Hongrui Wang, a doctoral candidate in horticulture, creates useful tools that can help grape growers manage their crops.

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Fellowship helps doctoral candidate improve grapevines’ climate resilience

A fellowship funded by an anonymous donor is helping doctoral candidate Hongrui Wang safeguard the future of grape growing in New York state.

Supported by the Bruce Reisch 1976 Graduate Fellowship in Grapevine Improvement, Wang is able to delve into the most pressing research questions about climate-related threats to grape growing. The fellowship was established in 2021 and provides graduate student recipients with tuition, fees, insurance and a stipend throughout the course of their graduate studies. The gift, named in honor of Professor Bruce Reisch ’76, will fund one student at a time in perpetuity.

“The most important aspect of the fellowship is that it allows me to develop research projects based on my interest and my understanding of research gaps with the aim to improve the sustainability of the grape industry,” said Wang.

Read more on the Graduate School website.

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