UW-Platteville student awarded PLANET Academic Excellence Foundation Scholarship
PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Katie Martin, a University of Wisconsin-Platteville sophomore double majoring in crops and soil and ornamental horticulture from Rubicon, Wis., recently won a $1,000 PLANET Academic Excellence Foundation Scholarship from the Planet Professional Land Care Network. PLANET is a national trade association representing thousands of landscape industry professionals who aim to create and maintain healthy, green living spaces for communities in the United States.
Every year PLANET hosts a three day Student Career Days conference, which members of UW-Platteville’s Ornamental Horticulture Club were able to attend in 2012. The conference hosts universities from across the country and gives students the opportunity to compete in various horticulture related competitions, as well as network with professionals for career and internship opportunities.
“One of the best parts of the conference is being able to talk with students from other universities about what courses they take and what they do in their clubs,” said Martin. “Networking with professionals is also great because then they can see you compete and see how your skills really are in the work environment.”
The conference included 28 events centered on the horticulture and landscaping industry. Martin participated in the Landscape Plant Installation event on the UW-Platteville team and placed 22nd out of 62 schools. She also participated in Irrigation Assembly and placed 42nd out of 49 schools.
“This year my favorite event was the Irrigation Assembly because my partner and I signed up for the event on a whim,” said Martin. “We definitely learned a lot and had fun doing it. We do plan on participating in the same event next year.”
Martin had an internship with Dow Agro Sciences, in Clinton, Wis. last summer doing research and development that relates closely with her crop and soil major. This summer, Martin will intern with Helena Chemical Company in Goshen, Ind., working with various pesticides and crop scouting.
“The field is always changing and growing so I’m not exactly sure what I want to do,” said Martin. “I do know that I want to be able to be a consultant for businesses and people who need my help with various landscaping needs. I want to be outside and I enjoy helping people, so I hope I can be the person to provide the solution.”
Contact: Katie Martin, student, firstname.lastname@example.org
Written by: Sarah Kessler, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, email@example.com