The undergraduate experience at the annual meeting of the Students of Agronomy, Soil & Environmental Sciences (SASES) program features a special program of sessions, contests, networking, social activities, an awards banquet, and tours. The program is developed by the SASES Officers, Advisors, and committees. This is a unique opportunity to experience a scientific meeting, present and compete, meet other students beyond your university (who will be your peers throughout your career), network, and meet prospective employers. Heading to grad school? There will be a session and opportunities to connect with grad school reps from many universities as well!
The ISU Soil Judging team traveled to regional competition in Crookston, Minnesota last week. After practicing for a couple days, the team dug (ha!) into the contest pits. An entirely new team, some of whom joined just three weeks before contest, it was an incredible learning experience.
"Overall it was a valuable learning experience," said Jonah Gray, agronomy and environmental science major. "I spent the entire week in soil pits where I could apply the knowledge I gained in class and build a deeper understand of soil as a whole."
Including the addition of a new judging category. Jumble judging combines members from two different universities to form a full team. Both teams that our students served on placed 2nd and 3rd, showcasing their teamwork skills.
Jonah Gray is a senior in Agronomy and Environmental Science at Iowa State University, and this summer, he was a virtual undergraduate research intern for Kansas State University. Many students became accustomed to remote internships in this past year, Jonah being one of them. Since his internship was virtual, he could do it from Ames and still had the opportunity to build relationships with the other interns and research staff.
Every year the MS Agronomy program presents the Campbell Award to a deserving lecturer in the program. This year Dan Dobill is the recipeint of the Campbell honor.
Dobill started as an instructional developer in the fall of 1997. He was eventually promoted to program coordinator before leaving the university to work for Pioneer Hi-Bred in 2005. Currently, Dobill is a Sales Effectiveness Manager at Corteva Agriscience covering the southern United States.
Growing up in southern Illinois on an acreage near St. Louis, Missouri Dobill was active in 4-H and FFA. He recieved both his undergradauate and graduate degrees from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale majoring in agronomy and soil management. He's had multiple roles within training and sales at Corteva Agriscience (previously DuPont Pioneer).
Dobill teaches Agronomy 502 and has taught over 400 students over the years. He served as major professor for one student as well.
Spencer Barriball, student in our MS Agronomy distance masters program recently won the Muenchrath award. Named after Deborah Muenchrath the award is giving to the student with the most outstanding creative component. It is available to a student who has distinguished themselves academically, creatively and professionally.
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.
Brown Graduate Fellowship – The Brown Graduate Fellowship is used to strategically advance ISU research in the areas of study that are governed by the Valentine Hammes Family and Leopold Hammes Brown Family Trust
The C. R. Weber Award for Excellence in Plant Breeding was established in 1981 to recognize outstanding academic and research accomplishments by plant breeding graduate students in the Department of Agronomy.
C. R. Weber was a professor in the Department of Agronomy at Iowa State University who made outstanding contributions to plant breeding, particularly in soybeans. The award was established by his family and friends to reward graduate students with the same goal for excellence to which he aspired.
A cash award of $500 will be given to students in the Department of Agronomy with majors in plant breeding who meet the qualifications.