Franco Lopez (he/him/his), 4th Year, Applied Plant and Soil Sciences

Growing up in a family with a farming background, Franco’s deep-rooted passion for research in sustainable agriculture grew throughout his time in LFS. He was first drawn to the Faculty’s community-based research approach to finding solutions to our global food problems. After taking LFS 250, where Franco learned about the actionable steps he could take to address the flaws that exist in our food system, he was further inspired to pursue his passion. It was thus no surprise when he was featured in the 2020 AgriSuccess Magazine after a recommendation from a professor.

Franco also holds a special interest for teaching and helping his peers, which is well reflected in his past roles as a Teaching Assistant for APBI 200, PASS Program Coordinator, and Orientation Leader. After a challenging first-year, Franco wanted to support students who may encounter struggles in their academic journey.

As a message to students looking to get involved, Franco emphasized that no level of involvement is bad: “Even if it’s an hour a week or less, do something that lets you explore something you are passionate about. Academics are important, but so is building your network.”