The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences recently selected outstanding faculty and staff to be awarded for their contributions to the education, service, research, and dedication that makes CALS so great. The Department of Agronomy would like to recognize our very own who were awarded.
Not only is Zach Timm a junior in Agronomy, crop production and business option, but he also throws shot put for the Iowa State Men’s Track and Field Team. The Men’s Track and Field Team has already began its season, with the first meet being on December 8th at the Jimmy Grant Invitational in Iowa City.
Practices typically range from 1 hour to up to 3 hours normally. Starting in August, when everyone returns to campus, practices are a limited amount of hours, but starting in October they begin full hours depending on the year.
Jacob Wright’s (AGRONOMY) adventure has taken him across the country. From his home in Virginia to Iowa State, Jacob wanted to learn all he possibly could. He was determined to get experience with a variety of crops and focus on the environment. His adventure continued carrying him west, to California for an INTERNSHIP with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Napa.
A huge congratulations is in order for Jacob Wright on receiving two SSSA scholarships. Jacob received the Golden Opportunity Scholarship and the Hubert Byrd Scholarship. The Golden Opportunity program, sponsored by ASA, CSSA, and SSSA, develops the agronomy, crops, soils, and environmental science professions by strengthening the next generation of leaders in the profession. Undergraduate students from across the world in associate or bachelor degree programs are considered. Specifically undergrads interested in graduate school.
Congratulations to all of the graduate students who received scholarships and awards!
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.
Matthew Dzievit, PhD, Plant Breeding (Jianming Yu)
Hung-Ying Lin, PhD, Interdepartmental Genetics and Genomics (Patrick Schnable)
Our next graduating senior is Nicholas Schuh in both Agronomy and Seed Science. In the spring semester, Nicholas will be attending Kansas State University in the plant breeding graduate student program. When Nick leaves, he will miss the agriculture community.
“I have learned as much from the people in agronomy as I have in the agronomy courses and that has made me a very well rounded and current agronomist.”
Introducing Derrick Kapayou, our next senior spotlight. He is a soil science and environmental quality option student. After graduation, he will be attending graduate school. Derrick is going to miss his mid-day naps after he graduates. But he is excited for the income that accompanies full time employment.
His favorite memory from Agronomy was Dr. Christian’s crop seed ID class, and his time spent in the greenhouse learning plant specimens. His Iowa State experience has involved bartending on the weekends and Agronomy studies all week.
December graduation is quickly approaching us! Over the next few weeks, stay tuned to our Senior Spotlights showcasing the hardwork these seniors have put in during their time here.
Check out our first senior!
Hannah Corey, an environmental and soil science option, will be the Product Research and Development Director for Allendan Seed Company in Winterset, IA. She will be working in wildflower and native grass seed production. After graduation, she is excited for the challenge of her new career and to see what this next chapter of life will bring to her!
The Agronomy Club of Iowa State University traveled to Baltimore, Maryland at the beginning of November to attend the ASA conference. The ASA conference is the undergraduate part of the SASES. Agronomy Club had two retiring national officers, Katelyn Fritz and Michael Geissinger, as well as two newly elected national officers! Alyssa Swehla was elected as Member Relations and Marjorie Hanneman was elected as Vice President. Congratulations to both! The club made it to the semi-finals in the Quiz Bowl competition. The Quiz Bowl team consisted of four members; Andrew Blomme, Anne Dinges, Coleman Kneifl, and Nick Schuh. The material covered all different facets of agronomy.
Four Agronomy students competed in the North Central Weed Science Society Student Contest at Monsanto’s Water Utilization Learning Center in Gothenburg, NE on July 26. The team of Andrew Blomme, Hailey Daufeldt, Rebecca Johnson, and Heather Wilson finished second among undergraduate teams. The contest consists of events in weed identification, herbicide identification, sprayer calibration, and field problem solving. Andrew Blomme finished in first place in the individual sprayer calibration event. Bob Hartzler, Eric Jones, and John Hinz (Bayer Crop Science) served as coaches.