Organizing Committee Member
Yeter Seda KARAKOC
I am Yeter â€œSedaâ€ Karakoc, originally from Bursa, Turkey. I received a bachelorâ€™s degree in Horticultural Science at Ataturk University in 2013 and an (in progress) masterâ€™s degree in Fruit Cultivation and Breeding at Ataturk University. While at Ataturk University, I conducted studies on the self-incompatibility mechanisms in apricots (Prunus armeniaca L.) under the direction of Dr. Sezai Ercisli. My research focused on developing molecular markers to identify self-incompatible apricot genotypes to help breeders identify and eliminate those from their research programs. After graduating, I applied to the masterâ€™s program at South Dakota State University to continue my research abroad to deepen my plant breeding knowledge further and expose myself to a multi-cultural and interdisciplinary environment. To fulfill these goals, I received the YLSY International Graduate Education Scholarship from the Ministry of National Education in Turkey, a very competitive award. I started my master's studies under Dr. Xingyou Gu in the Department of Plant Science at South Dakota State University.