Food Science's Fleming Earns American Wine Society National Scholarship

Amanda Fleming's research focuses on the quality attributes and wine production methods of grapes grown in Arkansas.
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Amanda Fleming's research focuses on the quality attributes and wine production methods of grapes grown in Arkansas.

Amanda Fleming, a U of A master's degree student in food science, has been awarded an American Wine Society Educational Foundation/Banfi Auction Scholarship. The scholarship is for $3,500.

Fleming's research is focused on "Investigating Quality Attributes and Wine Production Methods of Arkansas-Grown Grapes."

Fleming works under the guidance of Renee Threlfall, enology and viticulture expert in the Department of Food Science, and with the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station, the research arm of the U of A System Division of Agriculture. Threlfall and Fleming also work on the Arkansas Quality Wine Program, funded by the Arkansas Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block grant to highlight wines grown and made in Arkansas.

Fleming has more than 10 years of experience working as an enologist and winemaker in California, New Zealand and Arkansas. Enology and viticulture are the sciences of winemaking and grape growing.

"I am impressed with Amanda's passion for the field of viticulture and enology and her professionalism, and look forward to her completing her master's and pursuing her Ph.D.," Threlfall said.

The American Wine Society promotes wine appreciation through education by developing relevant, quality wine education resources that directly benefit and empower AWS chapters and members across the country.

In 2021, Fleming was awarded two other national scholarships, one from the American Society for Enology and Viticulture and one from the ASEV-Eastern Section.

About the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences: Bumpers College provides life-changing opportunities to position and prepare graduates who will be leaders in the businesses associated with foods, family, the environment, agriculture, sustainability and human quality of life; and who will be first-choice candidates of employers looking for leaders, innovators, policy makers and entrepreneurs. The college is named for Dale Bumpers, former Arkansas governor and longtime U.S. senator who made the state prominent in national and international agriculture. For more information about Bumpers College, visit our website, and follow us on Twitter at @BumpersCollege and Instagram at BumpersCollege.

About the University of Arkansas: As Arkansas' flagship institution, the U of A provides an internationally competitive education in more than 200 academic programs. Founded in 1871, the U of A contributes more than $2.2 billion to Arkansas' economy through the teaching of new knowledge and skills, entrepreneurship and job development, discovery through research and creative activity while also providing training for professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the U of A among the few U.S. colleges and universities with the highest level of research activity. U.S. News & World Report ranks the U of A among the top public universities in the nation. See how the U of A works to build a better world at Arkansas Research News.


Robby Edwards, director of communications
Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences


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