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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.

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.

Best wishes in your future endeavors, Nick!

 

Our next senior is Travis Lichtensteiger, who will be moving back home after graduation.

Travis plans to continue farming in Northwest Ohio, which he described has a beautiful landscape.

His favorite class he took during his time at Iowa State was Agron 280 with Dr. Christian.

"Take steps outside your comfort zone. There are so many opportunities to push yourself academically, socially, and spiritually at Iowa State; it all starts by saying, yes," said Travis.

Best of luck farming Travis!

Our next senior spotlight is Samantha Reicks.

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.

Best wishes, Samantha!

Abigale Kennon, senior in agronomy, is our next senior spotlight. 

Abigale will graduate this spring and begin working as a research assistant for GDM Seeds in Minnesota.

Her favorite class she took within the department at Iowa State was Agron 463 - Soil Formation and Landscape.

Abigale's advice for others is that your future is your own so do what you want with it.

We wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors, Abigale!

Students danced day and night to raise more than $340,000 for the University of Iowa’s Stead Family Children’s Hospital during the Iowa State Dance Marathon in January.

Riley Wilgenbusch, a senior in agronomy and global resource systems, served as the director of the 23rd annual event, which attracted a record number of students.

“We had hundreds of participants flood into the Great Hall at 9 a.m.,” Wilgenbusch said. “It’s a high-energy environment — lots of upbeat music and dancing.”

Name: Jennifer Jensen

Hometown:   Des Moines, Iowa

Major(s) and Graduation Date:  Biology, Environmental Science & Agronomy, May 2016

Favorite ISU class:  AGRON/ENSCI 360 Environmental Soil Science (really anything with Dr. Burras)

Company:  Sustainable Environmental Consultants

Job Title & Company:  Manager of Sustainable Practices & Environmental Analytics

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.

Meet our next senior, Madeleine Bretey!

Madeleine will be graduating this spring and beginning her job as a County Youth/Agriculture Program Coordinator for Iowa State University Extension. 

During her time at Iowa State, Madeleine said her favorite class was Agron 463 Soil Formations and Landscapes with Dr. Burras. 

"Enjoy your last days as a student. Enjoy your breaks, and enjoy your family and friends. School is great, but don't be afraid to put effort into your life experiences and relationships as well," said Madeleine.

Thank you, Madeleine! Good luck on your future endeavors!

 

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