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Two in horticulture merit national awards

Two in horticulture merit national awards

Mahnaz Kargar, a Department of Horticulture doctoral candidate working under the direction of professor Floyd Woods, won a second-place U.P. Hedrick Award during competition held as part of the American Pomological Society’s 2018 annual meeting in Washington, D.C., recently. Kargar, Woods and other co-authors were presented the honor for their manuscript “Screening underutilized banana for carotenoid content.”

The society established the U.P. Hedrick Award in 1982 to encourage promising students to specialize in the field of pomology. In addition to receiving a cash award, Kargar will see her manuscript published free of charge in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Pomological Society.

More recently in the horticulture department, Kerry Smith, Alabama Master Gardener state program coordinator, received the Distinguished Achievement Award for the Consumer Horticulture and Master Gardener Professional Interest Group of the American Society for Horticultural Science.

She was recognized for her willingness to go above and beyond and for her work to develop the agents she supervises and her drive to improve the Alabama Master Gardener Program.

Margaret Smith