Food networker

Name: Shantal Pai

Educational path: Graduated from the U in 2018 with a B.S. in plant science

What drove her: As a child, Pai noticed the inequity between the abundance of food grown on her mother’s family’s farm in Wisconsin and the number of people going without food during visits to her father’s relatives in India.

How scholarships helped: Scholarship support allowed her to pursue career-building opportunities during her undergraduate years. She researched corn and soybean production, looked for ways to stop frogeye leaf spot in soybeans, and evaluated the accuracy of aerial imagery in agriculture as a Land O’Lakes intern.

In her words: “For a long time, I was interested in how we can grow enough food to feed people. But the more you study food issues, you realize it isn’t about growing more but about getting the food we have to the right people.”

What’s next: Attending U of M Law School with the goal of changing our food system and regulatory structure so it feeds the hungry and protects the environment