Monsanto’s Beachell-Borlaug International Scholars Program Awards 12 Fellowships to Support the Next Generation of Scientific Leaders Working to Improve Rice and Wheat Breeding

Oct 15, 2013 4:30 PM ET
Press Release

DES MOINES, Iowa, October 15, 2013 /3BL Media/--As the 2013 Borlaug Dialogue get ready to commence, Monsanto’s Beachell-Borlaug International Scholars Program (MBBISP) unveils the fifth set of fellowship recipients, awarding 12 young scientists with fellowships.

MBBISP is named in honor and celebration of the accomplishments of Henry Beachell, Ph.D., and Norman Borlaug, Ph.D., two preeminent plant breeders in rice and wheat, respectively, whose research has been instrumental in reducing hunger for billions of people relying on these key staple crops for their daily nutrition.

“The Beachell-Borlaug scholars have an important undertaking and an incredible opportunity ahead of them,” said Ted Crosbie, Ph.D., vice president, Integrated Farming Systems at Monsanto Company and long-time plant breeder. “I am confident that these scholars will work diligently to further rice and wheat production improvements.”

With the addition of the latest class of scholars, MBBISP has supported 64 students from 25 different countries since its formation in 2009. Of the 12 recipients honored with this year’s fellowship, seven are women and five are men. This year’s fellowship recipients are citizens of 10 different countries, including Argentina, Bangladesh, Colombia, Egypt, India, Iran, Kenya, Mali, Pakistan and Uruguay.

A complete listing of the winners and their projects is available on the MBBISP Web page and to view a video interview with Julie Borlaug about the program, click here.

To date, Monsanto’s total program investment for MBBISP equals $13 million, which will fund the program through 2016.

The program is administered by Texas AgriLife Research, an agency of the Texas A&M University System. Students are selected by a panel of preeminent judges representing some of the most accomplished scientific leaders in rice and wheat breeding. Ed Runge, Ph.D., Monsanto Beachell-Borlaug International Scholars Program Director, chairs the independent panel of global judges. Runge also serves as the Billie B. Turner Chair in Production Agronomy (Emeritus) within the Soil and Crop Sciences Department at Texas A&M University at College Station.

The program will begin accepting applications for 2014 on November 1, 2013. Students interested in applying to the program can find more details at Applications will be accepted until February 1, 2014.

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Billy Brennan