• 04/20/16- MSU Graduate Students Researcers Garner Statewide Honors

    Contact: Sasha Steinberg

    STARKVILLE, Miss.—Research efforts of three Mississippi State doctoral students are being recognized by the Mississippi Academy of Sciences.

    Receiving awards in the MAS’s recent graduate student poster competition were:

    FIRST—Ahmed Chaloob Saddam of Iraq, a food science, nutrition and health promotion/nutrition major.

    SECOND—Firas A. Alsajri of Iraq, a plant and soil sciences/agronomy major.

    THIRD—Saroj K. Sah of Nepal, a molecular biology major.

    Saddam was advised by Professor Zee Haque of the food science, nutrition and health promotion department. Alsajri and Sah both were advised by Research Professor Raja Reddy of the plant and soil sciences department, with Sah also being advised by Associate Professor Jianxu Li of the biochemistry, molecular biology, entomology and plant pathology department.

    In addition to presenting certificates and cash awards, MAS published the students’ research abstracts in its January 2016 Abstract Issue, available online at

    Dedicated to advancing the roles of science and technology within the Magnolia State and beyond, the Jackson-based academy works to promote collaborations among its scientist, educator, professional and student memberships.

    For more information about MSU’s Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion, visit; plant and soil sciences,; and biochemistry, molecular biology, entomology and plant pathology,

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