IBS graduate named finalist in the Presidential Management Fellows Program


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (June 17, 2014) — Dr. Venus Welch-White has been chosen as a 2014 Presidential Management Fellowship finalist. This two-year fellowship with the federal government is a development program aimed at creating a team of potential government leaders.

“This is an outstanding opportunity for early career professionals to gain leadership skills, professional development and mentorship in the federal government,” she said.

Welch-White is a 2013 graduate of the Integrative Biosciences Ph.D. Program. She completed her graduate research in toxicology and nutrition. She currently conducts research on food systems, education and policy in the College of Agriculture, Environment and Nutrition Sciences. 

The fellowship will include 160 hours of training in areas such as leadership, management and policy; developmental assignments, promotion potential, and immediate transfer to a permanent or term position upon completion of the program. Welch-White is awaiting placement for her training. 

Although the fellowship has been in existence for more than 30 years, Welch-White is among the first finalists for a new PMF-STEM track. This pilot track is hoped to help identify and train future science, technology, engineering, and mathematics leaders in the government.

“It is my sincere desire to contribute my scientific skills and interdisciplinary training toward viable solutions, specifically within the field of agriculture, while upholding the strategic plans of our national leaders,” Welch-White said. “I am excited as I embark on this new endeavor in my career and grateful for the education and mentorship I have received while at Tuskegee University.” 

To read more about the Presidential Management Fellowship, go to: www.pmf.gov

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