OSU graduate students presented research at the National Floriculture Forum

April 1, 2019

Kaylee South, Nathan Nordstedt, and Yiyun Lin presented their research at the National Floriculture Forum (NFF) in Chicago.  They are each PhD candidates in the D.C. Kiplinger Floriculture Crop Improvement Laboratory, led by Dr. Michelle Jones.  Lin shared about her experience at NFF in an article for the American Floral Endowment Bulletin Newsletter, March 2019 issue.


Nordstedt awarded at HCS Symposium

October 12, 2018

The 12th annual OSU Horticulture and Crop Science Graduate Research Symposium took place on Oct 11-12, 2018.  During the symposium, graduate students presented their research through Oral or Poster presentations.  Nathan Nordstedt, PhD student with Dr. Michelle Jones, was awarded second place for his research presentation.

OSU Floriculture Graduate Students take first and second place in the ASHS Floriculture Graduate Student Presentation Competition

August 3, 2018


Two Ph.D. students from the D.C. Kiplinger Floriculture Crop Improvement Program had the opportunity to present their research at the American Society for Horticultural Science’s annual conference in Washington D.C. in July.  Nathan Nordstedt won second place in the Floriculture Graduate Student Presentation Competition for his seminar entitled “Identification of Plant Growth-Promoting Rhizobacteria with the Ability to Alleviate Drought Stress in Floriculture Crops”.  Kaylee South won first place for her presentation “An in Vitro Study Identifies Possible Bacteria Candidates for Botrytis cinerea Biocontrol”.  Congratulations to Kaylee and Nathan.


Yiyun Lin awarded at Annual CFAES Research Conference

April 27, 2018


Yiyun Lin was awarded first place in the Ph.D. category for her poster presentation.  Lin presented research titled “Evaluating the Efficacy of Biostimulant Products in Greenhouse Floriculture Crop Production.”

PhD student, Nathan Nordstedt, wins scholarship from the American Floral Endowment

April 10, 2018


Horticulture and Crop Science PhD student, Nathan Nordstedt, was awarded this year’s Altman Family Scholarship from the American Floral Endowment. The Altman Family Scholarship awards two students an award of $5,000 for one year.

For the complete story please visit the AFE article.


HCS Graduate Students create winning video for the #FlowerLoveVideoContest

January 30, 2018


Nathan Nordstedt and Jaclyn Fiola, graduate students of Horticulture and Crop Science at The Ohio State University, created a video promoting the use of and gifting of fresh flowers.

Some comments from Nathan on this experience:

Jaclyn Fiola and I recently won a grand prize for our video promoting the gift of flowers for the American Floral Endowment’s ‘Flower Love Video Contest.’ Last year Jaclyn and I were part of a class project that produced an educational video showcasing research at OARDC. When the announcement for the video contest was released, I thought that it was the perfect opportunity to combine our creative and technical skills again. The point of the video contest was to create a library for floriculture industry members to have access to for their own promotional purposes. Therefore, I had the idea of creating a video showcasing the variety of occasions that you can give flowers for, and the happiness these gifts provide.

For the video, we called upon several graduate students within the college to receive a bouquet of flowers and give us their best candid reaction. Some of the scenes portrayed special occasions like birthdays and graduation, and some of them were ‘just because.’ Once all of the footage was collected, Jaclyn’s expertise in video editing was put to use, and we both worked to make the edits for our final product. We would like to thank graduate students in Horticulture and Crop Science (Yiyun Lin, Eduardo Bernal, Kaylee South, Susie Walden and Andrea Leiva Soto), Entomology graduate student Ashley Yates, and everyone who voted throughout the contest by helping us to ‘Let Happiness Bloom!’

The contest was launched by the American Floral Endowment (AFE), sponsored by Asocolflores and funded through the Floral Marketing Research Fund.  Over 50 videos were submitted and are stored in the new AFE Flower Video Library.  Congratulations to Nathan and Jaclyn for being awarded the Grand Prize.  See more videos at

Nordstedt awarded scholarship through the Horticulture Research Institute

December 2017


Nathan Nordstedt, Ph.D. student for Dr. Michelle Jones at OSU/HCS, was awarded the Bryan A. Champion Scholarship through the Horticulture Research Institue (HRI).

Research conducted by HCS Graduate Student featured in HortScience

October 2017


Research conducted by Kaylee South, Ph.D. student with Dr. Michelle Jones at Ohio State University Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, and researchers from University of Georgia was featured on the September 2017 cover for HortScience, a publication of the American Society for Horticultural Science.  The article, Ice Cube Irrigation of Potted Phalaenopsis Orchids in Bark Media Does Not Decrease Display Life, is available via open access: HortScience 52:1271-1277.


HCS Graduate Students awarded for research presentations

Oct 13, 2017


Graduate Students in Horticulture and Crop Science coordinated the 11th annual research retreat where students were judged on their presentations.  Among the awarded presenters are students from Dr. Michelle Jones’ Lab.  Nathan Nordstedt was awarded for his presentation of his Ph.D. research project, and Yiyun Lin was presented an award for the proposal presentation of her Ph.D. project.

Nathan Nordstedt wins Richard T. Meister Scholarship

July 27, 2017


Horticulture and Crop Science graduate student, Nathan Nordstedt, was awarded the Richard T. Meister Scholarship from the American Floral Endowment.  The scholarship is for $3,900.  Nathan is pursuing his Ph.D. with Dr. Michelle Jones.

To read more about this award, view the full article with the American Floral Endowment.

Nathan also authored an article to encourage the Floriculture industry to offer young people new opportunities.  This article was published in Greenhouse Grower and can be viewed here.

Ph.D. Student Kaylee South wins 2017 Paul Ecke, Jr. Scholarship

April 20, 2017


HCS student, Kaylee South, was awarded the 2017 Paul Ecke Jr. Scholarship, a $10,000 scholarship through the American Floral Endowment.  Kaylee is pursuing her Ph.D. with Dr. Michelle Jones.

To learn more about Kaylee’s award, read the full article at the American Floral Endowment.