Rob C. Scholz awarded Fulbright Scholarship

Phot of Rob C. Scholtz

The Department of Viticulture and Enology at the University of California, Davis is very proud to announce that one of our Masters’ Candidates, Rob C. Scholz, has been awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship for 2007-2008. He is the first of our V&E graduates to receive this distinction. In 2007-2008, there were only four Fulbright awards given to students at U C Davis.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is now the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research or teaching worldwide. The Fulbright Program has provided its scholars, chosen for their demonstrated leadership potential, with the opportunity to observe each others’ political, economic and cultural institutions, in order to exchange ideas and embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world’s inhabitants.

Rob Scholz, who is a native of Northern California, grew up in San Rafael where he attended Marin Catholic High School graduating in 2000. He attended UCLA working in Residential Life for three years and as an undergraduate researcher investigating mitochondrial diseases under the guidance of Dr. Carla Koehler. Rob graduated Magna Cum Laude with highest departmental honors in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. He was admitted into the Viticulture and Enology Graduate Program at UC Davis in 2005, and will complete his Masters Degree in Spring 2007. His current research with Dr. Douglas Adams focuses on characterizing the ability of Pinot noir fruit to bind tannin, the class of compounds most responsible for astringency in wines. By investigating tannin extraction, Rob hopes his research will allow winemakers to better predict and control wine tannin levels. As a Fulbright Scholar, Rob will be continuing this important work with Dr. Hans Schultz at the University of Wiesbaden’s Geisenheim campus in Germany during the 2007-2008 academic year.

The fundamental principle of the Fulbright Program to foster international partnerships has never been more important to the wine industry than it is today.