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UCO Professor Awarded Grant from U.S. Department of Agriculture

Headshot of Kanika Bhargava, Ph.D., associate professor in the Human Environmental Sciences Department at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Dec. 21, 2018

Media Contact: Rachel Baugh, Communications and Public Relations Coordinator, UCO College of Education and Professional Studies, 405-974-2106, rbaugh@uco.edu

UCO Professor Awarded Grant from U.S. Department of Agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) recently awarded a $149,000 grant to Kanika Bhargava, Ph.D., associate professor in the Human Environmental Sciences Department at the University of Central Oklahoma.

The grant, titled "Enhancing Food Science Capacity through Transformative Learning Experiences in Education and Research," will be used to update laboratory equipment, integrate research experiments into curriculum and investigate new technology in the field of food science.

"This funding offers an excellent opportunity to enhance the food science department's capacity at UCO,” Bhargava said.

“Students will now receive more hands-on experience in cutting-edge food science equipment and food safety research."

Successful completion of this project will result in a greater number of multidisciplinary professionals trained in nutrition, food science and dietetics to meet the needs of the food and agriculture workforce in the U.S.

The proposal was made on behalf of a collaborative effort from the UCO College of Education and Professional Studies and the UCO Department of Biology.

For more information on Central’s College of Education and Professional Studies or the nutrition and food science program, visit www.uco.edu/ceps.

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Cutline: The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) recently awarded a $149,000 grant to Kanika Bhargava, Ph.D., associate professor in the Human Environmental Sciences Department at the University of Central Oklahoma. The grant will be used to update laboratory equipment, integrate research experiments into curriculum and investigate new technology in the field of food science.