Research Exchanges & Collaborations


Initiatives with 1890 - Historically Black, Land Grant Institutions


The Morrill Act of 1890 established Black land-grant universities, 28 years after passage of the first Morrill Act laid the foundation for the nation’s public university system. Today, the rich legacy of the land-grant tradition remains prominent at these institutions. Historically black land-grant institutions are located in 18 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Outcomes of previous Faculty Research Exchange visits include recruitment of graduate students, submitted proposals and funded joint grants.ISU faculty exchanges have taken place between 1890 Land-Grant Institutions and Iowa State University. Participating were:


  • Dr. Sue Lamont organized and hosted ISU campus visit of senior faculty member (Dr. Millie Worku) from 1890s institution, North Carolina A&T.
  • Food Science and Human Nutrition faculty collaborated with NC A&T faculty on a USDA grant related to food safety

  • Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering faculty undertook graduate student recruitment visit to Jackson State University.

  • Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering faculty provided two-week training to four (4) graduate students from Jackson State University on Geospatial Analytics

  • Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering faculty established joint research collaboration with Jackson State University

  • Zackary N. Senwo, Alabama A & M, visited Ali Tabatabai and others in the Department of Agronomy at ISU to analyze soil samples, learned new lab procedures and completed a joint proposal to submit.

  • Andrew Manu, Department of Agronomy at ISU, visited Rory Fraser and others of the Plant and Soil Science Departments at Alabama A & M regarding international projects, present and potential graduate students and to present a seminar on soils, soil fertility and management for the Master Gardener’s Program. This visit resulted in recruitment of graduate students to ISU and ISU and Alabama A & M students participating in a soil science and ecology study abroad to Ghana.

  • Leonard Williams, Alabama A & M, worked at ISU with Aubrey Mendonca, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, on environmental stress-adaptation and virulence of food borne pathogenic bacteria.

  • Makuba Lihono of the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff worked at ISU with Aubrey Mendonca, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, to prepare a joint proposal and learn new laboratory techniques. The visit resulted in Lihono teaching new laboratory techniques to his students at UAPB and a student from UAPB participated in the ISU summer internship program.