Seanna Hewitt

I graduated from PLU in the spring of 2014 with majors in Biology and Hispanic Studies. A semester away in Oaxaca, Mexico led me to recognize my interest in promoting food security, and greatly influenced the avenue I took for my graduate career. I am now beginning my fourth year in the Molecular Plant Sciences PhD program at Washington State University, where I am studying the genetics and physiology of fruit ripening. As part of my thesis project, I am developing a set of technologies targeted towards reducing the waste in the postharvest industry, with a specific focus on pear fruit, one of the most important tree fruit crops in the Pacific Northwest.