GRADUATE STUDENTS Named International Fellows
HELPING DOMESTIC GRADUATE STUDENTS connect with and learn from international graduate students is just one more way Colorado State University is expanding its global footprint. CSU’s International Presidential Fellows Program is offered to 25 international graduate students or domestic students with strong international research interests at CSU. This year, two College of Agricultural Sciences graduate students were named International Presidential Fellows. Jillian Lang and Brad Tonnessen, both doctoral students in the Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management, will take part in a number of enrichment activities that are part of the fellowship program including a welcome luncheon, three to four campus events, such as laboratory tours, special lectures, and artistic performances, as well as an end-of-the-year recognition lunch hosted by CSU President Tony Frank. For Lang, the opportunity to interact with peers she might not otherwise have met is one of the program’s most exciting features. “I think it’s important for CSU to foster this type of platform to discover where mutual interests lie and what larger outcomes can be gained by our colleagues who are, quite literally, next door,” said Lang. Lang is currently in France as part of a prestigious Chateaubriand Fellowship, which has allowed her to build additional relationships with researchers overseas and is enhancing U.S.-France collaborations in molecular plant pathology. Tonnessen also sees tremendous value in connecting with other graduate students across campus. “Becoming a member of the International Presidential Fellows has helped me realize that I’m not alone, and many people share my passion for changing the global trends through empowerment and education, which, in my case, is keeping food
sources secure,” said Tonnessen. Tonnessen has developed research projects with the International Rice Institute in the Philippines, projects that inspired him to apply to the International Fellows program. University Distinguished Professor Jan Leach, professor of bioagricultural sciences, works with both Lang and Tonnessen. “Jillian has demonstrated a deep commitment to international agriculture, from focusing her research on ways to improve productivity of internationally important crops to training international scientists in the applications of techniques she has developed,” said Leach. “The honor of being an International Fellow is a great opportunity for Brad to enrich his knowledge of international agriculture,” Leach added. “This fits with Brad’s research goal – the application of his knowledge of computational biology and plant pathology to help develop rice with long-lasting disease resistance.” The 2014-2015 class of CSU International Presidential Fellows includes students and visiting scholars from 20 countries including the United States, Australia, Egypt, Morocco, Denmark, India, Mongolia, Thailand, and China among a number of other countries.
CSU’s International Presidential Fellows Program is offered to 25 international graduate students or domestic students with strong international research interests at CSU.
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