Congratulations to all of the graduate students who received scholarships and awards for the Spring semester!
Research Excellence Award – The award is to recognize graduate students for outstanding research accomplishments as documented in resulting theses and dissertations. The Research Excellence Program is administered by the Graduate College with additional support from the Graduate and Professional Student Senate.
Anabelle Laurent - PhD Crop Production & Physiology with Fernando Miguez
Gina Nichols - PhD Crop Production & Physiology with Sotirios Archontoulis
Teaching Excellence Award – The award is to recognize and encourage outstanding teaching achievement by graduate students. The Research Excellence Program is administered by the Graduate College with additional support from the Graduate and Professional Student Senate.
PhD candidate Qi Mu has recieved the Gerald O. Mott Meritorious Graduate Student Award in Crop Science. The award recognizes top-notch graduate students pursuing advanced degrees in crop science disciplines. Departments select students based on academic achievements, research and teaching contributions, leadership accomplishments, service activities and personal qualifications. The award honors the first CSSA President, Gerald O. Mott, who trained 75 graduate students during his 45 year career at Purdue University and the University of Florida. Many of his students have become eminent forage scientists.
The soil fertility tests farmers have used for decades to measure nitrogen levels don’t account for the vast majority of the nitrogen in soils, so Iowa State University scientists helped develop a new test that yields more accurate results by using soil biology.
Our next senior is Nick Allen, who is interested in soil conservation.
Nick plans to join the workforce, with hopes to obtain a job that allows him to apply his knowledge in soils.
His favorite class he took at Iowa State was Agron 463 - Soil Formation and Landscape Relationships. Nick enjoyed being able to travel around the state to see the soils and concepts learned in class in person, which really helped drive the points home.
"Don't be afraid to take classes you would not normally take, it may just change your career path," said Nick.
Samantha will be graduating in May and becoming an Assistant Grower and Research and Trial Lead at PlantPeddler.
During her time at Iowa State, Samantha's favorite class was Plant Pathology 408.
"Make sure to join some clubs that you are interested in, participate in a couple intramural sports with friends, and don't be scared to ask your professors questions during office hours," said Samantha.
Our next senior, Blake Lineweaver, will be taking a unique path after graduating this summer.
"I'll be completing a year of national service with AmeriCorps VISTA at Feeding Laramie Valley in Laramie, Wyoming," said Blake. "My position in Food Capacity Development seeks to improve sustainable community access to regionally local, fresh and healthy fruits and vegetables through increased food production and distribution in Albany County, Wyoming, with a particular emphasis on people living with poverty, children and elders, people who are often disenfranchised, people in rural locations, and people living with disabilities and chronic illness."
Blake's favorite class he took was Agron 342 World Food Issues: Past and Present.