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CTAHR Gets Funds for Plant Science Education

Posted on | September 9, 2011 | Comments Off on CTAHR Gets Funds for Plant Science Education

three people holding big check

From left, Sylvia Yuen, CTAHR interim dean; Fred Perlak, vice president of research and business operations for Monsanto in Hawaiʻi and Virginia Hinshaw, Mānoa chancellor

Mānoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources received $500,000 from Monsanto Company to establish the Monsanto Research Fellows Fund. The fund will assist graduate students pursuing a masters or PhD degree and post doctoral researchers at the college related to the study of plant science and protection.

The goal of the new fund is to enable eligible students to enhance their educational and professional development through fellowship programs, including financial support for student research and participation in national professional conferences.

“We are deeply appreciative of Monsanto’s investment in our college and students,” says Sylvia Yuen, CTAHR’ interim dean. “Because of workforce shortages, there is a critical need to educate the next generation of researchers preparing to tackle the difficult problem of producing more food on less land in a sustainable way, using less water and energy, to feed a growing population. This gift will allow CTAHR to attract the best and brightest young people to engage in this important work.”

Read the news release.