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Student recognized for work in Afghanistan

November 1, 2013

Phoenix Mourning-Star was recently awarded a travel grant to present on his PhD dissertation research on using poppy seeds for a fuel source in rural Afghanistan to build better relations and fellowship of cooperation between citizens of the United States and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. The award from the Association for the Advancement of Industrial Crops awarded Mourning-Star with funds to present at the 25th Annual Meeting – New Crops: Bioenergy, Biomaterials, and Sustainability, where he will present the Life-Cycle Assessment component of his research that shows the energetic and emissions feasibility of producing and using poppy seed oil on-small farms.

Mourning-Star’s initial work was made possible through his acceptance to the National Science Foundation’s Flagship Integrated Graduate Education Research Traineeship (IGERT) fellowship through CSU’s Multidisciplinary Approaches to Sustainable Bioenergy program. 

Mourning-Star is continuing his research, and is an active leader on campus promoting and mentoring students in interdisciplinary research, outreach and service as the founder and advisor to The Society of Global Health Researchers in Action, a student based organization in Fort Collins and CSU that strives to bring students closer to the issues needing the solutions of the up-and-coming generation through programs such as the annual ‘Experience DC’ program in which students meet with government officials at federal agencies and non-governmental organizations.