Carolyn Lee recognized as a Real Pork Scholar by the National Pork Board

July 6, 2023

Congratulations to Carolyn Lee, PhD Candidate, on being awarded a Real Pork Scholar Fellowship by the National Pork Board.

Real Pork Scholars is a professional executive mentorship program for graduate students that is designed to leave a lasting impact on participants and the U.S. pork industry. Grounded in research and driven by professional relationships, experience as a Real Pork Scholar launches students into the next phase of their careers, while the U.S. pork industry gains enhanced insights by filling research gaps and building strong connections with emerging thought leaders.

The program offers students:

  • mentorship
  • peer-to-peer network building
  • professional training
  • funding for relevant research

The Real Pork Scholars Program is a prestigious cohort-based program designed to build capacity for research and communication in the next generation of leaders for the U.S. pork industry. The program seeks to identify outstanding students pursuing graduate-level study who will have the capacity to deeply engage in value-add experiences while conducting academic work to positively influence the U.S. pork industry. Academic excellence is an important criterion, as is the applicant’s ability to think critically, engage with a multi-disciplinary cohort of colleagues, and transfer learning to action with enhanced communications advocacy and media skills. Students selected as Real Pork Scholars may receive up to $60,000 over the maximum of two years in the program ($30,000 annually for two years with satisfactory participation). These funds will support three objectives: relevant research, communications advocacy, and network building.

Carolyn's research areas and interests include novel therapeutic development as it applies to emerging and zoonotic infectious diseases, SARS-CoV-2, and designing and testing a novel African Swine Fever Virus vaccine candidate. She is advised by Dr. Scott Kenney. 

To learn more about the Real Pork Scholars program and the National Pork Board (NPB), please visit