Celena Alford Fulbright Scholar

N.C. A&T Student Receives Fulbright Grant

Celena Alford of North Carolina A&T has been awarded a Fulbright Study/Research Grant to the Philippines for the 2015‐16 academic year.

Alford is a senior biological engineering major from Greensboro.

She will be conducting research on conservation agriculture and soil quality at the University of the Philippines-Los Banos, a connection facilitated by Dr. Manuel Reyes of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Design.

Alford has taken part in several undergraduate research projects, including one with the Organization for Tropical Studies in Sarapiqui, Costa Rica, where she studied the mutually beneficial activities and relationships between ants and plants.

At A&T, she has served as the secretary for the American Association of Biological Engineers chapter and has conducted research in the biological engineering program. She is also a recipient of the Dowdy Scholarship.

After the completion of her Fulbright grant, Alford plans to pursue a master’s degree in biological engineering, with an ultimate goal of working with water resources and agricultural in developing countries.

"Earning this Fulbright Grant award is an outstanding achievement,” said Dr. Robin Coger, dean of the College of Engineering. “Celena’s commitment to using her knowledge as an engineer to make a global impact exemplifies the well-rounded, high-achieving leaders that our university is dedicated to producing.

“I want to thank the faculty in the College of Engineering, the faculty in the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences and the many faculty and staff across our university whose mentorship and support have helped Celena to achieve this honor.”

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. It is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.