Sherri Tedford


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  • Organization
    Bee Vectoring Technology

  • Role
    Scientist Mentor: I will mentor teams of students online

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    I just finished my Masters project on Cercospora leaf spot, a fungal disease, in sugar beet (not to be confused with red beets). We want to see how weather affects spore levels to improve disease management. I currently work at BVT, a biopesticide company that uses bees to transport beneficial fungi to crops to prevent disease.

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  • Profile Question 2
    Do you have advice for students about preparing for a science career?

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    Take as many science courses as you want, but also diversify your interests. Take a psychology class. Learn some geography. Don't be afraid to learn about things that may be perceived as 'unscientific'; it helps you think differently and prevents science burnout. Also, WORK ON YOUR WRITING! There is a bunch of communicating in science, be it presentations, papers, reports, memos, what have you - you have to be able to share all the cool stuff you find out. In my experience many science students don't worry about grammar and spelling in school, however, this is a poor life choice. Flow, sentence structure, all those things your English teacher harps about - they are very important.

  • Profile Question 3
    What is a typical day like for you?

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    Because I work in plant agriculture no two days are alike, the things I'm doing vary depending on the season. In the spring, projects and experimental plans are finalized and the plants are seeded or transplanted into the field. In the summer, it's actually a calmer time of year than people expect. We are just waiting for things to grow, then we apply treatments and record observations. The late summer/early fall is very busy, we have to harvest everything we have planted, and get our final set of data. After harvest we have to quickly analyze our data and write reports so people know what we did and will continue to fund our research (a lot of reports are due by Halloween). In the winter it is more low-key, we are finishing reports and getting everything ready for the next season...a lot of people go on holiday to use all the extra time they worked in the summer and fall.

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Recent Posts

The Cool Cucumbers Sherri Tedford

Hi again Cucumbers,

I looked at your presentation, and I want to start by saying congratulations on successfully finishing your experiment! I uploaded my suggestions to the project files, my edits are in yellow comment boxes throughout the file.

The Cool Cucumbers Sherri Tedford

Hi Cucumbers,

It looks like you have made lots of progress :)

I was reading the updates you made to your project outline, and I'm not sure I understand the last line of your conclusion. "floods and droughts can grow plants just as…

The Cool Cucumbers Sherri Tedford
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Great! Good job guys! In the final stages now. Let me know if you would like me to proofread your presentation. Please send me the file, though, not a google pres link (I'm not allowed to open them because they can contain emails etc)

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