Kelley Goode (IPBGG doctoral student) Receives NSF’s Graduate Research Fellowship Award
Goode studies root-knot nematodes, microscopic roundworms that parasitize plants, which can cause massive yield loss and damage to almost every plant in the world. She looks at the interaction between root-knot nematodes and soybeans to understand how some plants can be resistant to these dangerous pathogens.
She studied genetics at North Carolina State University as an undergraduate where she conducted research in the Christmas tree genetics program. She hopes to continue in academia in teaching or in extension programs.
The GRFP award will grant her access to enhanced technologies that can provide better results to help soybean growers in the southern US. She has also expanded her work to assist in a survey of Georgia soybean growers to better understand their specific concerns relating to these nematodes.
The University of Georgia has nine new Graduate Research Fellows this fall. The students received the prestigious awards from the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program, (GRFP), which recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines (STEM)who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees.