Student Spotlight: Osler Ortez Amador

Osler Ortez Amador
Osler Ortez Amador
September 22, 2020

Hometown: San Fernando, Nueva Segovia, Nicaragua.

Major: Doctorate Student, Agronomy and Crop Production.

Anticipated Date of Graduation: December 2021

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

After I completed my master’s degree, I wanted to continue my education in an institution with a strong academic and research program in agriculture. I explored different institutions and I quickly realized that Department of Agronomy and Horticulture at UNL had a perfect fit. UNL has a great team of faculty and researchers, combined with several research stations and farming network across the state.

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

I enjoy many components of UNL, from the buildings and campus life to the far-reaching impact that the University has in the local community, the state, the country, and beyond.

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

In an institution like the University of Nebraska, diversity and inclusiveness are key in the day-to-day collaborations in labs, classrooms, and research partnerships. Having faculty, students, staff, and other collaborators from different backgrounds at the University and CASNR greatly complements our student experience.

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

My favorite UNL class is plant-water relation, AGRO 807. It is an enjoyable field, the understanding of plants and its relation with water is a substantial piece for proper overall understanding of agriculture. The enthusiasm of the professor teaching the course was outstanding and contagious; I felt there was a lot of sizable learning and interest on every class lecture that was taught.

What are your plans post-graduation?

After completing my doctorate, I plan to continue working along the lines of research, teaching, and extension and developing collaborations with the academy, industry, growers, and community in general for continuing the study of ways for the improvement of agriculture.

What’s life like outside of school?

Outside of school, I enjoy going out and visiting new places, biking, and having grill outs with friends. My agenda includes helping others, reading books, watching documentaries, and recently started learning guitar. I am a student leader for the International Student Fellowship (ISF). I continuously enjoy my spiritual growth at the UNL Newman Center – St. Thomas Aquinas Church and ‘Cristo Rey’ Church. I am so grateful to my UNL experience; it is building a great impact on my personal and professional careers!

Osler is also a recipient of the following scholarships; the Crop Science Graduate Student Scholarship, the Hardin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship, Farmers National Fellowship, Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship, Graduate Scholar Award, The Love of Learning Awar and Yield-Limiting Factors Graduate Student Award.