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Jayani Dona Defends M.S. Thesis

Jayani Dona successfully defended her cereal science M.S. degree on May 7, 2020. She is advised by Dr. Senay Simsek and the title of her thesis is Comparative Study on Hulled Wheats: Kernel, Flour, Dough Quality and Dietary Fiber Variation.
Jayani Dona Defends  M.S. Thesis

Jayani Dona (left) with advisor Dr. Senay Simsek

June 4, 2020

Jayani Dona successfully defended her cereal science M.S. degree on May 7, 2020. She is advised by Dr. Senay Simsek and the title of her thesis is Comparative Study on Hulled Wheats: Kernel, Flour, Dough Quality and Dietary Fiber Variation.

Dona conducted research to determine the differences between hulled wheat and modern varieties for kernel flour dough and nutritional quality factors. 

She completed her undergraduate B.S. degree in Food Science and Nutrition at Wayamba University of Sri Lanka and decided to pursue graduate degrees at North Dakota State University at the recommendation of Department of Plant Sciences alumni. She says she also liked the “outstanding research accomplishments and scientists” in the cereal science program at NDSU.

During her graduate studies, Dona participated in the Cereals and Grains Association and Institute of Food Technologists, and currently serves as Vice Chair of Product Development for the Cereals and Grains Student Association. She won a Travel Award for and was awarded 2nd place in the Food Product Development Competition at the 2019 Cereals and Grains Association Annual Meeting. She also received the Minnesota Institute of Food Technologists Scholarship in 2020.

Dona is currently pursuing a Ph.D. under the advisement of Simsek. Others on her graduate committee are Dr. Frank Manthey, Dr. Paul Schwarz and Dr. Mukhlesur Rahman.

Author: Karen Hertsgaard, 701-231-5384, 
Editor: Kamie Beeson, 701-231-7123, 

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