Saturday, June 20, 2015

FAMU agribusiness student places second in national research competition

Kendall Strickland, a senior agribusiness major at FAMU recently placed second on a research project presented at the 30th Annual Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS) Career Fair and Training Conference held in Houston.

Strickland received national recognition in the poster category of the competition for a project titled “The Economic Value of Palm Trees in Hotel Landscaping.”

The primary focus of the research is to determine the value of palm trees at hotels in areas such as Aruba. Since visitors travel to places like Aruba for its tropical environment, Strickland’s study addresses whether a low amount of palm trees could ultimately mean fewer visitors for hotels.

Inspired by his service as president of the FAMU student chapter of MANRRS, Strickland said receiving the award was rewarding for him. He also received recognition for the project during a recent College of Agriculture and Food Sciences (CAFS) Research Forum at FAMU that featured national leaders in agriculture.

“It’s really an honor,” said Strickland. “It’s given me more confidence in my work as an agribusiness student. I was able to work hard on my research because my heart is in agriculture.”

In addition to his role as a student leader, Strickland is also a full scholarship recipient of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 1890 National Scholars Program. Strickland will complete a two and a half year employment stint at the Department upon graduation.

Commenting on Strickland’s accomplishments, FAMU President Elmira Mangum said, “Kendall’s recognition helps to amplify the quality of our students at FAMU and the type of groundbreaking research that is happening every day at the University.”

CAFS Dean Robert Taylor echoed Mangum’s sentiments.

“Kendall is one of our best students. We are very proud of him,” he said.

MANRRS is a non-profit organization that promotes agricultural sciences and related fields among minorities.

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