Scholarship supports U of S grad student’s career aspirations
“I developed my passion for agriculture growing up on a small farm near Fairlight, in southeast Saskatchewan,” says Andrea De Roo, a graduate student in the College of Agriculture and Bioresources. “The hard work was challenging at times – but I loved every bit of it.”
It was this passion that brought Andrea to study plant sciences at the University of Saskatchewan. “My research focuses on cleaver weeds in Western Canada,” she explains. “As I learn more about this species my project expands. In fact, it’s grown so much that I hope to convert my master’s thesis into a PhD soon.”
Andrea notes that she wouldn’t have been able to pursue her educational and career goals without the scholarship support she received. She says, “I had high grades in school and wanted to continue to study, so moving to Saskatoon to study agriculture at the U of S was an easy decision for me – but paying for it was going to be another story.”
Fortunately, Andrea received student award funding, including an award from the
Douglas Christie Ferguson Fund, which was established through a bequest gift. “It’s had a profound effect on my life, my studies and my career,” she says. “There is absolutely no way I would be where I am today without this support,” she adds.