Story by Mikhayla DeMott, (ACJ)
Undergraduate research is an excellent way to make the most of the college experience. Two agricultural education students have done just that and have taken advantage of this opportunity. Zachary Callaghan, soon-to-be sophomore, and Eric Koehlmoos, an incoming junior, are among several students who have taken part in undergraduate research.
Agriculture Teacher Perceptions of Student Agriscience Research and the Kansas FFA Agriscience Fair, was the title of Koehlmoos’s research project. The purpose was to investigate the perceptions of Kansas agriculture teachers about the agriscience fair and look to find ways to improve the attendance and participation in the fair. His results showed that the participation was low due to a variety of things: lack of experience with the event, poor participation in other science fairs and little collaboration between science and agriscience teachers. These findings are evidence that there are barriers to participating in this event.