Graduate Training

Graduate Training at the Oregon State University Hermiston Agriculture Research and Extension Center (HAREC): A Novel, Experiential Program

This graduate training program is part of the effort by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture to train Master’s and doctoral students in areas where there is a national need for the development of scientific and professional expertise in the food and agricultural sciences.

Profile of the program

The need for healthy and sustainable food is a tremendous challenge facing agriculturalists and natural resource managers.  Along with the growing human population, increased levels of pollutants, decreased freshwater resources, invasive pests, emerging crop diseases, and climate change are all factors influencing society’s ability to meet food resource demands. To address these emerging issues, the faculty at HAREC have developed an integrative, experiential graduate training program that involves graduate students in multiple disciplines, local stakeholder, and OSU faculty that meets the needs of producers and natural resource managers.

OSU is a leader in cutting-edge research, extension, and education and an extremely high-quality institution for graduate education in the sciences, enhancing the diversity of the student population according to the universities strategic plan.

Academic advising, research training, professional counseling, mentoring

Our philosophy at the OSU and HAREC is to develop leaders in research, extension and outreach with a broad vision that integrates concepts in sustainable agriculture and natural resources.

In line with developing a comprehensive vision with the multi-disciplinary nature of the faculty at the HAREC, our students will pursue research projects in diverse fields such as:

Terrestrial Ecology

Crop Entomology

Microbiology/Plant Nutrition

Plant Biology/Biochemistry

Crop Improvement

Soil Science/Nitrogen Cycling

Plant Pathology

Aquatic Bio-assessment/Water Quality

Rural and Environmental Economics

Academic Advising, research training, professional counseling, mentoring, pipelining

Advising will involve regular meetings with students, individually and/or group, assisting each student in developing a course curriculum that meets all of the university and departmental requirements. Meetings will provide a means to monitor the progress of all of the students in their core proficiencies.

Faculty Involved

Sandy DeBano

Kenneth Frost

Aymeric Goyer

Philip B. Hamm

Silvia I. Rondon

Vidyasagar Sathuvalli

David Wooster

Ruijun (Ray) Qin

Scott Lukas

Current Graduate Students

Lauren Smith

Professional Mentoring Committee

Greg Harris, Threemile Canyon, LLC; Josh Adkins (Syngenta); Steve Potts (Lamb Weston); Tom Drader (ConAgra); Matthew Blua (Washington State Potato Commission); Greg Silbernagel (Oregon Water Resources); Cheryl Shippentower (The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation); Tom Demianew (Oregon Department of Agriculture)

Activities: hands-on research, extension, teaching and other activities

Our training program will enhance the intellectual capital of students by training them in a multidisciplinary fashion and by working closely with stakeholders outside of the academic community. 

Students will graduate with a broad perspective of research, extension and outreach, an appreciation of the importance of local and regional stakeholder input into the development of research and extension programs.


Scientific meetings 

Entomological Society of America

Potato Association of America

Ecological Society of America

American Phytopathological Society

Crop and Soil Science Society

Extension Meetings

Field Days

Farm Fair



Grant Information

For more information, contact Dave Wooster and/or Aymeric Goyer.