May 14
Nolan Monaghan

Nolan Monaghan, junior in horticulture
and global resource systems. Photo by
Christopher Gannon.

Nolan Monaghan, junior in horticulture and global resource systems from Manchester, Iowa, was selected for the Udall Scholarship. The Udall Foundation awards scholarships for leadership, public service and commitment to issues related to the environment or Native American nations.

Monaghan will benefit from the scholarship as he stated, “The program will aid me in pursuing a number of opportunities, including the CALS Dean’s Trip to Rome. I am also added to a network of former scholars, all who are heavily involved in sustainability and the environment on a professional level.”

During summer 2019, Monaghan worked as a research assistant in a national genetics and plant physiology lab at China Agricultural University in Beijing. He studied waterlogging in maize, identifying specific genes that improve the plant’s ability to grow under stressful conditions.

After graduating from Iowa State, Monaghan plans to pursue a master’s degree in tropical agriculture at the University of Bonn in Germany, followed by a Ph.D. in sustainable agriculture, agroecology or environmental studies.

Iowa State University recently recognized Monaghan for his award, Iowa State student named Udall Scholar.