University of Oregon

2016 Grad Student Grant awards announced!

Dear UO food studies community,

We are pleased to announce the graduate students and projects that have been selected for this year’s Food Studies Graduate Research Grant:

1. Zachary Clayton, Human Physiology: “The role of Pik3r1 in the regulation of adipose tissue insulin sensitivity.”

2. Kassandra Hishida, Environmental Studies: “Planting Food Justice in School Gardens: Designing and Implementing an Environmental Education Curriculum.”

3. Yi-lun Huang, English: “The Birth of an American Staple Fruit: Reading Bananas from Cookbooks, Recipes, and Home Magazines.”

4. Jared Pruch, Environmental Studies:  “Conservation, Agriculture, and Collaboration: How are Oregon’s Land Trusts Engaging with Young Farmers and Ranchers?”

The awardees will share the results of their research with the UO food studies community next year with a presentation in the “Food Talks” series—watch for announcements!

The Food Studies Awards Committee and Advisory Council hope that students will consider complementing their degree with a UO Food Studies Graduate Specialization. For more details on this new program, please contact Professor Stephen Wooten (

We wish them much success with their research.


The UO Food Studies Graduate Research Awards Committee

(Professor Daniel Buck, Professor Mary Jaeger, and ENVS MA candidate – and 2015 recipient of this award – Deion Jones)