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May 10, 2011- Greenhouse Production Research Group Says Goodbye to Long-time Student Worker
    In 2004, a new undergraduate visited the Student Employment Office at UT.  Of all the job listings available to him, one in particular caught his eye-a Student Assistant position at the newly established USDA-Agricultural Research Offices at UT.  He met with GPRG scientists, and it was an instant match; thus, Stephen Ohene-Larbi came to work at the GPRG.  Stephen, originally from Ghana, had previously worked with the World Bank Community Water and Sanitation Project and the European Union.  His interest in agricultural research stemmed from the fact that agriculture is the backbone of his home country, and he wanted to learn more about what went into strengthening it.  Greenhouses are not utilized in the floriculture industry in Ghana, and he wanted to learn more about their potential usefulness there.
    Stephen's contributions to the lab were numerous.  He assisted with large-scale trials, designed parts of the website, and played an integral role in preparing samples for tissue analysis.  His willingness to take on any task, even tedious ones, helped facilitate a smoothly-run operation.  In addition to his steadfast work ethic and ever-present smile, Stephen afforded GPRG members the opportunity to learn about another culture.  His enthusiasm for sharing information about Ghana was never so apparent as when Ghana made it to the quarter-finals for the World Cup.
    Stephen has worked with the GPRG through his undergraduate degree in Communications, and through his master's degree in Public Administration.  He is currently pursuing a job in his field and plans to continue a Ph.D. program in the future in Public Policy.  We wish to thank Stephen for his dedication and hard work through the last 7 years, and we wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.

Stephen in the greenhouse in 2004.

Sharing his enthusiasm for Ghana soccer with the lab.