Visiting Scholars

WMC’s Visiting Scholar program invites wheat-focused science professionals from key international markets to spend up to 12 months to gain technical training and develop increased understanding and innovation to increase utilization of U.S. wheat. These exchanges not only strengthen relationships and create networks with current and emerging technical leaders but also build foundations for better recognition of the comparative advantages of using U.S. wheat in existing and new product markets. Scholars have come from many key markets, including Japan, Taiwan, Mexico, China, and Korea. Since the program’s inception in 2001, WMC has hosted 25 visiting scholars from nine countries.

Each scholar conducts at least one independent research project, developed jointly by Dr. Jayne Bock, WMC Technical Director, and the scholar’s institution/company. Research results are made public, usually in the form of a technical journal article. In addition to their specific research projects, scholars provide staff support for many WMC technical short courses, facility tours, and crop quality analysis.

Visiting Scholars are recruited on an ongoing basis. Interested applicants should contact Dr. Bock at for more information.

2018 Scholar

Ms. Ponsettia Larracas, Senior Researcher, RFM, Manila Philippines, is our current scholar. She is working on Wheat Crop Quality for the Pacific Northwest Wheat Crop. Her goals for her time with us are:

  • Learning processes involved with evaluating quality and utilization of PNW wheat
  • Educate the wheat industry on new crop quality
  • Promote partnerships and facilitate dialogue among wheat industry leaders and research institutions

Ponsettia Larracas working with Crop Quality

2017 Scholars:

Ms. Min XU, Ph.D. student at the College of Tea and Food Science and Technology, Anhui Agricultural University, June 2017 – June 2018. She conducted projects including investigating the use of green tea extract to improve Asian noodle antioxidant and end product quality.

2016 Scholars:

Dr. Wenyin (Sofia) Zheng, Associate Professor, Anhui Agricultural University, Hefei, China; January – December, 2016. Her projects included evaluating soft white whole wheat flour in baked products and wine grape pomace-fortified bread.

Mr. Yosep Kim, Researcher, Daehan Flour Mill, Incheon, South Korea; February – August, 2016. Mr. Kim studied the relationship between protein and sponge cake quality and optimal blends for sponge cakes.

Mr. Jungang Wang, Ph.D. student, Washington State University; May – September, 2016. He evaluated optimization of the GlutoPeak method for whole wheat flour and supported the crop quality surveys.

Sofia Zheng

Dr. Sofia Zheng, 2016 Visiting Scholar

Yosep Joe Kim

Yosep Joe Kim, 2016 Visiting Scholar

Jungang Wang

Jungang Wang, 2016 Visiting Scholar