The College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR), at the University of Hawaiâ€˜i at MÄnoa has received $20,000 from the Monsanto Fund, a private foundation and the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company, to support salaries and materials for â€œGene-ius Day.â€ Gene-ius Day is a special program that introduces students from grade 4 through 12 to basic genetics and the function of DNA.
â€œCTAHR is pleased to team up with the Monsanto Fund to build a shared learning experience about basic genetics,â€ said Dr. Ania Wieczorek, founder and director of Gene-ius Day and associate specialist in biotechnology, Biotechnology Outreach Program (CTAHR). â€œA primary goal of the Gene-ius Day Program is to build a strong understanding of basic genetics at the elementary school level so that teachers are able to present increasingly complex biotechnology topics in the upper grades.â€
â€œWeâ€™re thrilled the Monsanto Fund is able to support Gene-ius Day, which not only teaches science, but encourages students to imagine themselves as scientists,â€ said Dr. Fred Perlak, vice president of research and business operations for Monsanto HawaiÊ»i, and an award-winning microbiologist. â€œMonsanto is proud to employ thousands of scientists and other talented employees who use science and technology in their daily work. I hope many of the students who participate in Gene-ius Day will go on to pursue great careers in the sciences.â€
The Monsanto Fund has provided a number of grants to schools and environmental nonprofits in Hawaiâ€˜i in support of science education and conservation efforts. Monsanto Hawaiâ€˜i additionally offers scholarships to students pursuing post-secondary degrees in science and agricultural technologies, and sponsors science fairs and other educational programs.
Monsantoâ€™s farm stations in Hawaiâ€˜i work to develop better-quality seeds that will help farmers grow yield sustainably so the farmers can be successful; produce healthier foods, better animal feeds and more fiber; and help reduce agricultureâ€™s impact on our environment. The company recently completed a new employee building and 69,000 square foot seed facility at its Kunia Research Station on Oâ€˜ahu.
For more information on how you can support CTAHR, please contact Leslie Lewis at (808) 956-9702 orÂ Leslie.Lewis@uhfoundation.org. You can also make a give onlineÂ http://www.uhfoundation.org/GivetoCTAHR.