Molly Bergum, a double major in Plant Science and Biology, Society and Environment, has been selected for a Fulbright award to the United Kingdom.
The Fulbright scholarship will support Molly during her first year studying plant and microbial sciences as a Ph.D. student at The Sainsbury Laboratory and the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. Molly’s interest in plant science research was developed through research experiences in the Department of Plant Pathology, USDA-ARS Cereal Disease Laboratory, and Department of Horticultural Science. She became interested in The Sainsbury Laboratory under the mentorship of her honors thesis adviser, Dr. Brian Steffenson. The Fulbright Program began in 1946 under the leadership of Senator J. William Fulbright and aimed to promote international goodwill after World War II. Today, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program enables students to undertake graduate school, research, or teaching experiences in countries around the world, engaging in cultural exchanges that can lead to improved mutual understandings between countries. Molly is in the University Honors Program and completed a thesis entitled: “Fungal endophytes of foxtail barley and their ability to inhibit Fusarium graminearum growth in vitro”. She will graduate from the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences with the class of 2020.