Ph.D. Student Selected For 2023-2026 FFAR Fellow Program

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Abbeah Mae Navasca, Ph.D. graduate student in the Department of Plant Pathology, has been selected to participate in the 2023-2026 FFAR Fellow Program. She is the first student from NDSU to receive this prestigious award. The highly competitive fellowship focuses on providing exceptional professional development and career guidance to cultivate the next generation of food and agricultural scientists. Navasca’s research focuses on the ability of Fusarium species to acquire and adapt genomic regions for pathogenicity in response to crop rotation. Her major advisors are Dr. Thomas Baldwin and Dr. Gary Secor. Navasca's research goal is to improve crop rotation strategies through a deeper understanding of these biological mechanisms. Read more about Abbeah here.