Biosystems Engineering senior undergraduate student, Brooke Schmidt was awarded the 2021/2022 College Compost-Research Scholarship from the Compost Research & Education Foundation. The Compost Research & Education Foundation offers annual scholarships to college students to assist with their compost research projects. The scholarship is available for undergraduate through PhD students studying at a college or university in the United States. The scholarship is for $4,000, and also includes an invitation to present research findings at a US Composting Council Annual Conference during a CREF research session. Brooke is specifically interested in engineering methods for more sustainable living and learning about the vital role that soil plays in the longevity and future of our planet. Her research will explore how compost can be improved through mineral additives to provide longer-lasting benefits for arid cropland farmers. She seeks to determine if compost with the mineral additions of vermiculite, zeolite, or greensand can improve the capacity of soils to store carbon, increase crop yield, and address soil health deficiencies related to farming practices. Congratulations Brooke!
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