Meet Our Team

Research Associate

Graduate Students

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SHWETA GIMONKAR

4th Year Doctoral Student

sgimonk@ncsu.edu

Shweta is a doctoral student in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at North Carolina State University. She holds a B.A. in Economics from St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Mumbai (India) and a Master of Economics (MR) from North Carolina State University. She is interested in exploring the issues of local food systems and sustainable agriculture through her dissertation. Her research includes looking at opportunities and challenges faced by fresh produce growers in marketing cosmetically imperfect produce (CIP). Her other part of dissertation will be focused on the issue of food fraud in the food supply chain.

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Yue Shan

4th Year Doctoral Student

yshan4@ncsu.edu

Yue Shan is a 4th-year doctoral student in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at North Carolina State University. Her fields of research are agricultural economics and international trade. She holds a Master of Science in applied mathematics from Northeastern University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Delaware. Before starting her Ph.D. at NCSU, she worked as a research assistant in China Center for Agricultural Policy at Peking University.

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WILSON COLLINS

4th Year Doctoral Student

wfcollin@ncsu.edu

Wilson is a PhD in Economics student at North Carolina State University. Before coming to NCSU, Wilson received his M.S. in Mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. His research interests include agricultural economics and econometric methods.

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Yufei Fu

3rd Year Doctoral Student

yfu32@ncsu.edu

Yufei is a 3rd-year doctoral student in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at North Carolina State University. Her fields of research are International Trade and Applied Econometrics. She finished her M.S. in Economics from University of Wisconsin-Madison and another M.S. in International Business from the University of International Business and Economics in China. And she got her B.A. in International Economics and Trade in China Youth University for Political Sciences. In her free time, she really loves yoga and alpine skiing in winter.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

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Shreya Kumar

Senior

Shreya is a senior pursuing a B.S in Political Science with minors in Statistics and International Studies. She is currently involved with the University Scholars Program, The National Society of Leadership and Success, and Pi Sigma Alpha. In the past, Shreya has worked on a political campaign, completed an internship with the NCPA, interned at a law firm, and was involved with University Theater. Following graduation, she aims to go to law school and is hopeful that this undergraduate research opportunity will assist with that and allow her to contribute towards Dr. Boys's important research. In her personal time, Shreya enjoys hiking, trying new recipes, and taking on art projects. 

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Lucy Caldwell

Sophomore

Lucy is a sophomore from Charlotte, NC majoring in Food Science with a technology concentration and a minor in Brewing. She is also involved in numerous organizations across campus. Lucy is excited to join this team and use her knowledge of food as well as other skills to help move the team towards its goals. She is also interested in learning more about the food industry from a business perspective and gaining knowledge that she can apply to her later career. Upon graduation, Lucy hopes to work for a food company in a research and development role to help reduce food waste in the manufacturing process. In her free time, Lucy loves to read, cook, spend time outdoors, and spend time with friends.

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Bethany Lee

Sophomore

Bethany is a second-year student pursuing degrees in Biology Education and Applied Nutrition. She is involved in several organizations on campus, including the Goodnight Scholars Program and the Teaching Fellows Program. After graduation, Bethany plans to pursue graduate school on a path to roles that involve furthering people's understanding of science, nutrition, and improved health behaviors. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, sewing, and spending time with her friends and her cat. 

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Gabbie Zimmermann

Senior

Gabbie is a senior from Cary, NC majoring in graphic design. She currently does freelance design and illustration work outside of school. She is interested in branding, user experience, and design-centered research. Following graduation, Gabbie plans to start her career as a part of a design team in which she can utilize her skills in design research and apply that to creating better user experiences. She hopes that being a part of this team will help her discover fields where she can find a design career for in the future. In her free time, she enjoys creative writing and listening to music.

Past Graduate Students

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BYUNGYUL PARK

PhD, 2020
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DAEMYUNG LEE

PhD, 2021
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SIQI ZHANG

PhD, 2021

Past Undergraduate Research Assistants

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TATE ALTMAN

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LONI ASKEW

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MAX BOGLE

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MADELYN NOLDER

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HANNAH SMITH

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REAGAN STEELE

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PAIGE SWANSON

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CHARBY XU

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PATRICK SEIJO

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UGONNA EZUMA-IGWE