Assistant professor of sustainable horticulture Yujin Park is the recipient of the highly prestigious New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award , which includes funding of $150,000 per year for three years, beginning in July 2024. This award will enable Dr. Park to continue her innovative Zimin Institute initiated work in using food waste-derived fertilizer in controlled environment agriculture.

The New Innovator Awards were established by the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research to launch the careers of promising scientists whose research addresses significant food and agriculture challenges. It enables grantees to focus on research without the pressure of securing additional grant funding.