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May 24, 2021
By Robby Edwards, Director of CommunicationsDale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Three graduate students in food science at the U of A have received
2021 scholarships through Feeding Tomorrow: The Foundation of the Institute of Food
Tad Beekman received the IFT Sensory and Consumer Sciences Division Silver Celebration
Ph.D. Scholarship, which is given to one doctoral student annually.
Rebecca Bruce received the IFT Institute Thermal Processing Specialists Ph.D. Degree
Asmita Singh received the IFT Feeding Tomorrow General Graduate Scholarship.
All three are doctoral candidates in U of A’s Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural,
Food and Life Sciences.
Beekman, who has earned a Distinguished Doctoral Fellowship at the U of A Graduate
School and International Education, placed second in the 2019 Arkansas Chapter Gamma
Sigma Delta Ph.D. Poster Contest and won the Evergreen Award for Outstanding Presentation
that Develops or Expands a Method at the National Conference for Sensory Professionals
Bruce’s paper, “Physicochemical and Functional Properties of Medium-Sized Broken Rice
Kernels and Their Potential in Instant Rice Production,” written with other members
of the department of food science, was named an “editor’s pick” by the Cereals & Grains
Association and earned a Doctoral Academy Fellowship from the U of A Graduate School
and International Education. She also placed third in the 2021 Gamma Sigma Delta Ph.D.
Oral Presentation Contest where she presented on engineering novel technologies for
Singh has been investigating how autism spectrum disorders affect sensory perception
of and behavior toward foods. She was selected as an “Early Career Researcher” at
the 2019 Pangborn Sensory Science Symposium in Edinburgh, Scotland, and placed second
in the Rose Marie Pangborn Graduate Student Oral Competition at the annual meeting
of the IFT in 2020.
Both Beekman and Singh’s adviser is associate professor Han-Seok Seo, and Bruce’s
adviser is associate professor Griffiths Atungulu, both researchers and scientists
with the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station, the research arm of the U of A
System Division of Agriculture.
The Institute of Food Technologists Foundation, Feeding Tomorrow, offers a variety
of scholarships for freshman, undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree
in various disciplines within the science of food.
To learn more about Division of Agriculture research, visit the Arkansas Agricultural
Experiment Station website: https://aaes.uark.edu. Follow us on Twitter at @ArkAgResearch.
About the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences: Bumpers College provides life-changing opportunities to position and prepare graduates
who will be leaders in the businesses associated with foods, family, the environment,
agriculture, sustainability and human quality of life; and who will be first-choice
candidates of employers looking for leaders, innovators, policy makers and entrepreneurs.
The college is named for Dale Bumpers, former Arkansas governor and longtime U.S.
senator who made the state prominent in national and international agriculture. For
more information about Bumpers College, visit our website, and follow us on Twitter at @BumpersCollege and Instagram at BumpersCollege.
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen
agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption
of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative
Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work
within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas
System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension
and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity,
sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran
status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative
Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.