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Kathryn S Orvis

Youth Development and Agricultural Education 

  • Associate Professor – Extension Education
765.494.8433
765.496.1152
Agricultural Administration Building Room 227
615 W State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2053

Horticulture and Landscape Architecture 

  • Associate Professor of Horticulture
765.494.8433

Faculty Profile
Dr. Orvis shares a joint appointment between the Departments of Youth Development and Ag Education (primary, Extension) and Horticulture and Landscape Architecture (secondary, Teaching). Her research and extension work focuses on the utilization of plants as teaching tools. Additionally, her background in plant genetics affords her the capacity to focus on various aspects of biotechnology education.

Education
PhD, Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics, University of Wisconsin, 2000
MS, Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics, University of Wisconsin, 1997
BS, Botany and Lyman Briggs, Michigan State University, 1995


Courses Taught
HORT 101 Fundamentals of Horticulture
YDAE 491 Teaching with Plants
YDAE/HORT 542 Introduction to Ag Biotechnology
YDAE 644 Graduate Seminar


Research Interests
Plant science education, experiential learning; science literacy, biotechnology education

Grants & Projects
Collaborator, Enhancing Science Capacity in Introductory Animal, Plant, and Food Sciences Courses. USDA NIFA Higher Education Challenge Grant. 2010-13

Senior Personnel, Youth Outreach and 4-H portion of the Sustainable Production and Distribution of Bioenergy for the Central USA (CenUSA) project. 2011 – 2016


Awards & Honors

(2012) YDAE Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher. Youth Development and Agricultural Education.

(2005) Award for Excellence in Distance Education, Best Credit-Granting Program. Purdue University.

Selected Publications

Orvis, K. S. (2005). Junior Master Gardener in Indiana. 4H Judges and Leaders Clinic.

Orvis, K. S. (2005). Youth Gardening in Indiana. HASTI Annual Convention.

Orvis, K. S. (2005). Agricultural Biotechnology Education. HASTI Annual Convention.

Orvis, K. S. (2003). Children's Museum of Indianapolis Summer Biotech Institute for Teachers.

Orvis, K. S. (2003). Using Gardening as a Teaching Tool for Science Achievement and Attitudes in 3rd Grade Classrooms. ASHS Annual Meetings.

Orvis, K. S. (2003). JMG in Indiana. DSA 10 Quarterly Meeting.

Orvis, K. S., & Orvis, B. P. S. (2003). The Genomic Analogy Model for Educators: A New Tool for Teaching Biotechnology. Galaxy II: Exceeding Expecations Through Teamwork (collaborative between NAE4HA, ANREP, NEAFCS, JCE.

Orvis, K. S. (2003). Are Vegetables Really That Good For You?. Illiana Vegetable Grower's School.

Orvis, K. S. (2003). Genomic Analogy Model for Educators (GAME): from jumping genes to alternative splicing. Journal of Biological Education.

Orvis, K. S. (2003). Genomic Analogy Model for Educators (GAME): from jumping genes to alternative splicing. Journal of Biological Education.