Xiaonan Shi

Spring 2020 (MS)


Degree: Master of Science

Thesis Title:  Impact of Stolon Removal Intervals and Nitrogen Source Ratios on Long-day Strawberry Propagation (Fragaria x ananassa cv. ‘Albion’) in Soil-less Greenhouse and Controlled Environment Systems

How are you planning to use your degree?

I will continue my research as a PhD student on horticultural science with the knowledge I gained from this degree.

List clubs and activities while in school.

  • Pi Alpha Xi,
  •  HSGSA

Whom do you want to thank?

I’d like to thank my mom, my advisors, my friends!

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

It makes me feel being in a big family. And the faculty and staff here is very approachable. The students here are friendly and supportive.

Advisor Comments (Mark Hoffmann):

As top-level graduate from China Agriculture University in Bejing, Xioanan Shi arrived in August 2018 at NC State to pursue a MS degree in Horticulture in our program. Growing up at her grandparents’ farm in the province of Shangdong, China, she knew very early on that horticulture was the field she wanted to study. She has shown an exemplary work attitude, incredible discipline, and extraordinary communication skills. I got to know Xiaonan as an intelligent and highly devoted individual, with a high-level compassion and empathy, a clear passion for horticulture and agriculture, and highly developed critical thinking capacities. She has enjoyed interacting with farmers across the state, has grown as the social cornerstone in our group and has set the standard for every Master Student to follow.

I am very proud to be part of her path, and I am sure she will be an extraordinary PhD Student in Dr. Hernandez’ group.


Owen Washam
Congratulations Xiaonan! It has been great working with you in Mark’s lab. You always brought a smile and joyful attitude to work and our meetings, it was contagious! Enjoy working on your Ph.D. with Ricardo, looking forward to reading your future work.

Lis Meyer (Hort Teaching Faculty)
Congrats Xiaonan! Thanks for all your work with PAX this year. It’s always good to see your smiling face in Kilgore. 🙂

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