Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University

Advisor

Shmulsky, Rubin

Committee Member

Montague, Iris B.

Committee Member

Stokes, C. Elizabeth

Date of Degree

5-13-2022

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Major

Sustainable Bioproducts

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)

College

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Department

Department of Sustainable Bioproducts

Abstract

Over the past few decades, university level US Forestry and Wood Science and Technology programs have faced declining enrollment. As a result, the seeming disinterest of younger generations has impacted employment in these sectors. In an attempt to bridge the communication gap among colleges/industries, this study was created to attract the interest and maintain the enthusiasm of new generations of professionals and currently enrolled college students in the United States. In September 2021, an online survey was created and distributed to over 1500 alumni and students and received 1,495 usable surveys. Analysis performed on the resultant data included descriptive statistics and chi-square calculations. Although the study results indicate that the current generation of students and professionals appear to have basic knowledge surrounding the forestry and wood products/science industries, they showed a lack of awareness of the available careers linked to the sector.

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