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Cereal science doctoral student earns award at national meeting

Cereal science doctoral student Hazila Khalid won the People’s Choice Award for best poster at the 2015 NC-213 Annual Meeting of the U.S. Quality Grains Research Consortium. The meeting took place Feb. 18-19 in Kansas City, Missouri, concurrent with the Wheat Quality Council annual meeting.

This is the first year a graduate student poster competition was held during the meeting. Wheat Quality Council industry members voted for the best poster of their choice and the award was given based on the number of votes received during the conference.

The title of Khalid’s poster was “Whole Wheat Milling of Hard Red Spring Wheat.” It was her first presentation in the U.S. She also was offered an opportunity to work on a cooperative research project with an international seed quality company while she completes her graduate degree.

Khalid is researching whole-wheat milling and bread quality, bran components and genotype x environment effect on whole wheat bread quality. Her adviser is Senay Simsek, associate professor in wheat end quality. Other co-writers were Frank Manthey, professor in milling and durum end use quality, and Jae-Bom Ohm, USDA adjunct professor.

NC-213 is a project team of engineers, scientists and economists from leading U.S. land-grant universities and government research centers that conducts research to create and disseminate the technical knowledge needed to manage quality food safety and bio-security efficiently in world grain. Simsek has been the North Dakota representative on the NC-213 Executive Committee for five years and just completed a year as chair.

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