Michigan State University
Kellie’s love of horticulture started at a very young age. She grew plants to sell while her sisters sold lemonade, and her passion for plants took off from there. Receiving her B.S. and M.S degrees in Horticulture from Iowa State University, Kellie specialized in greenhouse production and researched hydroponic basil production. At Iowa State, she was involved in many activities including serving as president of the undergraduate Horticulture Club, the Graduate Student Horticulture Society president, and the Alpha Theta chapter Pi Alpha Xi president. She also had the opportunity to work with a school gardening program in St. John, USVI, complete research internships at Iowa State, as well as intern at the Iowa Arboretum and Molbaks. Currently, Kellie is an R&D intern at Costa Farms. This fall, she will be perusing her Ph.D. at Michigan State University focusing on hydroponic production. As for future goals, Kellie aspires to become a controlled environments educator and researcher.