CABNR spring 2020 celebration

Celebrating the Class of 2020

of the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources

You earned your degree.

You've shown keen focus, curiousity and determination. You overcame every hurdle. You thrived in lectures, libraries and labs. You took classes that pushed you to develop the critical-thinking and problem-solving skills that are the hallmark of your profession. You earned your degree. Now you are ready to begin a rewarding career and make a world of difference.

Plans are in the works for your commencement, but we couldn't wait to share your achievements with the world.

Meet the Class of 2020

By the numbers

162
B.S. DEGREES

31
 B.S. / M.S. DEGREES

5
 PH.D. DEGREES

1
 MAGNA CUM LAUDE

2
 SUMMA CUM LAUDE

4
 IN CURSU HONORUM

10
 SUMMA CUM LAUDE

22
COLLEGE OUTSTANDING SCHOLARS

1
UNIVERSITY SENIOR SCHOLAR

1
BOARD OF REGENTS SCHOLAR

Stories from the Class of 2020

Thank you to all of my family that has supported me on my college journey. As a first generation student, this accomplishment means so much to me. Thank you to my mom who has always told me I could do anything I put my mind to! This degree is for you! Thank you dad for always supporting my dreams. I am so proud to share this milestone with my sister. !Sí se puede!

-Samantha Sinclair Leftwich

Every graduate has a unique story.

We are proud of all of our graduates. You each have a unique story. Join us in celebrating you.

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May 14th, 2020, will be the day that brings about changes for my family and I. This is the date in which I will not only graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Science, Molecular Microbiology and Immunology minor, but I will also surpass the boundaries that have entrapped my family for generations.

-Dorie K. Leftwich

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We want to hear your story and experience.

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Edward's story

Edward Cruz

Edward Cruz is an undergraduate majoring in biochemistry & molecular biology. He's a plant biology student researcher in our College's Wallace Lab, and he has earned several prestigious awards, including one from the National Science Foundation, a summer research fellowship from the American Society of Plant Biologists and, most recently, a Goldwater Scholarship.

When Edward was a child, he would visit his grandpa in José María Pino Suárez, Mexico, a small rural town that relies on producing agriculture. His grandpa would plant and sell seedlings.

"I was very curious about the seedlings my grandpa grew," he said. "I was very curious about how plants grew, and I would admire the flowers as the seasons progressed."

Edward’s professional aspirations are to earn a Ph.D. in plant biochemistry and pursue a career as an academic researcher. He will work to improve agriculture.

"Edward is a phenomenal young scientist," Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Assistant Professor Ian Wallace said. "I am confident that Edward will make significant and long-standing impacts in science."

Maggie's story

Maggie Vargas Estrada

Margarita "Maggie" Vargas Estrada is an undergraduate majoring in environmental science. She's bilingual, a member of the National Speech & Debate Association's National Forensic League, and Adobe and Association for Career and Technical Education certified.

She's also a pet food mercury and genetics project student researcher in the College's Gustin Lab. In the lab, Maggie processes samples for total mercury analysis and helps to process data.

"I love all animals so I can't quite choose a favorite," Maggie said. "But, I always get excited when I see a dog because they all come in adorable shapes and sizes."

Since Maggie loves animals, working to research the safety and quality of pet foods while earning her undergraduate degree was a good fit for her.

"I am interested in working on this project because I was unaware of the presence of mercury in pet food," Maggie said. "I am also interested in learning about the ingredients in pet food and if they are actually what they say they are."

About our College

The College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources is a founding college of our land-grant University. We have a long and distinguished record of fulfilling the land-grant mission to provide teaching, research and outreach programs that grow the health and economic vitality of Nevada.

Life-improving research Our College's top-notch research opportunities for students & faculty in agriculture, the environment, natural resources and nutrition address the region's most important issues. Our discoveries meet the world's needs, now and for a brighter future.
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Lifelong learning We foster impactful educational programs with communities across the state. Our Extension programs, such as 4-H, solve problems and address critical issues to improve the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of Nevadans.
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Undergraduate student learning Our four academic departments offer rich learning experiences and unmatched opportunities to participate in life-improving research. This builds broad foundations, grows deep expertise and impacts entire fields of knowledge.
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Graduate student learning Our unparalleled opportunities to participate in, lead, present and publish life-improving research enriches students' curiosity, creativity and knowledge while disrupting entire fields of knowledge. This helps students reach goals and launch careers.
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Our programs work together to make an impact

Our teaching, research and engagement programs are intertwined and complement one another. Faculty who teach on campus also conduct research as part of the Experiment Station, allowing students to learn about and participate in research. Extension faculty engaging with communities identify research needs, as well as join Experiment Station faculty to conduct research. Faculty on campus help to develop Extension programs in communities.

Researching critical issues Our Experiment Station faculty conduct research at experiment stations, labs and research facilities across the state, as well as teach classes and share and conduct research with students. The state-federal partnersip tackles issues affecting Nevada's citizens, communities and economy.
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Teaching University students We offer 17 undergraduate and graduate degrees to prepare students for high-paying, in-demand careers in agriculture, rangeland & veterinary sciences; biochemistry & molecular biology; natural resources & environmental science; and nutrition.
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Engaging Nevada communities Our Extension is engaged in Nevada communities, presenting research-based knowledge to address critical community needs. The county-state-federal partnership provides practical education to people, businesses and communities, fulfilling the University's land-grant mission.
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Want to help grow Nevada?

Consider making a contribution in support of classroom, lab or office space; graduate assistantships; student scholarships; or upgrades to Nevada 4-H Camp. To learn more, please contact Mitch Klaich '02, director of development, at 775-682-6490.