Brazilian Science Without Borders Program brings students to the LSU College of Agriculture and AgCenter

Lawrence Datnoff, Benedict, Linda F., Bogren, Richard C.  |  6/15/2018 2:29:54 PM

Rick Bogren and Lawrence Datnoff

Five doctoral students from Brazil are studying in the LSU College of Agriculture through a program called Science Without Borders.

The students and their professors are: Natasha Ruschel Soares, with Gregg Pettis in the Department of Biological Sciences and Chris Clark in the Department of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology; Tiago Lelis, with Jong Ham in the Department of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology; Monique Ferreira, with Jeff Davis in the Department of Entomology; Flavia Bastos Agostinho, with Brenda Tubana in the School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences; and Joseph Mikhae, with Jim Wang in the School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences.

The Brazilian Science Without Borders Program is a nationwide scholarship program primarily funded by the Brazilian federal government. The program seeks to strengthen and expand Brazilian education in the areas of science and technology by providing opportunities for international study to undergraduate and graduate students and researchers. The program is a joint effort of the Brazilian Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Science and Technology.

Rick Bogren is a professor in LSU AgCenter Communications and associate editor of Louisiana Agriculture magazine, and Lawrence Datnoff is a professor and head of the Department of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology.

Editor's Note: In 2017, the Brazilian Ministry of Education officially canceled this program but is allowing the nearly 4,000 students already in the program to continue. Read more information at Brazil shutting down Science Without Borders.

(This article appears in the spring 2018 issue of Louisiana Agriculture.)

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Several doctoral students from Brazil have come to LSU AgCenter departments to conduct research through the Science Without Borders program. Three of the students participating now are, from left, entomology student Monique de Souza; School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences student Joseph Elias R. Mikhael; and plant pathology student Tiago Lelis. Not pictured are: Natasha Ruschel Soares, in plant pathology, and Flavia Bastos Agostinho, in agronomy. Photo by Olivia McClure

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