​Agronomy Graduate Student Scholarships and Awards 
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John Axtell Graduate Student Award in Plant Breeding and Genetics

The Axtell Award was established to provide recognition and support for outstanding M.S. and Ph.D. students in plant breeding, genetics and genomics. Dr. Axtell was the Lynn Distinguished Professor of Agronomy, a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a faculty member in Agronomy for 34 years.  He was noted for his interdisciplinary approaches to research and his commitment to improving the quality of life of the poor in developing countries through crop improvement. 
Awarded spring semester

Stanley A. Barber Memorial Scholarship in Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition

The Barber Scholarship was established to provide recognition and support for outstanding M.S. and Ph.D. students in soil fertility and plant nutrition.  He was named the John B. Peterson Distinguished Professor in 1988 and elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences in 1987.  Dr. Barber used the principles of physiology, chemistry, and physics to analyze the process of soil nutrient uptake by plant roots.  He studied, separately for P and K, the mechanisms of movement of nutrients in the soil, the mode of nutrient uptake, and the role of surface area and length of roots, soil water and temperature to the overall process of nutrient uptake.  He showed that processes were unique for each nutrient and that rate of nutrient uptake increased with root growth.
Awarded spring semester
 

The Marvin and Barbara Phillips Fund in Agronomy

The Phillips Award was established to provide recognition and support for outstanding MS and Ph.D. students interested in extension.  Dr. Phillips, former Agronomy Department Head, was known for his enthusiasm, positive approach, fairness, education and ability to create and maintain a collegial and supportive work environment.  He was recognized within the department for creating a "family" attitude.  Some of the innovations adopted under his leadership included multi-media resource centers for crops, soils and remote sensing courses, teaching seminars for graduate teaching assistants, computer hardware and software to assist research, teaching and extension programs and the use of closed circuit television for delivery of courses and extension programs at off-campus locations.
Awarded spring semester
  

The Joe L. White Graduate Student Award in Soil Chemistry and Mineralogy

The Joe White Award was established to provide recognition and support for outstanding MS and Ph.D. students in soil chemistry and mineralogy.  Dr. White was a Professor of Agronomy from 1947 through 2004.  His research was at the forefront of soil chemistry and mineralogy, which led to significant improvements in environmental stewardship and improved crop productivity.  Environmental molecular science has become a mature discipline and Dr. White was one of the key pioneers in this field.  Recipients of this award must demonstrate the Joe L. White philosophy:  working on applied problems in soil chemistry and mineralogy through basic research.
Awarded spring semester
 

The Wayne P. Rothgeb Memorial Scholarship

The Rothgeb Scholarship was established in memory of Wayne P. Rothgeb, who served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1941 through 1945.  He was a flight leader and assistant operations officer in his squadron, and he received the Air Medal with four clusters and a unit citation.  Wayne Rothgeb received his B.S. degree in Agriculture from Purdue University in 1948, then for two years held the position of assistant county agricultural agent for Jay County, Indiana.  From 1951 to 1985 he was farm director for KWJG-TV in Ft. Wayne, IN.  He was named National Farm Broadcaster of the Year in 1984.  In 1980 he was awarded the Certificate of Distinction from the Purdue Agricultural Alumni Association, recognizing his contribution to agriculture through professional accomplishments, activity in organizations, and community service.
Awarded spring semester
 

Dr. Wyman E. Nyquist Endowment Fund for Agronomy

The Nyquist Scholarship is intended to recognize graduate students in the disciplines of plant genetics, plant breeding, plant genomics and/or related agronomic sciences which include a significant genetics component.  During his 35-year career in Agronomy, Dr. Nyquist distinguished himself as a dedicated teacher, an outstanding scholar, and wonderful mentor.  He taught four graduate-level courses in the area of statistical methods and quantitative and statistical genetics.  He wrote many handouts totaling over 3000 pages which extended the subject matter beyond that available in the textbooks and the literature.  Through his leadership in teaching, he greatly unified and strengthened the whole training program in quantitative genetics and breeding at Purdue in both the plant and animal areas.
Awarded spring semester
 

Outstanding Graduate Research Award (Ph.D. and M.S.)

An annual graduate student award intended to recognize the most significant research achievements of our graduate students.  Any graduate student currently enrolled in an MS or Ph.D. program in the department (including students enrolled in interdisciplinary programs), and whose major professor is a member of the Agronomy Department faculty (including partial and adjunct appointments) are eligible for nomination.  A student can receive each award only once.
Awarded spring semester
 

Outstanding Graduate Extension Award

An annual graduate student award intended to recognize the most significant extension achievements of our graduate students.  Any graduate student currently enrolled in an MS or Ph.D. program in the department (including students enrolled in interdisciplinary programs), and whose major professor is a member of the Agronomy Department faculty (including partial and adjunct appointments) are eligible for nomination.  A student can receive the award only one time.
Awarded spring semester
 

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award

An annual graduate student award intended to recognize the most significant teaching achievements of our graduate students.  Any graduate student currently enrolled in an MS or Ph.D. program in the department (including students enrolled in interdisciplinary programs), and whose major professor is a member of the Agronomy Department faculty (including partial and adjunct appointments) are eligible for nomination.  A student can receive the award only one time.
Awarded spring semester
 

M.O. Pence Graduate Scholarship

M.O. Pence served the Agronomy Department and the people of the State of Indiana as an outstanding extension educator over many years.  To honor him and to encourage the development of future leaders in agronomy extension and/or applied research, the scholarship fund was established.  The selection criteria includes 1) demonstrated career interest in agronomy extension (or similar activity in industry) and/or in applied agronomic research, 2) leadership ability and/or [potential, and 3) academic performance.
Awarded spring semester
 

George W. Bailey Graduate Scholarship (Travel Scholarship)

Dr. Bailey received his undergraduate degree from Iowa State University followed by his M.S. and Ph.D. from Purdue University.  He retired after a 42 year career with the Environmental Protection Agency, where he was a research scientist in the areas of soil and surface chemistry.  He was a prolific researcher whose contributions in the areas of environmental science, pesticide fate, and heavy metal speciation and clay chemistry served as benchmarks in this field and garnered numerous awards including Presidential Citations from four administrations.
Awarded fall semester
 

Loyal F. "Pete" Bauman Memorial Fund (Travel Scholarship)

Dr. Bauman received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. (1950) from the University of Illinois.  Dr. Bauman was a research agronomist with the Agricultural Research Service, USDA in Tifton, Georgia and Wooster, Ohio from 1953-1959.  He joined Purdue University in 1959 as professor of genetics and plant breeding where he served until his retirement in 1986.  Dr. Bauman was recognized among his colleagues as a very skillful and productive corn geneticist and breeder. He and his associates were the first to apply the technique of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy to determine oil content of individual corn kernels.  Genetic analysis to estimate the importance of epitasis in determining yield and other plant characteristics developed by Dr. Bauman, has been refined and is widely utilized by other researchers in a number of crop species.
Awarded fall semester
 

Bauman-Doolittle Endowment Fund (Travel Scholarship)

An endowment fund in honor of Drs. Loyal F. “Pete” Bauman and Donald P. Doolittle (Animal Sciences) for their extraordinary contributions as teachers, mentors, and friends to many students whom they served during their careers at Purdue University.
Awarded fall semester
 

George D. Scarseth (Travel Scholarship)

A scholarship was established in honor of Dr. George Scarseth, a former faculty member and head of the Agronomy Department, who was a pioneer in reduced tillage farming.  He promoted new ideas and approaches in crop production.  Scarseth was known for his talents as a teacher, speaker and writer, and was often invited to give a guest presentation.  He published widely including two books: Man and His Earth in 1962 and Humans and Its Earth in 1964.  As a researcher, he was especially well recognized for his soil fertility studies, options for increasing yield and early no-till or minimal tilling practices.  He also explored various regions of the world for crop production, not just those with seemingly ideal conditions.  He continued his research long after leaving Purdue, working nearby at the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Awarded fall semester
 

Dow Agrosciences Graduate Endowment

The Dow AgroSciences Scholars, created in 2012, is intended to recruit outstanding graduate students and recognize graduate students who demonstrate academic excellence, initiative, problem solving, and leadership.  Two awards (or more) will be issued each year based on the number of qualified applications received in the Agronomy or Plant Breeding and Genetics program.
Awarded spring and/or fall semester