November First Tuesday Mixer: A Dream Deferred…A Journey from Rural to Corporate America

Date: November 3, 2015 - November 3, 2015
Time: 4:45-6 p.m.
Location: Brody Hall Private Dining Room

First Tuesday Mixers are an opportunity for graduate students, faculty, visiting scholars, guest speakers, and peers to interact outside of the classroom – to network as well as give and receive support and advice.


Dr. Kelvin Grant, Ph.D

Dr. Grant is a Maize research scientist at DuPont Pioneer in Ithaca MI. He serves as an industry representative on the board of the Michigan Corn Growers Association. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Gratiot County Community Foundation; Michigan FFA Foundation; Gratiot County Farm Bureau (President) and the Gratiot County United Way (President).

Dr. Grant grew up on a 1,500 acre family farm in rural North Carolina where he was inspired to go into agriculture by the farming tradition of his Native?American Tuscarosa family. Despite being discouraged from going into science by those that said half-black, half-indigenous people did not become successful scientists, Dr. Grant graduated from the University of Maryland, and did his graduate work in plant breeding and genetics at Cornell. He will speak about the cultural shifts between the reservation, academia, and corporate America, and how to navigate those
differences throughout the course of a career.

*Note* If you do not pre-register, you will not be granted meal access through the ODP office. Please plan to arrive no later than 5:15 p.m., as no admittance will be allowed after this time.