Brian Schulker

Spring 2020 (MS)


Degree: Master of Science

Thesis Title: Substrate Conditioning Influences Water Capture Efficiency of Common Greenhouse Substrate Components

How are you planning to use your degree?

After my masters degree, I will be continuing on to pursue my PhD in Horticulture here at NC State.

List clubs and activities while in school.

While at NC State, I was involved in the tennis club and competed in a few tournaments at UNC and Elon. In the horticulture department, I was involved in the horticultural science graduate student association as a member, Pi Alpha Xi as a member and served as president for 2019-2020, a TA for two sections of Plant Identification, and a student mentor for the horticultural science competition team.

Whom do you want to thank?

I really want to thank my advisers, Dr Brian Jackson and Dr. William Fonteno for pouring into me throughout my time here at NC State. They have shaped me into the scientist that I am today, and had enough confidence in my abilities to take me on as their graduate student. The faculty in the horticulture department also deserve a lot of credit. We are an incredible department that ultimately is there to help, and the amount of off-the-wall questions I had and was able to talk to experts in that area really helped me succeed as a masters student. I can only hope for the same as I move into my PhD in the department.

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

The variety of experts we have here at NC State, I think, sets us apart from everyone else. The freedom to ask questions with people who are willing to help, and the camaraderie between faculty and students was incredible.



Owen Washam:
Congrats Brian! Thank you for being a great role model and PAX president. I enjoyed your seminar – it was a great example of what I hope to be as a grad student researcher. Best wishes on your future endeavors.

Lis Meyer (Hort Teaching Faculty):
Congrats Brian! It was an atypical year for PAX for sure, so thank you for all your hard work and always rising to the challenge. Glad you’re going to be sticking around Kilgore for a while longer!

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Brian Schulker