“The Lee Foundation Rice Research Scholarship gave me a great opportunity to attend a PhD Program, which helped me sharpen my academic knowledge and improve my professional research skills.”
Degree/Program: PhD in Plant Pathology / Nematology
Country: United States
Scholarship: Lee Foundation Rice Scholarship
Field of study: Pathology / Nematology
Growing up in the Mekong Delta, an agricultural production area of Vietnam, I am aware that crop yield loss is a burden to farmers. They overuse pesticides as main weapons against causal agents of yield loss. This practice damages the ecosystem, biodiversity, human health and environment. Because of these issues, I became interested in biological control methods, which can sustainably protect crop yield losses.
I graduated BSc in Agronomy in 2008 and became a researcher at the Department of Plant Protection in Can Tho University. In 2010, I received the FVM-FAO Scholarship for pursuing MSc of Agriculture in Szent Istvan University. After graduation, I went back and worked for the Department of Plant Protection as a researcher in entomopathogenic fungi and predators to control Brown Planthopper. In 2014, I was honored to receive the Lee Foundation Rice Research Scholarship to attend the PhD Program in the Department of Crop Sciences at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign from 2014-2019.
The Lee Foundation Rice Research Scholarship gave me a great opportunity to attend a PhD Program in the Department of Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. This helped me sharpen my academic knowledge and improve my professional research skills. Through the scholarships, I have opportunities to approach advance techniques, which are useful and helpful in finding the mechanisms of plant-microorganism-pathogen-insect interactions. Also, the opportunity to be educated in the nematodes discipline that will equip me to become the first Nematologist in the Department of Plant Protection at Can Tho University. It is very important for me to become a lecturer and researcher in Nematology because it is considered high-demand by Can Tho University.