Amalie Lyday

Spring 2020 (MHS)


Degree: Master of Horticultural Science

Project Title: The Wild West in the East.  Hemp Sustainability Challenges and Opportunities in North Carolina

How are you planning to use your degree?

I have plans to work with a hemp processing startup near Wilmington, NC. My role will be in R&D and extraction chemistry.

List clubs and activities while in school.

  • Pi Alpha Xi- Officer VP of Perennial Plants

Whom do you want to thank?

I would like to thank my amazing advisor Anne Spafford. I’d like to thank my husband Paul, my parents and my sister for supporting me. I want to thank my cohort for being there for moral support. I’d like to thank Dr. G and Lis Myers for being great mentors and lending a listening ear. I want to thank Rachel for putting up with all of my craziness. I’d like to thank Issac for showing me how to use google docs and providing all the candy.

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

I think the best thing about Horticulture at NC State is the genuineness of the faculty and staff and their availability to the students. The family atmosphere, the down to earth professors, and the amount of time and energy they give to the students has been outstanding.


Advisor Comments (Anne Spafford):
Amalie is a force of nature to be reckoned with. She is intelligent, a creative problem-solver, and a superb people-person—she can get anyone engaged in a conversation. Just ask her Uber driver to whom she showed her entire presentation on controlled environments during a ride to downtown Raleigh one night. On top of that, she has a scathing sense of humor. In reflecting back on her work the past two years, I am amazed and so proud of what she’s accomplished: She has become an excellent designer, and design thinker; she has articulated the complexities of growing and processing hemp, she has been an excellent teaching assistant for two classes. She has formed close friendships with her fellow graduate students as well as undergraduates. I know my life has been improved from knowing her. I cannot wait to hear stories of all the other people she will positively impact. Congratulations, Amalie! I am so proud of you!



Dallas Bretzman:
Congrats Amalie – I wish we had more space to add photos since I have a few sassy ones of us in Mexico! Best of luck to you in your new job and when I get to Wilmington, we must have drinks! XOXO

Lucy Bradley (Hort Faculty)
Congratulations Amalie!
Thank you for your help with the Extension Gardener Plant Database, Wishing you all the best!

Lis Meyer (Hort Teaching Faculty)
Congrats Amalie! And happy belated birthday too. 🙂 Thanks so much for all your hard work with PAX. I’ll seeing your smiling face pop into my office for a chat and a laugh!

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