Student Spotlight: Caleb Wehrbein

Meet Caleb Wehrbein, a doctoral student in agronomy and horticulture from Plattsmouth, Neb.
January 8, 2023

Hometown: Plattsmouth, Nebraska 

Major: Going for a PhD in Agronomy and Horticulture (my undergrad was in plant biology) 

Anticipated Date of Graduation: 2025  


Why did you decide to come to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln? 

I wanted a campus close to home and somewhere where I could pursue a degree related to horticulture and plant biology.  

What is your favorite thing about the University of Nebraska-Lincoln?  

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln feels like my home away from home. I love the community here. 

What about diversity and inclusion is important to you when you think about your CASNR experience? 

My CASNR experience has capitalized on diversity and inclusion through the large amount of RSO organizations available to students and the broad implications my coursework has for agriculture world-wide.  

Exposure to cultural differences is a huge part of college. What activity have you recently participated in that is different from what you are used to in your culture? This could be something you read, listened to, watched, eaten or otherwise taken part in. What did you learn from this activity? 

I’m always being exposed to different foods that I normally wouldn’t encounter. I’ve been given the chance to try squid jerky before, and I’ve learned if you are given the opportunity, try anything and everything. You won’t regret it. 

What is your favorite class you have taken so far and why? 

Plant propagation (PLAS 221), it’s a super fun class and quite practical. 

What are your plans post-graduation? 

Leaning towards staying in academia as a professor maybe, not quite sure yet. 

What's life like outside of school?  

Hanging out with friends and family along with participating in my local church community. 

What scholarships, if any, have you received? 

Most recently the Cooper Sharpless Fellowship, but I have received the Milton E. Mohr scholarship and Martin Massengale Senior award during my undergrad. 

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