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Research from the Ground Up

Cynthia Jordan Profile

Like many 21-year-olds Cynthia Jordan is nearing a major milestone in her life with the completion of an undergraduate degree, but few have as many hours in research as Jordan.

“[Cynthia] is one of the most impressive underclassmen I’ve ever seen based on some of the research projects she has participated in,” Dr. Glen Ritchie, chair and associate professor of the Department of Plant and Soil Science at Texas Tech University, said.

Despite only being a underclassman, Jordan said she has participated in and published research in soil topics such as rapid quantification of lignite sulfate, and has worked with consulting firms to help apply the technology she’s researched in a commercial practice.

Her work in soil sampling research and classification methods has made it easier for professionals to get information about specific soil, Jordan said. But its application is not limited to agriculture or crop production- Jordan was able to help a firm in Houston, Texas, take soil samples and learn why houses in their subdivision were flooding.

“I started research with Dr. Weindorf in March of 2018,” Jordan said, “and from there, I’ve had the opportunities to continue researching and do some consulting work.”

With graduation on the horizon for Jordan, she is already looking forward to graduate school. She is even already working on her Master’s project.

“I am working towards my master’s, and from there I will be going to do my Ph.D. work,” Jordan said. “After that, I would like to do more work in soil, as well as incorporating that into agricultural production of crops.”

Being able to publish research as an undergraduate student has given her a feel of  graduate school research and the tools to succeed as a life-long researcher, Jordan says, but there is more important things than the lab work.

“Most importantly, is the collaboration with other people. Within our lab, we definitely have a good team. We have some people from Romania, some from India, and some from Brazil, as well as people from the United States — so we’re able to use them to share all of this information and contribute to a project.”

Wine a Little, Learn a Lot

McKenna Keele Profile

When thinking of wine and college, the classroom isn’t necessarily the first place that comes to mind for many, but that’s not the case for members of the viticulture and enology (V&E) program at Texas Tech University, that’s right, they’re studying wine. An alumna of the program, McKenna Keele, says she was hooked after taking her first class: the Science of Wine.

Keele, from Snyder, Texas, knew she was coming to Texas Tech to pursue a degree and career in agriculture but was not sure what major would be best for her.

“My advisor was going through the plant and soil science concentration areas, and when she mentioned the V&E program,” Keele said, “I thought that it would be a really interesting subject to check into… and the rest was history.”

The viticulture and enology program offers undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees and professional certificates in principles and practices of commercial production of grapes and wine. Keele said the courses she took gave her the opportunity to learn from the ground up about the wine industry, and gave her the tools to succeed in her career.

“Every single class that I took within plant and soil science prepared me for my first job in the wine industry,” Keele said, “as the laboratory manager and on-site chemist for a custom crush facility in Brownfield, Texas.”

Wine, Vineyard, Grapes, Agriculture
Photo courtesy of McKenna Keele

Keele said she remembers classes like “Wine Production” and “Wine Quality Control and Analysis” as some of her favorite memories of the program where she not only made wine, but also life-long friends.

“Our wine may have tasted horrible, but I wouldn’t trade those days for the world!”

McKenna Keele

Keele said she is grateful for the unique opportunity offered by the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and the V&E program to be able to use the degree for her career in the wine industry.

“My education within CASNR and Texas Tech as a whole was incredible,” Keele said, “I had the absolute best professors who equipped me with the needed tools and scholarship opportunities to become successful.”

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