News & Updates

Guest Speaker February 26th

If you are interested in working for USDA agencies, such as ARS and NRCS as a soil scientist, and would like to learn their requirements and job application processes and tips, please join the on-line Q&A event. We have invited USDA-ARS soil scientist Dr. Curtis Ransom and USDA-ARS hiring manger Melinda Nunnally to discuss tips and processes to prepare yourself to become a USDA soil scientist or certified soil scientist and answer questions you may have. The event is at 3:00-4:00PM next Monday, Feb. 26th.

Please RSVP by Friday, Feb. 23 at

The WebEx link will be sent to you after your RSVP.

EPA Worker Protection Standard Training

Travis Clark will be offering a training for the EPA Worker Protection Standard training for Plant Science employees that couldn’t attend the first session at YOUNG RM 122 on Thursday, February 22nd from 10:30am-11:30am.  This one-hour training session is federally mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency concerning working with and around pesticides.

What is the EPA Worker Protection Standard?

As of January 1, 1995, the EPA Worker Protection Standard requires workers and pesticide handlers to be trained in the hazards, precautions (posted signs, protective equipment, etc.), personal cleanup, and other safety items associated with applying pesticides or working with pesticide contaminated plants, soils, etc.

Who falls into this category? 

Any full or part time faculty, staff, or student employee who comes into contact with pesticides in the “production” of agricultural plants on a farm, forest, orchard, nursery, or greenhouse.  (Anyone who works in one of our greenhouses or farms at any level).

Beginning January 2017, this EPA mandated training must be updated annually.

Check the UConn EH&S website to verify when you were last trained for the WPS.

Research uses of pesticides are not exempt.

***If you need this training and cannot make it this Thursday, please email and we can set up a time to meet.**

PSLA Administrative Office Closed 12/25/23 – 1/1/24

The PSLA Administrative Office will be closed from Monday December 25th, 2023 through January 1st, 2024 for the holiday break. Limited staff will be working remotely on Dec 27-29 and the PSLA mailbox will be monitored, during that time. We will return to the office on January 2nd, 2024. Please plan accordingly.

We hope you have a peaceful and safe holiday season!




PSLA Winter Celebration 2023

The Department of Plant Science & Landscape Architecture came together on December 14th for an Ugly Sweater, Chilli Cook off and Yankee Swap to celebrate the end of the semester and the winter holidays. Students, faculty and staff came together for some fantastic food and friendly competition! Roy Davis and Nick Goltz led the organization of this event and Chris Strand & Chloe Bilodeau assisted the committee with setup in the LA Studio Room.

Congratulations to our Contest Winners:

Chili Categories:
  • Best Vegetarian Chili – Nick Goltz
  • Spiciest Chili – Sydney Everhart
  • Most Unique Chili – Chase Crowell
  • People’s Choice 3rd Place – Nora Doonan
  • People’s Choice 2nd Place – Nick Goltz
  • People’s Choice 1st Place – Chris Strand
Ugly Sweater Categories:
  • Ugliest Sweater – Chris Strand
  • Fan Favorite Ugly Sweater – Sohyun Park & Roy Davis


Thank you to all who came out and brought food, gifts, and their festive spirit to this event!


Calling all UConn BSLA Alumni & Friends

Hello! The UConn LA Program is looking to reconnect with its Alumni and build new friendships with the LA community in Connecticut. We are a young faculty now, honored to be a part of this wonderful program and to lead it into its next chapter. As part of this, we are wanting to learn more about its history, celebrate its alumni, and build better relationships with professionals across the State of Connecticut and beyond. We promise not to bombard your inboxes but we would love to be able to: send an annual newsletter about the program and its happenings; inform you of events at the school and at the ASLA conference; and ask for your support during our annual fundraiser, UConn Gives. If this is of interest, please fill out this quick form. Thank you!