Three doctoral students and a recent Ph.D. graduate are the newest members of the Virginia Tech chapter of the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society.
Jeanette Danielle Barber is a Ph.D. candidate in agricultural, leadership, and community education in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Her research explores the intersection of basic psychological needs and motivation with the goal of understanding what motivating factors help to improve feelings of inclusivity for underrepresented minorities in professional agricultural careers. Barber, a George Washington Carver Scholar, co-authored Relationships between Eco-leadership and Problem-Solving Styles of Gifted and Talented Youth, published in the Journal of Leadership Education. She has been an avid volunteer with the Looking Forward with STEM program, a tutoring and mentor initiative that exposes underrepresented minority students in grades 6-8 to STEM careers. Barber aspires to work with senior leaders within agricultural organizations develop policies that may lead to satisfying work environments, greater productivity, and retention among minorities within the agricultural profession. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University.
April 29, 2020