R. Bryan Stobaugh
Biology, May 2006
I grew up on a row crop farm in Blackwell, AR., which produced rice, beans, corn and wheat. After graduating from Morrilton High School in 2002, I moved to Russellville to go to Tech. I completed my degree in biology with a minor in chemistry. Unsure of where to go next, I worked as Coordinator of Student Center Operations at Tech for one year. It became obvious to me that the medical field wasn't my true passion, since I thoroughly enjoyed my senior research project with Dr. T. Yamashita, which was an evolutionary study on scorpion species native to TX, OK, and AR. I went back to my roots of farming and applied to graduate school at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville (Fall 2006) with my major professor being Dr. P. Chen, the soybean breeder for the university. I completed my degree in plant breeding in the summer of 2011, and decided to try a PhD in Soil Fertility. After one semester, I realized that a PhD was not in my immediate future, so resigned my position and went back to work for Dr. Chen as a Research Assistant. Research is my passion and Dr. Yamashita showed me this back in 2005. It was at that point I realized that the opportunities at Arkansas Tech led me to where I am today.
After completing my work with Dr. Chen in the spring of 2012, I moved to Eastern Arkansas, living in Jonesboro and working briefly for Eagle Seed Company in Weiner. I had the opportunity to go to work for the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service (UAEX) as an Agriculture Agent and was able to expand my research with various demonstration plots. After fourteen months of work with UAEX, I was offered my current position as a Jr. Regulatory Scientist/Registration Specialist with Exigent LLC, a partner of Gowan Co. in Yuma, AZ. The biology and chemistry departments at Tech gave me the foundation for my success in the workforce. I am honored to be an Arkansas Tech graduate, and I cannot express how much I respect those two departments. There are many to be thanked at Tech. Once a Wonderboy, always a Wonderboy!!!