Purdue University Student to help fight food insecurities in Kenya

Through the Boren Fellowship Scholarship program, Biological engineering student Margaret Hegwood traveled to Eldoret earlier this month.

Posted: Sep 20, 2019 5:28 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Through the Boren Fellowship Scholarship program, Biological engineering student Margaret Hegwood traveled to Eldoret earlier this month.

There she will work in University laboratories as well as in the field for four months.
Her goal is to learn the native language and work on her master's thesis.

Professor John Lumkes said sending students out in the field is just as important as learning in the classroom.

”So, to prepare students to work with other cultures and particularly to travel and interact and learn to appreciate and enjoy other cultures is a huge part," said Lumkes.

Hegwood's goal for her future is to become a biological engineer and to help enhance other countries infrastructure for healthy food.

“Margaret is remarkable in the sense that she wants to learn and enjoy new cultures- but just as importantly, kind of thinks about how it changes her own culture," said Lumkes.

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