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Monsanto Awards $6,000 Grant for Student Travel to Serbia

WC Students Will Present Science Research at International Symposium

February 4, 2012

Monsanto's Brad Miller (left) presents a $6,000 check to assist students' travel to Serbia to Alfred Conklin, professor of chemistry and agriculture, while two of the students that will present their research at an international symposium, Jessica Fraley (left) and Jessica Veite, look on.

Monsanto's Brad Miller (left) presents a $6,000 check to assist students' travel to Serbia to Alfred Conklin, professor of chemistry and agriculture, while two of the students that will present their research at an international symposium, Jessica Fraley (left) and Jessica Veite, look on.

Monsanto Company awarded Wilmington College a $6,000 grant to fund travel for five students and an instructor so they may attend the International Undergraduate Research Symposium (IURS) in Serbia in May.

The grant was presented to representatives from the College at a luncheon Feb. 1.

The International Undergraduate Research Symposium is a weeklong meeting that provides opportunities for undergraduate students to present their undergraduate research, providing a solid foundation for students to conduct graduate work in the sciences upon receiving a bachelor’s degree.

Senior Jessica Veite, a veteran of the 2010 symposium in the Philippines and 2011 at WC, is looking forward to this year’s event in Central Europe.

“My participation in IURS has been invaluable to my education,” she said. “The experiences that I had when I traveled to the Philippines in 2010, as well the symposium held at Wilmington College, which was supported by Monsanto, enabled me to grow both intellectually and as a person.

“I am definitely looking forward to the fifth symposium to be held at the University of Belgrade in Serbia.”

Brad Miller, a Monsanto territory agronomist representing DEKALB and Asgrow Brands and a 1992 Wilmington College graduate, supported the donation and was happy that the college was able to receive these funds.

“Monsanto is proud to support the undergraduate scientists at Wilmington College,” 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.”

Last year Monsanto supported the IURS by bringing in two research scientists to present on biotechnology and facilitate hands-on research demonstrations with students.

Dr. Alfred Conklin, professor of chemistry and agriculture, is a co-founder of the symposium and will accompany the students to Serbia. He expressed his appreciation for Monsanto’s partnership.

“Students have benefited greatly from the generosity of Monsanto in supporting IURS,” he said. “Last year’s support provided students and faculty attending IURS the benefit of superb presentations by Monsanto employees. In addition the workshop carried out by Monsanto researchers was educational and held the attention and active participation of students and faculty alike.

“This year’s support will again allow students to present their research findings in an international form, attend a workshop and broaden and expand their cultural and historical knowledge.”