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10 graduate students earned CAST scholarships for science communications

CAST — Council for Agricultural Science and Technology

CAST represents science societies and scientists from public and private institutions

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Ten graduate students from the University of Arkansas' Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences have earned scholarships from the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology.

All 10, including seven doctoral students and three master's degree students, are receiving the CAST Science Communication Scholarship.

The recipients are food science doctoral students Thadeus Beekman, Rebecca Bruce, Zephania Odek and Angela Tacinelli; plant science doctoral students Andrea Sierra Mejia and Kathryn Haydon; and agricultural, food and life science doctoral student Juanita Gil Bedoya.

Master's degree recipients are Annegret Jannasch and Pauline Morin in food science; and Derrick Harrison in crop, soil and environmental sciences.

The scholarship is to encourage students researching agriculture-related topics to engage with nonscientists through creative digital communication. All 10 submitted either a short video, podcast or infographic explaining a story about or an aspect of their research. See their submissions here.

The group was recognized Wednesday at the CAST annual meeting, held at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s Don Tyson Center for Agricultural Sciences in Fayetteville.

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology, the science source for food, agricultural and environmental issues, assembles, interprets and communicates credible, balanced, science-based information to policymakers, the media, the private sector and the public. The council was established in 1972 as the result of a meeting sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council.

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