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Boreal ecosystems and agricultural sciences



Emmanuel Badewa

First graduate of the M.Sc., Boreal ecosystem and agricultural sciences

What`s your background?

I’m from Nigeria where I graduated from Obafemi Awolowo University with a bachelor of agriculture in 2013. Then, I served the country as a soil scientist through a voluntary youth service scheme at the Ebonyi State Ministry of Agriculture in 2014/2015. After which I moved to Newfoundland for my master of science program in boreal ecosystems and agricultural sciences (BEAS).


Why did you apply?

During my service year at the ministry of agriculture in 2015, I was looking out for a post-graduate opportunity outside Nigeria. I saw the advertisement for the graduate research assistantship positions at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University through a mail from a friend. Then, I chose to apply for Vadose zone hydrology/hydrogeophysics position because of my interest in soil and water and I was admitted.


How was your experience here?

My experience was great and enormous. It was an opportunity for me to live on another side of the world that is different from what I am used to: weather, people, research activities, to mention a few. I was part of the Hydrology and Agrophysics research team led by Dr. Lakshman Galagedara where we have to work on the field and in the laboratory. The chance to research new ideas and strategies, and then watch them being discussed is incredible and encouraging. Living with the Newfoundlanders during my program is another great privilege because they are nice and kind-hearted.


What did you learn?

I learned a lot about boreal and island agriculture which is a bit different from the tropical agriculture I am used to. The courses I offered during the program highly impacted my passion for agriculture and environmental studies. I picked up many new technical skills. This includes working with geophysical instruments, high tech laboratory equipment, hydrological and mapping tools. I was opportune to attend various conferences for oral and poster presentations. The BEAS program gave me the opportunity to network and work with other graduate students and professionals in the field of agriculture and environmental science.


Any advice to other graduates?

Be as open as possible, and available to tackle any opportunity or challenge that comes your way. Be prepared to adapt your skills to suit new and exciting challenges. Be focus, proactive, persistent and optimistic. Take the value you can add and create as important as the grade and degree you are looking for.

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