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Ph.D. fellowships available at U of I Plant Breeding Center

Published November 30, 2011

Ph.D. fellowship opportunities in plant breeding are now available at the University of Illinois Plant Breeding Center (IPBC).

To help the IPBC meet the increasing need to develop more well-trained plant breeders, Monsanto has expanded its support by funding eight Monsanto Fellows in Plant Breeding in addition to their previous gift that funded 10 plant breeding fellowships.

"These fellowships represent an investment of more than $100,000, covering tuition and providing a monthly living stipend to each awardee for three years," said Rita Mumm, IPBC Director. "Students can earn this while preparing for an exciting, lucrative career in the high-tech world of genetics and crop improvement."

The IPBC is seeking students with excellent academic credentials who have completed their master's degree in a related science or math area. Students need to apply by Feb. 15, 2012, for full consideration.

"The Monsanto fellowship gifts have been the impetus for numerous upgrades and new resources, including a professional development program and the availability of experiential learning opportunities," Mumm said. "The IPBC currently has 58 students, making it one of the largest plant breeding programs in the nation."