Graduate Fellowships Available - Students from Underrepresented Groups are Encouraged to Apply

Do you want to become a leader in agriculture and natural resources? Six graduate student fellowships from USDA-NIFA are available starting Fall 2017.

A NEED FOR LEADERS IN INTEGRATIVE BIOSCIENCES FOR SUSTAINABLE FOOD AND AGRICULTURAL SYSTEMS

With the projected global population of 9 billion people by 2050, the demand for food will require innovative solutions to increase global food production. These solutions need to be rationale and sustainable, and be made by teams of well-trained multidisciplinary decision makers that involve both agriculturists and natural resource managers. These new leaders will need to have a global vision of the food and agricultural systems, and have an understanding of various disciplines encompassing plant production, integrated pest management including entomology and plant pathology, crop improvement, soil science, water resources, land use, ecology, tradition and culture, and economics.
WHAT

With the projected global population of 9 billion people by 2050, the demand for food will require innovative solutions to increase global food production. These solutions need to be rationale and sustainable, and be made by teams of well-trained multidisciplinary decision makers that involve both agriculturists and natural resource managers. These new leaders will need to have a global vision of the food and agricultural systems, and have an understanding of various disciplines encompassing plant production, integrated pest management including entomology and plant pathology, crop improvement, soil science, water resources, land use, ecology, tradition and culture, and economics.

WHAT TRAINING WILL THE FELLOWS RECEIVE?

Students will receive a rich complement of professional development designed to boost technical as well as soft skills. Fellows will be introduced to and shadow local producers and natural resources managers. Fellows will receive hands-on experience in research and extension, and have close interactions with local producers and natural resources managers. They will be mentored by both an advisory committee made of academic scientists and a professional mentoring committee made of stakeholders from the region. Which include: Greg Harris (RDO Threemile Canyon Farm); Josh Adkins (Syngenta); Steve Potts (Lamb Weston); Tom Drader (ConAgra); Matthew Blua (Washington State Potato Commission); Greg Silbernagel (Oregon Water Resources); Cheryl Shippentower (The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation); Tom Demianew (Oregon Department of Agriculture). In addition to technical skills, fellows will improve their soft skills by organizing meetings and extension activities, and by supervising undergraduate students who will assist them during the summer months.

WHO CAN APPLY?

You must be citizens or nationals of the United States of America, and have strong interest in preparing for a career as a food or agricultural or natural resources scientist or professional. Minority students are strongly encouraged to apply.

HOW TO APPLY?

Please send a letter of interest indicating which of the faculty listed below matches your research field of interest, a curriculum vitae, transcripts, GRE scores, and arrange to have 3 letters of recommendations sent directly to the faculty of interest. Please indicate “NNF Fellowship Application” in the subject of your email.

Application Deadline: December 15, 2016

For more information, please contact one of the following faculty.

•Aquatic invertebrate ecology/bioassessment Dr. David Wooster

•Agricultural entomology Dr. Silvia Rondon 

•Plant pathology Dr. Kenneth Frost 

•Breeding and genomics Dr. Sagar Sathuvalli

•Plant biotechnology, biochemistry and metabolism Dr. Aymeric Goyer 

•Terrestrial insect ecology Dr. Sandra DeBano

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