Washington University has received a $930,000 grant from the Monsanto Co. to support graduate student research in life sciences. The grant, to be distributed over the next seven years, will establish a Monsanto graduate fellowship program.
Each year, two graduate students pursuing doctoral degrees in the university’s Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences (DBBS) will be selected as fellows. Life sciences include plant sciences, microbiology, biochemistry, immunology, genetics and other specialties.
Jordan K. Teisher, a doctoral student in evolution, ecology and population biology, and Jeremy D. King, a doctoral student in plant biology, have been named the first Monsanto graduate fellows.
“Through this fellowship program, Monsanto is giving Washington University graduate students a unique opportunity to be exposed to the breadth of research in life sciences,” says Stephen M. Beverley, PhD, the Marvin A. Brennecke Professor of Molecular Microbiology and chair of the executive council of the DBBS.
As fellows, the students will be taught how to run laboratory research programs. They also will have the opportunity to interact with Monsanto scientists to gain experience in a corporate research environment.