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Cereal science graduate student receives fellowship



Maneka Malalgoda, a graduate student in the NDSU cereal science graduate program, was awarded the Charles Becker Graduate Student Fellowship by the American Association of Cereal Chemists International for the 2016-17 academic year. Malalgoda recently completed her master’s degree in cereal science, and began work on her doctorate this summer.

Her adviser is Senay Simsek, the Bert L. D'Appolonia Cereal Science and Technology of Wheat Endowed Associate Professor in the Department of Plant Sciences.

Recipients of the fellowship are selected based on their involvement and commitment to the association, good academic standing, number of publications and presentations, quality of research, contributions toward the advancement of cereal science and potential for having a successful career in cereal research.

The fellowship encourages research in the area of grain science, and are funded through an endowment of the AACCI Foundation.

Charles A. Becker was a strong supporter of the association and played a key role in the establishment of the AACCI Foundation. He chaired the organization’s Endowment/Scholarship Committee, which was created in 1989.

The association is a global, nonprofit organization of scientists and professionals in the food industry. Its goal is to advance the understanding and knowledge of cereal science and its product development applications through research, leadership, education, superior technical services and advocacy.

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