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August 23, 2021

Agronomy doctoral candidate Nida Ghori named 2021 Borlaug Scholar

Submitted by Nida Ghori

Nida Ghori; 2021 Borlaug Scholar

Nida Ghori, Kansas State University doctoral candidate in agronomy, has been named a 2021 Borlaug Scholar by the National Association of Plant Breeders.

The award program for graduate students is established by the association and funded through the Agronomic Science Foundation. The program looks to develop the next generation of plant breeding leaders who are attending U.S. universities and are looking to enter the workforce in less than two years. One of the other benefits of being a Borlaug Scholar is being paired with a professional National Association of Plant Breeders member who serves as a mentor for one year.

Ghori joined K-State as a Fulbright scholar in 2017. She is working on map-based cloning of Hessian fly resistance gene in wheat under the direction of Guihua Bai and Allan Fritz from the agronomy department. During the past four years, she has received several travel grants and awards to present her research at national and international professional conferences. She is looking forward to her graduation in 2022.

"To see my name linked with Borlaug and identified myself as one of the best students in my field is a great honor for me, Ghori said. "It will provide me an opportunity to groom myself as a researcher and establish new connections with other great scientists." 

Ghori received the award at the annual meeting of the National Association of Plant Breeders, Aug. 15-19, hosted by Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.