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College Receives $7,000 Grant from Monsanto Company to Fund Student Research Travel

Science Students to Present Research in Philippines in May

March 13, 2013

Pictured from the left are: Jacob Barrett, Nina Veite, Dr. Alfred Conklin Jr. (professor of chemistry and agriculture), Monsanto's Brad A. Miller and Nate Godby.

Pictured from the left are: Jacob Barrett, Nina Veite, Dr. Alfred Conklin Jr. (professor of chemistry and agriculture), Monsanto's Brad A. Miller and Nate Godby.

Wilmington College was awarded a grant from the Monsanto Company, to fund travel for five students and two instructors attending the International Undergraduate Research Symposium (IURS) to be held at Tarlac State University in the Philippines. The $7,000 grant was presented to representatives from the college at a ceremony on Friday, March 1.

The International Undergraduate Research Symposium is a week-long meeting that provides opportunities for undergraduate students studying chemistry to do research and network with researchers, providing a solid foundation for students to conduct graduate work in the sciences upon receiving a bachelor’s degree.

"Traveling to the Philippines to present my research alongside undergraduate peers from around the world is an incredible opportunity and one not afforded to many college students anywhere,” said Nate Godby, Wilmington College student and IURS participant. “I am grateful to Monsanto for helping make this trip-of-lifetime possible."

Brad Miller, Wilmington College graduate and a technical agronomist representing Monsanto’s DEKALB and Asgrow brands, was thrilled that Monsanto was able to support the college and its research program.

“As a company deeply rooted in science and agriculture, Monsanto is proud to support Wilmington College and its students that are so passionate about advancing technology, which can have applications in agriculture and other science disciplines,” said Miller. “As an alum, I’ve seen first-hand the quality research program the college has and it is my hope that someday soon I’ll be working alongside these students at Monsanto.”

Through this financial support, Monsanto will provide assistance to cover student travel. In addition, Monsanto has supported past IURS programs through on-site presentations by Monsanto researchers on biotechnology, and facilitating hands-on demonstrations and interaction with the participating students. Last year Monsanto funded travel expenses for five students and an instructor to attend the IURS program held in Serbia.