Shiwani Sapkota was born and raised in Nepal’s Chitwan district. She grew up among farming families, which impacted her to make agriculture her major focus. She completed her BS in Agriculture from Agriculture and Forestry University in December 2017. She did her internship in the Himalayan region of Nepal, staying in the vicinity of rural farmers for six months. After her BS, she worked as a teacher for six months at an agricultural college in Nepal. She most recently worked as a field technician in the Agrosecurity Lab at the University of Hawaii at Manao. Her work included ELISA tests for the detection of viruses on potato plants brought from different US states and rearing Coconut rhinoceros beetles.
Shiwani is starting as an MS student in Soil Science under the supervision of Dr. Gabriel LaHue. She is eager to learn about the dynamics of soil fertility, nutrient management and soil microbiology. She loves traveling to diverse historical and cultural places.