Congratulations to our Ram Yadav, winner of the North Central Weed Science Society Outstanding Graduate Student Award. The award recognizes one outstanding graduate student who is a NCWSS student member actively involved in the Society, as well as contributor to the field of weed science through extension, research, and teaching.
Ram grew up in a small family farm in the northwestern part of India and was first one to obtain a college degree in his family. He graduated from the Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture and Technology, Udaipur, India with a BS degree in Agriculture. Ram scored 26th rank in All India Junior Research Fellowship exam conducted by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research to pursue a MS degree. He completed his MS in Agronomy from the Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, India. Ram started his PhD in 2016 at Montana State University-Bozeman with Dr. Prashant Jha and transferred to ISU in summer 2019.
Ram taught Plant Biotechnology (BIOB 430) course while at MSU. His PhD dissertation focuses on “Biology, ecology, and multi-tactic strategies to manage Bassia scoparia and Amaranthus tuberculatus in the US row crops”. Throughout his PhD degree, Ram has been actively involved in management of multi-site weed science trials, industry and university field days, and training of undergraduate and MS students. He has published his research in eight peer-reviewed journal articles and is in the process of publishing eight more articles before graduation.
Ram has secured ten awards/scholarships from ISU and Weed Science Societies. This includes an Outstanding Graduate Student Award by the Western Society of Weed Science and a Research in Excellence Award by the Department of Agronomy at ISU. Currently, he is serving as Seminar Chair for the Agronomy Graduate Student Club at ISU.