Joel Oliver is a 4th year graduate student in the laboratory of Dr. John Mullet where he studies growth efficiency in plants using Sorghum bicolor as a model. His research and involvement has won him the “triple crown” of the departmental awards, taking the poster competition, the research competition, and graduate student teaching awards all in the year 2019. Additionally, Joel has served on the Biochemistry/Biophysics Graduate Recruitment and Acceptance Committee (GRAC) as the graduate student representative and uses his enthusiasm for science to bring the best new students to the program as possible. After graduate school, Joel plans to pursue an academic postdoc working to further his passion for plant science. Eventually, he would like to become a PI and run a lab of his own to answer some long standing questions in the field of plant science and to use his findings to address the looming challenges of food availability and climate change.