Shandrea Stallworth is currently a 2nd-year doctoral student at Mississippi State University where she studies Weed Science with a focus in Genetics. She received her Masters of Science from Auburn University (2016) in Plant Breeding and her Bachelors of Science from Fort Valley State University (2011) in Plant Science and Biotechnology. She currently serves as the professional development chair, and graduate student mentor for the MSU MANRRS Chapter where she organizes seminars primarily focused on the professional growth of members. Shandrea is a strong advocate for increasing the diversity in STEM fields and has served on many committees to address the need to provide more opportunities for minority women agricultural areas. Shandrea has been a member of MANRRS for more than four years and enjoys sharing her experiences with her peers in the areas of research and professional development.