Graduate Student’s visit to Brazil
Loren Ariza, graduate student with Dr. Xianming Chen, was part of a group of ten students and four faculty members from CAHNRS and the Honors College spent just over two weeks traveling in Brazil. We visited São Paulo, Campinas, Piricaba, and Manaus. The purpose of the trip was to become submerged in the culture, socially and academically, to gain a better understanding of Brazil’s thriving agriculture and economy, and to give students experience with international travel. This was accomplished through visits to universities, institutes, and industrial companies where they attended lectures and interacted with students, faculty, and industry professionals. The group also had several guides along the way to help us learn various aspects of the culture to better understand and communicate with Brazilian people including art, music food, and language. To facilitate in this task, they began with São Paulo, Brazil’s largest city, and ended up spending time with a small community in the Amazon forest just south of the agricultural port of Manaus. Throughout the trip, Loren was able to talk about his research on stripe rust to a diverse range of people, and gave a short presentation about it to a group of students at UNICAMP University in Campinas. While in Brazil, his group served as ambassadors of WSU as they worked hard to build relationships with people from universities and businesses to open up future academic and professional opportunities for both Brazilian and WSU students.