Located halfway between Seattle and Vancouver BC, the Skagit Valley is one of the most beautiful and diverse agricultural regions in the country. Graduate students housed at the Mount Vernon Research and Extension Center have access to modern laboratory and greenhouse facilities, and an experimental field research farm. Seven research and extension programs in crop breeding, entomology, fruit and vegetable horticulture, vegetable and vegetable seed pathology, and weed science focus on 32 different crops ranging from tulips to wheat to organic grapes and potatoes. Students are exposed to the complex farming and political systems that make up a strong and multigenerational agricultural community. Growers and the community insure that agriculture continues in the region, which was recently illustrated by over $2M in local donations which helped improve the Center’s research capabilities.
Graduate Student Cohort
The graduate student cohort based in Mount Vernon is a self-governing group that includes all agricultural science disciplines. Students meet on a regular basis (minimum one meeting per term) and are responsible for hosting a symposium or seminar in alternating years, planning field trips and educational opportunities, allocating space within the graduate student offices, maintaining the graduate student website. One student is elected as the graduate student representative each school year and this person is responsible for attending faculty meetings as well. The students manage a budget which is meant to support student attendance at professional meetings, fund guest speakers and field trips, and to improve graduate student space at the research center. The group is offered guidance by Gabriel LaHue, the graduate student faculty advisor in Mount Vernon. Graduate students are welcome to contact the current grad student rep or graduate student faculty advisor for specific questions on being a student at WSU Mount Vernon.