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Meet Our Students
AgBioFEWS Fellows are Ph.D. candidates across multidisciplinary fields of study. In addition to their primary graduate program, Fellows also earn a graduate minor in Genetic Engineering and Society and:
- Embark on their studies embedded with NC farms, with later opportunities for international internships
- Collaborate on an interdisciplinary cohort project
- Take advanced interdisciplinary graduate courses and incorporate AgBioFEWS into thesis
Applications for the 2020 Fellowship Cohort will open in the fall of 2019. Please contact us if you would like information on other ways to participate in the program.
2019 PhD Cohort Fellows
Michelle received a B.S. as an Applied Mathematics major with a concentration in Computer Science and a minor in Biology at Marist College in 2019. For her Honors Thesis at Marist College, she detected and localized marine mammals in the Indian Ocean using passive acoustic monitoring techniques, which minimizes potential harm to the animals while informing conservation efforts.
A Birmingham, Alabama native, Carrie Clower graduated from The University of Alabama in 2017 with a B.A. degree in Political Science and Communication Studies, then earned her M.A. in Communication Studies the following year.
Allison received her B.S. in Plant Science with a focus in plant breeding from Cornell University in 2018. At Cornell she conducted research in Dr. Gary Bergstrom’s plant pathology lab, culminating in the thesis “Mixed species intercropping mitigates plant disease in organic forage systems.”
Currently Dalton is a PhD student at North Carolina State University in the Forestry and Environmental Resources department, and an affiliate of the Genetic Engineering and Society Center. He has a B.S. from Michigan State University, where he majored in Molecular Biology and Minored in the History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science. He earned his M.S. at Drexel University in Science, Technology, and Society Studies, with focused research interests on the social and political dimensions of gene editing.
Eli was a Robertson Scholar as an undergraduate, which allowed simultaneous enrollment at Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill. He focused on ecology and evolution at Duke, while graduating with a B.A. in linguistics at UNC. He also has a credential in business via Harvard Business School online.
Nassib holds a B.S. in Agriculture and a M.S. in Agricultural Extension Education from Makerere University-Uganda. For the past five years he has been working at the National Crops Resources Research Institute in Uganda, where he spent most of his time in educational and outreach engagements on biotechnology especially among smallholder farmers.
Daniela holds a B.A. in Agronomy from the Federal University of Santa Maria in Brazil and an M.S. from the University of Minnesota, where she conducted a 9-state multi-year project to address important questions related to the increased threat posed by stink bugs to soybean farmers.
Casey has undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and English Literature as well as Master’s degrees in Applied Economics and Financial Mathematics. Casey is a second-year doctoral student in Natural Resource Economics at NC State University.