Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Rice scholars recognized by Illinois University for excellent academic performance

Nirmal Sharma (Bangladesh), Pradeepa Hirannaiah (India), Lenie Quiatchon-Baeza (Philippines), Hung Bui (Vietnam), and Parthiban Thathapalli Prakash (India), all graduate fellows under the Lee Foundation Rice Scholarship Program, were recognized for making it to the top 15 percent of the graduate class in the College of Agriculture, Crop Science and Environmental Science (ACES) at the University of Illinois at Urbana (UIUC)-Champaign during the Graduate Fellowship Awarding Ceremony at the UIUC Alumni Center on 6 November.

“It just feels great to have our small unit of IRRI family here away from home,” says Ms. Baeza, who is currently doing her research on crop genetics and molecular biology to gain better understanding of the effects of stress brought about by climate change on different grain quality traits.

The Lee Foundation Rice Scholarship Program aims to educate and train a new generation of young rice scientists and researcher to help feed Asia. This exciting new program offers young Asians a unique opportunity to gain excellent education from reputable academic institutions. It is anticipated that they will be part of a new science leadership in the region and build key partnerships in the coming decades.

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