Graduate Student Association

The University of Tennessee Plant Science Graduate Student Association is a network of those completing a master’s or doctorate’s degree under the guidance of the Department of Plant Sciences or an affiliated program.

The purpose of the organization is to provide support as students create innovative research projects and balance their personal life and career goals.



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Sarah Graham Profile Page
Sarah Graham
Graduate Research Assistant, MS Student, Plant Sciences

Vice President

Logan Neale Smith Profile Page
Logan Neale Smith
Graduate Research Assistant, Phd Student, Plant Sciences


Felipe Fonseca Nassar Profile Page
Felipe Fonseca Nassar
Graduate Research Assistant, MS Student, Plant Sciences


Sally Reed Profile Page
Sally Reed
Graduate Research Assistant, Ms Student, Plant Sciences

Social Chair

Roger Furlan Profile Page
Roger Furlan
Graduate Research Assistant, MS Student, Plant Sciences

Graduate Student Senator

James T Ward Profile Page
James T Ward
Research Technician II, Plant Sciences
The officers and Tracy Hawk's dog pose with their masks on at a local rooftop bar

Members meet regularly for social events.

Professor John Sorochan guides the GSA on a tour of Neyland Stadium

Faculty networking gives students interesting opportunities.

Devon Carroll weeds the GSA's Adopt-A-Spot in UT Gardens

The UT Gardens Adopt-A-Spot is the GSA’s patron service project.

Member Dallas Taylor lays counting turf tillers to inform a research study

The GSA welcomes diverse membership.

Students from Brazil work at the West Tennessee Research and Education Center dividing plant samples

Students connect in Knoxville, throughout the state and country, and internationally.

A student with a mask on examine a Petri dish in a lab

In the field or laboratory, a range of research is represented.

GSA members are leaders in crop production, horticulture, landscape architecture, plant breeding and genetics, weed science, and environmental issues.