The flagship component of the FFAR Fellowship is the week-long annual Residential Session.
Each week is designed to build on the prior sessions and to advance student non-technical skills and knowledge. Session 1: Self Discovery, is held at North Carolina State University (NCSU) for each incoming cohort. The photo gallery below is from the August 2018 and 2019 sessions held for the 2018-2022 and 2019-2023 cohorts. The third cohort will be in session at NCSU August 2-7, 2020.
The host university for Residential Session 2: System Components is Purdue University.
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture in Washington, D.C., will co-host Session 3: Big Picture.
In addition to three residential sessions, students train and network in conjunction with two meetings of the University Industry Consortium, a group of agriculture and life science companies and universities.
The residential session was amazing, I loved it – all the introspective sessions to figure out how you want to have a career and how to work, I had never spent time on figuring those things out. I also love how all the fellows work in different areas but all related to food. I’d never been to a conference like that – there’s no competition (whose paper is better, etc.), because we all research different things.
I really enjoyed the NC State session and meeting the fellows. When you are a grad student, it’s hard to be intentional when you are trying to multitask. Having that long stretch of time and to be able to remove yourself from your grad studies and really focus on the fellowship. I really liked the emotional intelligence and personality tests – I thought that was a good way to begin the program and learn how to work with others.
The first residential session was amazing – I think just being thrown into a room with a lot of really smart people who also care about the Earth and the future of humanity and feeding everyone, and all these things that I really care about…. but sometimes I feel like when I talk to others about it, it falls on deaf ears. It’s exciting to meet a lot of people who have those same goals and aspirations, especially when I was feeling a little dejected in my goals, and maybe even thinking that it’s time to let this go. It re-inspired me to be a part of the change I want to see in the world.