21 students from around the world begin elite Alltech Graduate Program

The first group of 21 participants in the Alltech Graduate Program gather together with Frank Bradley of the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School and Alltech’s Steve Bourne, Richard Murphy, Emer Kelly, Suniti Mujumdar and Orla McAleer outside the Alltech European Bioscience Centre in Dunboyne, Co. Meath.

Four Kentucky participants selected

DUNBOYNE, Ireland (Dec. 5, 2012) — The future leaders of agribusiness have arrived. The Alltech Graduate Program kicked off last week with the arrival of the 21 graduates, selected from more than 1,500 applicants, from all corners of the world including the United Kingdom, Ireland, India, Estonia, Canada and the USA, at the Alltech European Bioscience Centre in Dunboyne, Co. Meath, Ireland. Eight of the 21 graduates are from North America, including five from Kentucky:

– Danielle Palmer, University of Kentucky

– Rebecca Noble, University of Kentucky and the London School of Economics & Political Science

– Daniel Grubb, Georgetown College

– Bethany Brashears, University of Kentucky

– Ashley Hamilton Baker (of Kentucky), University of Auburn and the University of Guadalajara, Mexico

Graduates will attend two weeks of training and lectures in Alltech’s facility in Dunboyne, including presentations from staff in the facility, lectures from the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School and talks from Alltech’s vice presidents and directors. Afterward, the graduates will be flown to Alltech’s corporate headquarters in Lexington, Ky., for another week of training. They will be placed in one of Alltech’s 128 global offices to spend their remaining year working on projects in the areas of animal science, aquaculture, crop science and Alltech’s consumer brands.

The graduates’ goals and interests are as varied as their backgrounds:

“My goal is to… learn the skills to launch a business,” said Chetna Chada, a graduate of Greenwich University, London, originally from India.

“I’m already a chemist, but I need to know how to network with business people and learn what it takes to be an entrepreneur,” Grubb said. “My undergraduate research was in algae so I’m hoping to work in that area in the future.”

Steve Bourne, vice president of Alltech and head of the Alltech Graduate Program, welcomed the new graduates.

“I am so proud of what this program has already accomplished. Here in Dunboyne, Ireland, we have 21 of the most eager and talented young people in the world, ready to lend their skills and creativity to cutting edge projects,” said Bourne. “In return, we will offer these graduates unprecedented access to the best that Alltech has to offer, expanding their knowledge and experience in every way that we can. We have always put great emphasis on developing new talent, and the development and training of these graduates will be no exception.”





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