College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

Department of Plant Pathology

New Student is ARCS Foundation Award Recipient

Andrea GarfinkelCongratulations to Andrea Garfinkel, who is starting her PhD this fall with Dr. Gary Chastagner, Professor of Pathology at Puyallup REC.  Andrea has been selected to receive the prestigious Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Scholarship from the ARCS-Seattle Chapter (

ARCS Foundation is a national organization of 17 Chapters serving 53 of the nation’s premier research universities.  Nationally, over $82 million in financial support to more than 14,000 students has been awarded.  The Seattle Chapter, founded in 1978, currently supports 121 PhD candidates at the University of Washington and Washington State University.  The Seattle Chapter has been recognized as a Washington State University Laureate and to date has contributed $13 million to 1000 talented scholars at the state’s two research universities.

Other Plant Pathology ARCS Fellows include Dr. Jane Stewart (PhD, WSU, with Dr. Tobin Peever), Ms. Christian Aguilar (PhD student with Drs. Mark Mazzola and Chang-Lin Xiao), Ms. Katie McKeever (PhD student with Dr. Gary Chastagner), and Ms. Amy Salamone (PhD student with Dr. Debra Inglis). Plant Pathology is one of only four departments in the entire WSU system to be chosen as an ‘ARCS Department’ by the ARCS Foundation.

Andrea received her M.S. degree in Agronomy with an emphasis in Horticulture from the University of Wyoming in Summer 2013.  Her thesis title was “Wyoming Brown and Gold Specialty Fresh-Cut Sunflowers” and it focused on producing region-specific information for integrating cut sunflowers as a niche crop for greenhouse and high tunnel production in the High Plains.  While at the University of Wyoming, Andrea also worked as a plant pathology research assistant to assess the efficacy of experimental chemical fungicides for use in major agronomic cropping systems.  This experience piqued her interest in disease management.  Her other educational interests include supporting local horticulture industries through applied, producer-oriented research and community involvement.  For her PhD, Andrea will be working on the management of diseases of cut flowers.

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