Plant pathology department and Bayer CropScience team to create new graduate student fellowship

Date posted: January 10, 2013

Present for the signing: (seated) Dr. Mark Parrish, director of herbicide, trait, and PGR development, Bayer CropScience; (left to right) Dr. David Monks, interim associate dean and director of the North Carolina Agricultural Research Service; Dr. Eric Davis, Williams Neal Reynolds Professor and director of graduate programs in the Department of Plant Pathology; Dr. James Moyer, department head and professor of plant pathology; Dr. Richard Linton, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; Dr. Mike Schwarz, senior crop development manager, Bayer CropScience; and Dr. Sam Pardue, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences interim associate dean and director.Present for the signing: (seated) Dr. Mark Parrish, director of herbicide, trait, and PGR development, Bayer CropScience; (left to right) Dr. David Monks, interim associate dean and director of the North Carolina Agricultural Research Service; Dr. Eric Davis, Williams Neal Reynolds Professor and director of graduate programs in the Department of Plant Pathology; Dr. James Moyer, department head and professor of plant pathology; Dr. Richard Linton, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; Dr. Mike Schwarz, senior crop development manager, Bayer CropScience; and Dr. Sam Pardue, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences interim associate dean and director.

The Department of Plant Pathology and Bayer CropScience have partnered to establish the Bayer CropScience Fellowship for Graduate Students, a training program designed to prepare students for success in private industry.

One graduate student fellowship will be offered each year for three years, starting with the 2013-14 academic year. In addition to support for the student’s research program, the fellowship will provide an internship at Bayer CropScience.

“We appreciate the Department of Plant Pathology’s willingness to work with us in developing a new model for workforce development that will combine industry training with academic research,” said Dr. Mark Parrish, director of herbicide, trait, and PGR development for Bayer CropScience, at the December signing event. “We are very happy to enter into this partnership with NC State.”

Dr. David Monks, interim associate dean and director of the North Carolina Agricultural Research Service, said at the event, “We are excited about the opportunity this will provide our students to interact with Bayer scientists, learn more about career opportunities and help them see a future for themselves in industry.”

Plant pathology graduate students interested in applying for the fellowship should contact the Department of Plant Pathology.

- S. Stanard

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