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Middleton Starts Graduate Research Assistantship at Virginia Tech

2013 Grad Was Top Student in Agronomy/Horticulture

July 19, 2013

Amanda Middleton

Amanda Middleton

Amanda Jo Middleton of Wilmington began earlier this month a graduate research assistantship with Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

She is the daughter of Keith and Carolyn Middleton of Wilmington and a 2009 graduate of Wilmington High School.

Middleton graduated summa cum laude in May from Wilmington College, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture/agronomy and history, with a minor in chemistry.

As a graduate assistant, Middleton will assist in Virginia Tech’s Master of Science research programs from 15 to 20 hours a week as she works on her graduate studies in soil chemistry. She will receive tuition-free scholarship, a monthly stipend and other benefits.

This summer, Middleton has been working at the Virginia Tech Eastern Shore Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Painter, Va., where she currently is with a unit at an agricultural research farm that can extract the energy from poultry litter and convert it to heat and or electricity using an innovative thermochemical conversion system.

She is conducting field trials in grain crops and collecting data on performance and return on investment.
Classes start at Virginia Tech’s main campus in Blacksburg in August.

At Wilmington College, faculty members selected Middleton for the 2013 Citation for Excellence in Agronomy and Horticulture, in addition to being a member of the agricultural honor society Delta Tau Alpha, the women’s golf team and Equestrian Club.

Also, she earned the American FFA Degree in 2011 and, this year, the American Society of Agronomy honored her with its 2013 National Student Recognition Award.