2016 Brady J. Deaton Fellow in International Agriculture: Azlin Mustapha
Azlin Mustapha teaches undergraduate- and graduate-level food microbiology courses. Her research focuses on molecular detection and inhibition of food-borne pathogens.
She has received the CAFNR Outstanding Graduate Advisor Award; MU Gold Chalk Advancement of Graduate Education Award; and MU Excellence in Education Award.
Mustapha has been actively involved in international activities in food safety since 2007 when she mentored her first Borlaug Fellow from Kosovo. Since then, she has been the primary mentor to 12 USDA/USAID Fellows from seven developing countries and participated in training of Cochran Fellows from many countries. She traveled to Kenya and Rwanda in 2014 to discuss food safety via presentations and meetings with university administrators, students and regulatory and industry personnel. In fall 2014 and spring 2015, USAID sponsored Scientific Scholars Fellows from Egypt to spend one semester under her mentorship.
"Professor Azlin Mustapha knows well how to deal with international students especially those from developing countries, knows their needs and how to improve their abilities, skills and knowledge," said Samar Yahia Elshamy, veterinary quarantine inspector, Alexandria Port – Arab Republic of Egypt. "In the laboratory of Professor Azlin Mustapha, I felt like I am in home with a very encouraging and supportive environment and friendly colleagues. That will enable any international student to do their researching and gain very satisfied results."
Serving as a program mentor is not always an easy task but Dr. Mustapha has received only high-praise from the fellows and each one has requested to continue collaboration with her once they return home ... Without reservation, Dr. Mustapha exemplifies the values befitting the honor of the Deaton Fellowship through her legacy in international education. She is an exemplary international ambassador who contributes substantially to the internationalization of MU through her leadership activities and desire to develop lasting connections with international visitors.
Willi Meyers, Christy Copeland and Kenneth Schneeberger, CAFNR International Programs