Vandals named Borlaug Fellows

Thursday, October 18 2012


Two University of Idaho graduate students, Oscar Abelleira and Sara Galbraith, have received research grants from a Purdue University research center leading efforts to develop the next generation of scientists and engineers to help solve world hunger. 
 
Abelleira, a graduate student in natural resources, is researching water transpiration rates in native forests and teak plantations and their effect on streamflow in Costa Rica. Galbraith, a graduate student in entomology, is studying the impact of land use on bee populations in Costa Rica. 

The Purdue Center for Global Food Security announced it is awarding $444,250 in grants to graduate students at 14 US universities. A total of 23 research grants were awarded for student projects in 18 countries as part of the US Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security Program. The funding is through a five-year, $5 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development. 

The grants for students at the 14 universities range from $7,000 to $40,000 and are intended to provide support for overseas research projects leading to a master's or doctoral degree, Gary Burniske, managing director of the Purdue Center for Global Food Security, said. 
 
Borlaug, an agronomist and humanitarian who died in 2009, is called the father of the "green revolution." He is credited with saving millions of lives worldwide by developing high-yielding, disease-resistant wheat varieties. For his work, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970. 
 
The Center for Global Food Security, led by distinguished Purdue professor Gebisa Ejeta, was launched in the university's Discovery Park in 2010 to take up one of the world's most pressing challenges: getting enough food to people who need it the most today and producing enough to meet even greater future demands.