Beginning in 2014, Monsanto plans to announce the annual beneficiaries of the Fraley-Borlaug scholarship in conjunction with the annual World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue symposium.
“Dr. Fraley’s work has helped shape modern agriculture science and is a real-life example of our mission to find solutions to the world’s most critical challenges,” said Dr. Robert Easter, president of the University of Illinois. “We’re proud to count him among our alumni and to be his partner in inspiring the next generation of female innovators.”
The new Fraley-Borlaug Scholars in Plant Science scholarship is another example of Monsanto’s long-term commitment to educating the next generation of scientists. The company established the Beachell-Borlaug International Scholars Program in 2009 with the goal of aiding Ph.D-seeking students in the development of highly educated rice and wheat breeders who can serve as future leaders in the field of agriculture.
“At Illinois, our mission always has been to pioneer the science and the art of learning. It is one of the pillars of our strategic plan,” said University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Dr. Phyllis Wise. “This generous gift from Robb and Laura Fraley and Monsanto will ensure that promising women with a dedication to a career addressing international crop productivity and world hunger will have the opportunity for the transformative learning experience Illinois offers.”
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About the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois
The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) offers tremendous opportunities for students and faculty to achieve success. More than 2,500 undergraduate students and nearly 750 graduate students have the opportunity to network, learn about careers, and contribute to the life of the College. ACES research encompasses initiatives in bioenergy, biotechnology, integrated landscapes, environmental sustainability, food and agricultural systems, global climate change, family resiliency, public policy and more.
About the Illinois Plant Breeding Center
The Illinois Plant Breeding Center (IPBC) housed in the Department of Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois is one of the premier programs in the world designed to foster the education of undergraduate and graduate students interested in careers in plant breeding and biotechnology. Currently, the IPBC has a membership of 31 active faculty, six emeritus professors and 67 graduate students making it the largest program for the training of plant breeding professionals in the world.
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