The National Association of Plant Breeders (NAPB) has announced the 12 outstanding students being recognized for the 2019 class of NAPB Borlaug Scholars. The NAPB Borlaug Scholarship awards are given to exceptional students aspiring to a career in the field of Plant Breeding and Genetics and who have a strong desire to contribute to the improvement of the plants that we all depend upon for our daily needs.
Daniel Sweeney, graduate student in the program of Mark Sorrells, was awarded a NAPB Borlaug Graduate Scholarship. Sweeney’s research focuses on genomic selection methods to rapidly improve malting barley germplasm for production in New York State with a focus on disease, agronomic, and malting quality traits. He is also interested in high-throughput malt quality phenotyping.
Elizabeth De Meyer, recipient of a NAPB Borlaug Undergraduate Scholarship, is a Plant Sciences major in the Class of ’19. She has researched grain morphology loci in wheat as part of an undergraduate honors thesis in the Sorrells program. De Meyer will be completing her B.S. in December, after which she plans to pursue a PhD focused on development of improved plant varieties with novel traits.