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MADISON, WI, OCTOBER 1, 2009 – The American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) and Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) will present the following 2009 Scholarships and Fellowships at their Annual Meetings on Nov. 1-5 in Pittsburgh, PA, www.acsmeetings.org.
American Society of Agronomy Scholarships:
Raechel Baumgartner – Iowa State University. Raechel Baumgartner is a graduate student in the Agronomy Department at Iowa State University. She received a B.S. in agronomy at Iowa State. She is studying plant breeding and working with the soybean breeding project. Her M.S. thesis analyzed the tocopherol content of soybean lines with mid-oleate and 1%-linolenate content. Her dissertation involves determining the aphid threshold for soybeans with Rag1 resistance and characterizing a virus that is problematic for soybeans grown off-season in Puerto Rico.
Landon Ries – University of Minnesota. Landon Ries is a graduate student in the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics at University of Minnesota. He received a B.S. in agronomy and seed science from Iowa State University in 2007. Ries received a M.S. in crop physiology from University of Arkansas in 2009, studying soybean drought tolerance under Dr. Larry Purcell. Currently he is pursuing a Ph.D. focusing on soybean breeding, genetics, and physiology under Drs. James Orf and Seth Naeve.
Crop Science Society of America Scholarships:
Sarah Bertrand – Louisiana State University. Sarah Bertrand is a junior in the School of Plant, Environmental, and Soil Sciences at Louisiana State University (LSU), majoring in plant and soil systems with minors in environmental management systems and biological sciences. She is a member of ASA, CSSA, and LSU’s Agronomy Club. Bertrand also conducts independent research with LSU’s Coastal Plants Breeding Program. She plans to pursue graduate work in plant breeding, focusing on research related to improved crop varieties.
Dara Boardman – University of Missouri. Dara Boardman is a senior at University of Missouri, majoring in plant science with an emphasis in breeding, genetics, and biotechnology. She is an active member of Sigma Alpha Agriculture Sorority and the Agronomy Club, where she served as president. After graduation in December 2009, Boardman will begin graduate school in agronomy. She hopes to help farmers utilize new agricultural technology to improve crop yields and production practices.
Jessica Bubert – University of Minnesota. Jessica Bubert is a junior at University of Minnesota, majoring in applied plant science, with a plant improvement emphasis. She is also completing minors in agronomy and plant biology. Bubert is involved with collegiate and national organizations for women in agriculture, the Crops and Soils Club, and Beta of Clovia Agricultural Sorority. She plans to attend graduate school for plant breeding and hopes to have a career as a researcher in industry or academia.
Austin Case – Colorado State University. Austin Case is an undergraduate at Colorado State University majoring in soil and crop sciences, with a concentration in plant biotechnology, genetics, and breeding. Case has been an active member of the Agronomy Club and is currently serving as the organization’s treasurer. He plans to attend graduate school for plant breeding and genetics and hopes to research crop improvement methods.
Jason Cavadini – University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Jason Cavadini is an undergraduate student in the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences at University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He is majoring in crop and soil sciences. Cavadini is currently an officer of the Crops and Soils Club and is a member of the Soil Judging Team. He has also conducted research on the effect of row-spacing on soil erosion in no-till soybeans. Cavadini plans to attend graduate school to study soil science and nutrient management.
Emma Flemmig – Iowa State University. Emma Flemmig is a senior at Iowa State University majoring in agronomy, biology, and international agriculture. She is active in the International Association of Students in Agriculture and Related Sciences and the Crop Judging Team. Flemmig has studied in Argentina and has extensive research experience. She plans on attending graduate school in plant breeding and hopes to run a public breeding program with an international focus.
Katherine Frels – Iowa State University. Katherine Frels is a junior at Iowa State University majoring in agronomy with a plant breeding and biotechnology option. She is a member of her local SASES chapter and the Honors Program. Frels plans to attend graduate school for plant breeding and hopes to become involved in research and development at a major seed company or university.
Race Higgins – University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign. Race Higgins is a junior at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign majoring in plant biotechnology and molecular biology with a minor in chemistry. His study focuses mainly on crop breeding and genetics. Higgins is a member of Crop Science Ambassadors and serves as the reporter for Field and Furrow, his local SASES chapter. He plans to attend graduate school for plant breeding and hopes to become a researcher in private industry or an academic institution.
Chang Lian – Cornell University. Chang Lian is a senior at Cornell University majoring in agriculture sciences with a concentration of crop production and management. Before transferring to Cornell in 2008, he attended the China Agricultural University. Lian plans on attending graduate school to study agricultural economics and policy. He hopes to become an agricultural product analyst in private industry or a science policy advisor for the government.
Leah Ruff – Iowa State University. Leah Ruff is a junior at Iowa State University majoring in agronomy with a minor in Spanish. Her study focuses on plant breeding and biotechnology. Ruff is a member of the Agronomy Club, Soil Judging Team, and the KKY, an honorary co-ed service fraternity. She is also a community advisor in the dorms. Ruff plans to attend graduate school in plant breeding and hopes to become a plant breeder for industry or for an academic institution.
Jenae Skelton – Kansas State University. Jenae Skelton is a senior at Kansas State University majoring in agronomy with a plant science and biotechnology option and a minor in international agriculture. Skelton is an active member of the Wheat State Agronomy Club. She has held offices with the organization for the past three years in addition to serving as the SASES Recording Secretary in 2007-08. She plans to attend graduate school in plant breeding and hopes to work in crop genetics and plant breeding.
Lindsey Slaughter – University of Tennessee-Martin. Lindsey Slaughter is a senior at the University of Tennessee- Martin (UTM) majoring in environmental management. Her study focuses on environmental conservation and soil science. Slaughter is an officer in the UTM chapter of the Tennessee Wildlife Society, a member of the Soil Judging Team, and a member of the University Scholars Organization, the highest honors program awarded at UTM. She plans to become a conservation planner or environmental consultant for a government institution or private industry.
Hunter Stambaugh – Penn State. Hunter Stambaugh is a junior at Penn State majoring in environmental soil science with a minor in agronomy. Stambaugh is a member of the Agronomy Club. He has also worked on several projects within the Crop and Soil Sciences Department including soil core and soybean analysis. After graduation he plans to attend graduate school for crop production systems and hopes to work as a crop consultant or extension agent.
Heather Taylor – Virginia Tech. Heather Taylor is a senior at Virginia Tech double majoring in agro-ecology and philosophy. Taylor is active in her local SASES chapter and the Soil Judging Team. She plans to stay at Virginia Tech to attend graduate school for environmentally restorative crop management systems. She would like to begin a career as a crop consultant after finishing graduate school, and she hopes to one day teach agriculture to elementary school students.
Sally Turpin – University of Wisconsin-Madison. Sally Turpin is a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in animal science and agronomy. She has been a member of Badger Dairy Club, Saddle & Sirloin, Collegiate FFA, and Babcock House. Turpin would like to stay involved in production agriculture after graduation, possibly pursuing a career in crop scouting.
Soil Science Society of America Scholarship:
AnnaRose Adams – Oregon State University. AnnaRose Adams is a junior at Oregon State University pursuing an honors double degree in bio-resource research, focusing on water sciences; and soil science, concentrating in soil ecology. She is also pursuing a minor in oceanography. Adams believes that the breadth of her degrees and undergraduate research experience will provide her with the academic foundation necessary to address environmental issues. She plans to attend graduate school in marine resource management.
Priscilla Woolverton – Oregon State University. Priscilla Woolverton is a senior at Oregon State University majoring in soil science and natural resource management. Her academic pursuits have focused on the effect of geomorphology, soil biology, and human management systems on soil processes. She is currently collaborating with Professors Maria Dragila and Markus Kleber in researching the phenomenon of soil hydrophobicity. Woolverton is an active member of the Oregon State Soil Judging Team, a student member of the Oregon Onsite Wastewater Association and the Oregon Society of Soil Scientists.
Photos of the recipients receiving their awards will be posted to our News & Media webpage following the Annual Meetings: www.agronomy.org/news-media