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Lee, Dr. Virginia “Change the World” Fellowship

Posted by nitcy | February 28, 2013

Virginia Gale Lee was awarded an honorary Doctor of Philosophy in Molecular Plant Sciences at Washington State University on December 13, 2010.  Dr. Lee was hooded by Dr. Michael Pumphrey, Assistant Professor in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, with whom she worked while studying resistance to globally important rust diseases of wheat including the stem rust pathogen Ug99.  Dr. Lee’s research interests focus on using plant breeding and genetics to improve crop prductivity and stability in development nations.  She was awarded the Ph.D. degree because of her potential as a scientist, her commitment to making a difference in this workd, and the tremendous impact she has already had on plant science education at WSU.  Dr. Lee, 24, passed away on December 31, 2010 following a battle with cancer.

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