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"Over the last 20 years, I’ve had a very significant number of graduate students that have come from overseas. I think {this student} felt valued, welcomed, and included to be part of our team. I know that getting into research labs is not an easy task to accomplish. When he first came to Colorado, he was there just to be an intern and earn some experience to meet the requirements of his undergraduate program. He never knew that he would be invited to the table, and in doing so his life would forever change."

– Dr. Raj Khosla

“As researchers, we sometimes tend to stick to things we can measure. Sometimes the things that are going to be game changers are the things that are much harder to measure. When we take the time to measure some of those pieces, we see that they really do matter. It’s worth taking the time to think about the most important aspects to understand. What’s going to matter the most to communities or people you’re working with?”

– Dr. Rebecca Jablonski

“The most important thing I did at CSU has to be the relationships. Everything I did at CSU stemmed from the relationships that I built, whether it be with professors or students or other individuals — it really came down to the relationships that I had.”

– Linc Thomas

"CSU is a large university with a lot of resources, but to utilize those resources best, it felt essential to have personal connections in the halls of plant science to give me some direction," says Vail. "The Soil and Crop Sciences Department in the college of Ag felt very intimate. I was able to get a feel for all of the research happening and how each overlaps another and are important to the goals of a sustainable future."

– Patricia Vail

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“What has always made me proud of CSU is, if you look at other land-grant institutions, almost nowhere else do I see evenly balanced attention to under-grad education, graduate education, research and extension,” she says. “There’s almost nowhere else that has done it. That’s the very essence of ‘Come to the Table.’ The table will be bigger and more inclusive if there’s no problem too big or too small to tackle.” 

– Dawn Thilmany

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