Mehta awarded Cotton Incorporated Grant

Feb 9, 2018

PRINCESS ANNE, Md.-– A 2018 Cotton Incorporated Curriculum Program Grant has been awarded to Dr. Sunidhi Mehta, assistant professor in the Department of Human Ecology.  The grant will support research aimed at providing in-depth information about cotton as a sustainable and green textile material to fashion merchandising students at UMES.

Mehta’s UMES project, entitled “Cotton: King of Sustainable Fashion,” will include various innovative and experiential learning activities for students.  Field trips, seminars and webinars by experts from across the globe, student poster competitions and a garment recycling project will all be a part of the offerings. 

Mehta joined the UMES faculty August 2017, having taught at the university level for 4 years.  Her studies have earned her a doctorate degree in textile science from Punjab Agricultural University in India and two master’s degrees.  To her credit, she has several peer reviewed publications and grant awards and have presented her novel research at various international conferences.  In addition, she serves as a reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals in her field.  Her research interests include textile nano-finishes, sustainable textiles, and functional textiles and their psychophysiological analysis.

Overall, the project will increase the capacity of the Department of Human Ecology to develop a stronger fashion merchandising curriculum while enlarging the textiles component that focuses on cotton sustainability and cotton fiber knowledge.  It will also strengthen the department’s relationship with industry partners that in return will provide more internship and job opportunities to the students.

Dr. Grace Wasike Namwamba, chair and professor in the Department of Human Ecology; Dr. Lombuso S. Khoza, acting director for the Center for International Education; and Dr. Bridgett Clinton-Scott, assistant professor in the Department of Human Ecology are co-PI’s on the grant.

For more information about the “Cotton: King of Sustainable Fashion” project, contact Mehta at 410-651-7817.

About Cotton Incorporated:

Cotton Incorporated, funded by U.S. growers of upland cotton and importers of cotton and cotton textile products, is the research and marketing company representing upland cotton. The Program is designed and operated to improve the demand for and profitability of cotton.

Suzanne Waters Street, agriculture communications specialist, School of Agricultural & Natural Sciences, 410-621-3850, sstreet@umes.edu.