LSU AgCenter Faculty Member Receives Fulbright Scholar Award

Carl Motsenbocker, Merrill, Thomas A.  |  4/19/2005 10:29:01 PM

News Release Distributed 5/11/04

An LSU AgCenter faculty member will conduct research and lecture overseas this summer as a result of a Fulbright Scholar award.

Carl Motsenbocker, an associate professor in the LSU AgCenter’s Department of Horticulture, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture and conduct research at Kasetsart University in Thailand during the 2004-05 academic year, according to the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

An experienced teacher and researcher, Motsenbocker will lecture in vegetable crops physiology and cultural practices at the university as well as conduct research at the Tropical Vegetable Research Center from late May through early October. He is one of approximately 800 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad to some 140 countries during the 2004-05 academic year through the Fulbright Scholar Program.

Motsenbocker, who has been in the LSU AgCenter since 1991, holds doctoral and master’s degrees in horticultural science from North Carolina State University and a bachelor’s degree in plant science from Cornell University.

He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand in the early 1980s, conducted some vegetable crop research there about four years ago and says this trip will allow him to go back and do more work in agriculture there.

"The research proposal is to do some work with peppers there," said Motsenbocker, who also has worked extensively with the peppers that are staples in Louisiana. "Peppers are important in our food here, and they’re also important in Thai food, as well."

Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Scholar Program’s purpose is to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries.

The Fulbright Program, America’s flagship international educational exchange activity, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Over its 57 years of existence, thousands of U.S. faculty and professionals have studied, taught or done research abroad, and thousands of their counterparts from other countries have engaged in similar activities in the United States. They are among more than 250,000 American and foreign university students, K-12 teachers and university faculty and professionals who have participated in one of the several Fulbright exchange programs.

Recipients of Fulbright Scholar awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement and because they have demonstrated extraordinary leadership potential in their fields.

Among thousands of prominent Fulbright Scholar alumni are Milton Friedman, Nobel Prize-winning economist; Alan Leshner, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); Rita Dove, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet; and Craig Barrett, CEO of Intel Corp.


Contact:   Carl Motsenbocker at (225) 578-1036 
Writer:      Tom Merrill at (225) 578-5896 or


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