Student Spotlight: Katie Bathke

Katie Bathke
Meet Katie Bathke, a junior plant biology student from Dixon, Nebraska.
October 11, 2021

Hometown: Dixon, Nebraska

Major: Plant Biology, Agronomy and Native American Studies minor

Anticipated Date of Graduation: May 2023

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

I decided to come to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for the agricultural department. I wanted to be around people that love agriculture the way I do. 

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

My favorite part of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is by far the friends I've made and the people I've meant. 

How has diversity and inclusive excellence played a role in your CASNR experience?

The classes I've taken through CASNR have always seemed to be an inclusive environment setting that uses aspects of hands-on learning to drive the goals of the classes. This allows for a different style of education to promote excellence. 

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

My favorite class would have to be my Honors 189 course for Native Americans in pop culture. It required a level of empathetic thinking and problem solving that I don't get to use in my science-focused major. 

What are your plans post-graduation? 

My plans after graduation are to further my education to someday work in the precision agriculture side of agronomy. 

What’s life like outside of school?  

Life outside of school is never short of interesting for me trying to juggle research and time with friends and family! 

Katie has received the following scholarships: Maunder-Borlaug Food Security Scholarship, H. Beachell Scholarship, Honors Program scholarship, Maskell-Mundt Fund, Chancellor's Leadership Scholarship, Husker Living and Learning Scholarship, Husker Power Scholarship and the John L Dvoracek Memorial Scholarship.