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!!!