Outreach ​and Engagement Awards

The College of Agriculture PK-12 Council's Outreach and Engagement Awards were established to recognize, reward, and celebrate faculty and staff involved in successful outreach and engagement activities and to encourage the improvement and expansion of those activities.  In 2021, there were 10 excellent nominations, exhibiting the tremendous work in the College of Agriculture expanding the pool of students interested in, and prepared for, careers in food, agricultural, life, and natural resource sciences.

2022 Outreach and Engagement Award Nomination Form

The Excellence Staff & Faculty Emerging/Sustained Impact Award
The purpose of this award is to recognize Faculty and/or Staff in the College of Agriculture who have been engaged in outreach and engagement work with PK-12 audiences. There is one award for staff and two award categories for faculty. Emerging Impact is to recognize faculty who have been engaged in PK-12 engagement and outreach for less than 10 years. Sustained Impact is for faculty who have been engaged in PK-12 engagement and outreach for 10 years or more. If there is not an eligible nomination for Faculty Ignite, the review committee may choose to recognize a second faculty impact category.
Outreach and Engagement Award Nomination

The Faculty Ignite Award
The Faculty Ignite award aims spark faculty interest in the College of Agriculture to connect their scholarly efforts to PK-12 audiences. The goal is to encourage faculty to initiate an outreach and engagement project with PK-12 audiences and build upon current engagement activities. This award application is to be submitted as a project proposal. This award will fund a proposed project submitted by a faculty member or a faculty lead team. Please see the Faculty Ignite Award Application for more information.
The Faculty Ignite Award Application

Award Recipients

The Purdue College of Agriculture's PK-12 Council selected two winners of the 2021 PK-12 Outreach and Engagement Awards. Jarred Brooke received the PK-12 Excellence Staff Award, and Drs. Joe Ogas, Mark Hall and Stefan Paula received the PK-12 Emerging Faculty Impact Award. There were no nominations for Faculty Ignite Award in 2021. Each recipient received a reward of $5,000 to expand and improve their PK-12 Engagement activities in order to increase impact.

2021 Excellence Staff Award

Image of Jarred BrookeJarred Brooke is an Extension Wildlife Specialist in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR) and has been working in PK-12 outreach and engagement since starting at Purdue in 2016. Jarred’s outreach and engagement focuses on connecting youth to nature and the natural world. He has been engaged in several ongoing and sustained PK-12 outreach and engagement events at the local, state, and national levels. He works collaboratively with interdisciplinary and multi-state teams on much of his PK-12 engagement. Jarred’s PK-12 activities vary from presenting at annual PK-12 conservation field days to writing natural-resources-based curricula for The Nature of Teaching Signature Program to planning and overseeing the 4-H and FFA Wildlife Habitat Education Program National Contest. Jarred’s PK-12 engagement is focused mostly on providing resources and educational opportunities to other youth educators. By focusing on youth educators, Jarred reaches more youth indirectly and can multiply the impact of his programs. Jarred still engages PK-12 youth directly through a variety of different avenues and events. Through his outreach and engagement activities Jarred has engaged, directly or indirectly, more than 3,500 PK-12 students and 300 PK-12 educators.

2021 Emerging Faculty Impact Award

image of Joseph Ogas image of Mark Hall

Drs. Joe Ogas, Mark Hall and Stefan Paula from the Department of Biochemistry collaboratively developed an intensive 6-week authentic research program for rising high school seniors. Drs. Ogas, Hall and Paula have primary discovery and learning appointments, and they have exceeded expectations by developing a PK-12 outreach and engagement program to promote research and discovery for the next generation of scientists. To address the high attrition rate among college students in STEM subjects, the Summer Science Program (SSP) in Biochemistry was developed to help attract and prepare rising high school seniors by receiving intense training and biochemistry and biotechnology. Over 100 high school students have participated in a 39-day, full-time immersive research experience and analyze protein phosphatase inhibitors that could act to prevent/treat fungal plant pathogens. Not only is it rare for high school students to have this type of immersive research experience, a significant outcome was adding a second SSP site at Indiana University in 2020. The Purdue team developed the biochemistry curriculum which is used by the partner program in Bloomington. The SSP is having an impact. Program assessment shows that two out of three high school students agreed or strongly agreed the SSP increased their interest in doing experimental research.

2020 PK-12 Outreach and Engagement Award Winners

PK-12 Excellence Staff Award – Megan Gunn

PK-12 Emerging Faculty Impact Award – Yaohua (Betty) Feng

PK-12 Sustained Faculty Impact Award – Trevor Stamper

2019  PK-12 Outreach and Engagement Award Winners​

PK-12 Excellence Staff Award – Gwen Pearson

PK-12 Emerging Faculty Impact Award – Elizabeth Karcher

PK-12 Sustained Faculty Impact Award – Tim Gibb

2018 PK-12 Outreach and Engagement Award Winners​

PK-12 Excellence Staff Award – Kelly Delp

PK-12 Emerging Faculty Impact Award – Hui-Hui Wang

PK-12 Sustained Faculty Impact Award - John Lumkes, Daniel Taylor, and Jose Garcia

2017 PK-12 Outreach and Engagement Award Winners​

PK-12 Excellence Staff Award - Jeff Sanson, JW Fansler, and Shelly Surber

PK-12 Emerging Faculty Impact Award - Bryan Pijanowski

PK-12 Sustained Faculty Impact Award - Roger Tormoehlen​​​​​​

2016 PK-12 Outreach and Engagement Award Winners​

PK-12 Excellence Staff Award - John Cavaletto

PK-12 Emerging Faculty Impact Award - Dr. Rod Williams​

PK-12 Sustained Faculty Impact Award - Dr. Tom Turpin​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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