Graduate Student Profile
Theoneste Nzaranyimana is from Rwanda. He got his BSc. degree in horticulture from Africa University, Mutare, Zimbabwe. He completed his MS. in Agriculture and post graduate certificate in STEM education and Leadership from Illinois State University. Currently he is pursuing his doctoral degree in agriculture education at Purdue University in YDAE. He chose Purdue University because of the Alumni testimonies he has read, Purdue’s positive recognition in the world and its strategic location in the heart of the US agricultural region. Besides these outstanding attractive elements, the YDAE department at Purdue University offers a variety of programs which prepare students to be job creators not job seekers. This was his major focus when he was looking for the university where he could do his doctoral degree. His research topic for his master’s degree level focused on" The effects of sulfur fertility levels on edamame soybean quality". He served as a volunteer teacher and demonstrated gardening for children at University of Illinois Extension Unity Center in Normal, IL. During this period he was able to share his research on the effects of sulfur level on different varieties of kale vegetables and how it affects its taste and flavor. Under the direction of his major professor, Dr. David Kopsell, he was awarded a $10.000 Illinois Soybean Association grant and this contributed significantly towards his master’s research costs. While he is in the YDAE doctoral program, his short-term goals are to continue to strengthen his skills and knowledge in horticulture (gardening) and gain experience in developing educational programs and expand his skills in research. His long-term goals after completion his degree program is to seek an instructional or extension position where he can share his experiences and knowledge and skills to develop programming to identify and provide prospective and solutions for farmers and other extension professionals to impact the global food system. He also wish to dedicate his time in teaching youth about gardening especially those in urban areas who believe that food comes from grocery stores. His passion is to inspire entrepreneurship wherever his career takes him.
BS Horticulture Africa University
MS Horticulture Illinois State University
Illinois Agriculture in a classroom workshop (July 2017)
Scholarship for Teaching and Learning workshop (2016-2017)
Training for future faculty (March 2017), Internship at Wright Farms, US (2013)
Internship at Greater Sisal Farms, Zimbabwe (2012).
Urban area farming, Community &High school gardening, Horticulture & STEM integration.
Dr. David Kopsell (Illinois State University)
Dr. Orvis Kathryn ( Purdue University)