you have plans for after graduation? Are you currently working?

I plan to attend Cornell University to pursue a PhD in plant breeding starting in fall 2022.

Advisor Comments (Dr. Hudson Ashrafi)

Dear Lena, From the moment we met to the time you started your journey to grad school, I knew that you are brilliant with a mission to accomplish. The road got bumpy with covid-19 pandemic and isolations. Think about those late night study sessions and those days dreaming about your future. But with your perseverance and determination you finished it up strong. With techniques and knowledge that you acquired at NC State, I believe you will able to step into new frontiers in your professional life and grow to achieve your goals, either as a breeder in a company, being your own boss with have your own company or getting into academia. It is time to celebrate your accomplishments, think and do extraordinary things. Congratulations!