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Data-Driven Problem Solving in China

Pigs, Poultry, the Planet and Data-Driven Problem-Solving, also known as P4, is a Research and Extension Experience for Undergraduates (REEU) summer fellowship program. The P4 program is designed to develop the next generation of data-savvy food animal production professionals, extension associates, and researchers.

Headed by project director Dr. Natalie Nelson, six students from NC State, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, and Pennsylvania State University gained skills in data science, data-driven problem solving, holistic evaluation of food animal production systems, global thinking, and technical communications.

With funding from the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture, students traveled to China for two weeks and received a stipend while taking part in this hands-on education.

While in China, they also visited Tian’anmen Square, the forbidden city, and Zhejang University. P4 students traveled to Boston for the ASABE Annual International Meeting to present their research.

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