Harshita Saxena

Name: Harshita Saxena

Hometown: India

Year in School: Graduate Student (Ph.D.)

Harshita Saxena

In her own words ...

Where are you from, and why did you choose to study at UGA/CAES?
I am from India, and I chose to study at the Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics, UGA CAES, for it's remarkable standing in the agriculture and plant breeding field in the USA. 

What is your major/degree program, and what department?
I am pursuing a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) at the Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics (IPBGG).

Why did you choose your major?
Modifying the economically important plants by identifying the major research problems can bring about massive changes in the agricultural sector, and with my fascination towards breeding and pathology, I look forward to be a part of that change. 

What is your favorite class you have taken?
Host-pathogen interactions.

Who has been your favorite instructor?
Dr. Brian Kvitko

What has been the best experience you've had so far at the college?
The best experience so far at CAES has been participating in the scientific conferences, which provides a platform for interacting with scientists from all across the country sharing their work and experiences in the field of plant sciences. I am looking forward to more such experiences, and chances for expanding my networks. 

What do you want to do with what you have learned here?
My journey in the field of plant sciences doesn't end here. In fact, getting a doctoral degree from UGA will open many doors of wonderful opportunities for me in the future, and this has started from now. Presently, I am working as a trainee at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines, for 6 months, as a part of UGA General Independent Experiences Abroad program. 

How has your experience at UGA changed you?
The experience at UGA has brought about several personal and professional changes in my personality. I am happy to see myself growing as a confident, curious and a hard-working researcher, meanwhile practicing the art of being calm and composed in every life situation. 

Thinking of the word agriculture - what does agriculture mean to you? In what ways does agriculture impact your life and your culture?
Agriculture is the future of this world. No food will lead to no sustenance, and as researchers, it is our duty to give our best in improving the productivity and ensuring food security for all. For me, agriculture begins from my home garden with a single plant. My love for plants and their world is immortal and all I want is for them to grow and glow better. 

What do you like to do outside of class — hobbies, interests, secret talents?
I like socialising with people, and I always like taking the initiative for orgnazing events and get-togethers. I like playing lawn tennis and ukulele.