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Elite Food and Agriculture Research fellowship goes to UCR doctoral student

Author: Jules Bernstein
August 14, 2019

UC Riverside Environmental Toxicology doctoral student Danielle Stevenson is one of only 17 people nationwide selected as a 2019 Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research, or FFAR, fellow. 

Environmental toxicology PhD student Danielle Stevenson
Environmental Toxicology doctoral student Danielle Stevenson. (UCR / Ilse Ungeheuer)

The fellowship program is run by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University. It offers mentorship to early career scientists from both academic institutions and the private sector over a three-year period. By the end, fellows are primed to become leaders in the food and agriculture industries. 

Stevenson’s fellowship expenses are supported by Corigin, a company that creates sustainable food and agricultural products. The partnership with Corigin was linked by UCR's California Agriculture and Food Enterprise.

Originally from Canada, Stevenson says she came to UC Riverside because of the university’s strong reputation in the agricultural and environmental sciences. 

“I’ve always been interested in the ways pollution impacts agriculture,” she said. 

At UCR, Stevenson works in Assistant Professor Samantha Ying’s soil chemistry lab, studying how fungi could limit the uptake of heavy metals in crops. 

“The FFAR fellowship will help me build connections between science, industry and government so that my research can have maximum positive impact,” she said. “It’s a fantastic opportunity.”