Brenda Martin of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff was recently selected to participate in the Family and Consumer Sciences Visiting Scholars Program.

Martin, chairwoman of the UAPB Department of Human Sciences, will attend the program hosted by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture at its headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The program seeks to expand collaboration between NIFA and its land-grant university partners. During the program, Martin will learn about NIFA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and connect with partnering federal agencies and national organizations to accomplish key initiatives of NIFA and the land-grant system, according to a news release.

“Program activities are intended to connect federal and national partners to expand opportunities and resources in FCS, as well as foster a greater understanding of the land-grant university system from the federal perspective,” according to the release.

“Martin will be responsible for providing NIFA with a scope of work, final presentation and report at the end of the visit. Upon her return to UAPB, she will share the information she learned with faculty and students of the Department of Human Sciences,” according to the release.

Eligible program applicants were required to be administrators or faculty members with a teaching, research or Extension appointment in family and consumer sciences, rural sociology or a related discipline at a land-grant university.

The program provides opportunities for FCS faculty and administrators to enhance their professional growth each year while working with federal-level colleagues, according to the release.