May 2014

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From the Dean

Jay AkridgeThis issue of InFocus is devoted entirely to celebrating all our award winners in the College of Agriculture throughout the 2013-2014 academic year.

Congratulations to all of our award and recognition recipients, and thanks to all of those who supported our winners in the classroom, put together award nominations, or were involved in the process in some way. We work hard to make sure everything is included here, but if we missed any award winners, let us know!

Hard as it is to believe, another very busy academic year has come to an end. Thanks very much to all of you for all you do for Purdue Agriculture. Have a great summer!

All the best,



University Awards and Recognitions


applegateBruce Applegate, Food Science, Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy Fellow




barbarashDavid Barbarash, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, 2014-15 Teaching for Tomorrow Award




barnardFreddie Barnard, Agricultural Economics, Book of Great Teachers





cabotRyan Cabot, Animal Sciences, Jr. Advancement Fellow for the Teaching for Tomorrow Awards Program




deboerLarry DeBoer, Agricultural Economics, Book of Great Teachers





dooleyFrank Dooley, Agricultural Economics, Book of Great Teachers





dudarevaNatalia Dudareva, Biochemistry/Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Sigma Xi Faculty Research Award




dunningJohn Barny Dunning, Jr., Forestry and Natural Resources, Book of Great Teachers





ferruzziMario Ferruzzi, Food Science, University Faculty Scholar





forsythDale Forsyth, Animal Sciences, Book of Great Teachers





goldenBarbara Golden, Biochemistry, ADVANCE Diversity Catalyst; University Faculty Scholar




grantRichard Grant, Agronomy, CIC Academic Leadership Program Fellow





hamakerBruce Hamaker, Food Science, Distinguished Professor





hertelTom Hertel, Agricultural Economics, Purdue Research and Scholarship Distinction Award




hillCatherine Hill, Entomology, Showalter Faculty Scholar





ilelejiKlein Ileleji, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, 2014-15 Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy




johalGuri Johal, Botany and Plant Pathology, University Faculty Scholar





keenerKevin Keener, Food Science, Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy Fellow





kokiniJozef Kokini, Food Science, Scholle Endowed Chair Professor in Food Processing





lumkesJohn Lumkes, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy Fellow





martinMarshall Martin, Agricultural Economics, Book of Great Teachers





morrisPamala Morris, Office of Multicultural Programs: Elected 2014-15 Chair of the Black Caucus of Faculty and Staff




nielsenSuzanne Nielsen, Food Science, Charles B. Murphy Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching; Global Affairs Fellow





okosMartin Okos, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Book of Great Teachers




oliverHaley Oliver, Food Science, Teaching for Tomorrow Award





petersJerry Peters, Youth Development and Agricultural Education, Hovde Outstanding Faculty Fellow Award





rotarSean Rotar, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, 2013-14 Teaching for Tomorrow Award




russellMark Russell, Animal Sciences, ADVANCE Diversity Catalyst; Learning Community Advocate Award





schutzMichael Schutz, Animal Sciences, CIC Academic Leadership Program Fellow





sicilianoPaul Siciliano, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Book of Great Teachers




turpinTom Turpin, Entomology, Special Boilermaker Award





umulisDavid Umulis, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Purdue Teaching Academy




wangHolly Wang, Agricultural Economics, 2014-15 Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy




waddellJolena Waddell, Animal Sciences, Teaching for Tomorrow Award




yeagerElizabeth Yeager, Agricultural Economics, Teaching for Tomorrow Award




The Nature of Wild Things LC Instructor Team, Forestry and Natural Resources, Outstanding New Learning Community Award:

dukesJeff Dukes





millsW.L. Mills





pluimerJulie Pluimer





prokopyLinda Prokopy





swihartRob Swihart






hallCherise Hall, Agriculture Business Office, Butler Leadership in Action Award; Graduated from Purdue’s Launching Tomorrow's Leaders program





kaiserJennifer Kaiser, Agriculture Business Office, 2014 Eleanor Kaplan Award for Exceptional Customer Service





Anneliese Kay, Office of Academic Programs, PACADA Outstanding Advisor Award



linvillAndy Linvill, Agronomy, CSSAC Service Staff Excellence Award






Graduate Students

chinNatalie Chin, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Graduate Instructional Development Certificate




logsdonRebecca (Becca) Logsdon, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, France A. Córdova Award for Leadership in Action



Teaching Academy Graduate Teaching Award:

boussiosDavid Boussios, Agricultural Economics





fardisiMahsa Fardisi, Entomology




guiHongji Gui, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture





herrera perezMarisol Herrera-Perez, Agricultural and Biological Engineering





kochRachel Koch, Botany and Plant Pathology




murphyJesse Murphy, Biochemistry




pauliBen Pauli, Forestry and Natural Resources




pleitnerAaron Pleitner, Food Science




tindellShalyse Tindell, Animal Sciences





voigtMelissa Voigt, Youth Development and Agricultural Education




Graduate Teacher Certificate:

coulter aAlison Coulter, Forestry and Natural Resources/Ecological Sciences Engineering




coulterdDavid Coulter, Forestry and Natural Resources





reaganSara Reagan, Agronomy





rothJason Roth, Agronomy




Undergraduate Students

allenJessyca Allen, Animal Sciences, Charles O. McGaughey Leadership Award



hugghisEli Hugghis, Botany and Plant Pathology, Black Caucus of Faculty and Staff Service and Leadership Award



hurtMoriah Hurt, Animal Sciences, Black Caucus of Faculty and Staff Service and Leadership Award




strumpfAlyssa Strumpf, Animal Sciences, First Place Overall, Undergraduate Research Poster Competition





tulhoskiKelsey Tuholski, Agronomy, Amelia Earhart Scholarship





Black Caucus of Faculty and Staff recognition for 3.0 and above GPA: Laurene Brown (Senior, BCHM); Charles Hawthorne (Freshman, BCHM); Sephora Hibbler (Senior, AGEC); Eli Hugghis (Freshman, BTNY); Moriah Hurt (Senior, ANSC); Mercedes LaLand (Senior, BCHM); Aiman Nawari (Senior, ABE); Jazmyne Spear (Junior, ANSC)

These College of Agriculture students have been elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa. Note, in particular, that ten of these scholars are juniors; such an early selection is a signal honor.

December 2013 Graduates: Martha R. Kille; Erin Elizabeth Nicklow  Juniors: Sydney D. Byerley; Kaitlyn L. Cashin; Sung Min Lee; James Kirby Nolan; Ashley Anne Ochs; Kyle P. Robinson; Kathryn L. Sands; Cody A Schnur; Daniel W. Sweeney; Allison J. Turner  Seniors: David Hubert Bedel; Elizabeth F. Bell; Lindya Maria Djaputra; Matthew T. Farr; Adrienne Marie Gorny; Ian Kane Hahus; Zhe Ji; Pauline Lay; Yuqian Lin; Joseph A. Lyon; Sasha Marie McCorkle; Patrick Joseph Polowsky; Abbie E. Schultz; Kelsey Nicole Tenney; Jadelys Miosotis Tonos; Brady James Weiss; Dana Victoria Williamson

College Awards and Recognitions



johnsonBill Johnson, Botany and Plant Pathology, Outstanding Graduate Mentor/Teacher




kuangShihuan Kuang, Animal Sciences, Agriculture Research Award





nielsenSuzanne Nielsen, Food Science, Richard L. Kohls Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award





rotarSean Rotar, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Richard L. Kohls Early Career Award




russellMark Russell, Animal Sciences, David C. Pfendler Outstanding Undergraduate Counselor




turcoRon Turco, Agronomy, Spirit of the Land Grant Mission Award





Purdue Agriculture 2014 TEAM Award: Center for Direct Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Biofuels (C3Bio) Team

TEAM award

Agricultural and Biological Engineering: Nate Mosier
Agronomy: Eileen Mallery, Dan Szymanski
Biochemistry: Clint Chapple, Joanne Cusumano, Jeong Im Kim
Botany and Plant Pathology: Nick Carpita, John Klimek, Anna Olek
Forestry and Natural Resources: Rick Meilan
Horticulture and Landscape Architecture: Angus Murphy, Wendy Peer, Haibing Yang

Fiscal Year 2012-2013 Members of the Millionaires Club ($1M or higher grant)

Bruce Applegate, Food Science
Dieudonne Baributsa, Entomology
Clint Chapple, Biochemistry
Brian Dilkes, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture
Natalia Doudareva, Biochemistry
William Field, Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Ricky Foster, Entomology
Peter Hirst, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture
Joseph Irudayaraj, Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Gurmukh S. Johal, Botany and Plant Pathology
William Johnson, Botany and Plant Pathology
Paul Jones, Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Michael Ladisch, Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Lisa Mauer, Food Science
Renee McKee, Youth Development and Agricultural Education
Kevin McNamara, International Programs in Agriculture/Agricultural Economics
Torbert Rocheford, Agronomy
Mitchell Tuinstra, Agronomy
Clifford Weil, Agronomy
Kiersten Wise, Botany and Plant Pathology
Charles Woloshuk, Botany and Plant Pathology



oppyAndy Oppy, Agricultural Economics, Outstanding Service to Students Award




business officeJennifer Spitznagle (FNR), Barbara Wireman (HLA), Samantha McFarland (AGRY), Business Office Service Award






Graduate Students

Outstanding Teaching Assistants:

perkisDavid Perkis, Agricultural Economics




welshMelissa Welsh, Youth Development and Agricultural Education




Undergraduate Students

bruntBrandon Brunt, Agricultural Economics, Outstanding Freshman





nannetQuinton Nannet, Biochemistry, Outstanding Sophomore





dawsonMorgan Dawson, Agricultural Economics, Outstanding Junior





martintTravis Martin, Agricultural Economics, Outstanding Senior





Townsend Communication in Agriculture Winners

Writing Competition Winners

smithrFirst place: Rebecca Smith, Freshman, Animal Sciences




halleSecond place: Ethan Hall, Senior, Agribusiness Management




wursterThird place: Madison Wurster, Freshman, Pre-veterinary Medicine





Presentational Speaking Competition Winners

johnsonaFirst place: Andrew Johnson, Sophomore, Agribusiness Management




smithcSecond place: Cole Smith, Freshman, Agribusiness Finance





carrollThird place: Katie Carroll, Freshman, Agribusiness Marketing







College of Agriculture winners at the annual Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium:

strumpfAlyssa Strumpf, Animal Sciences, First Place





raderstorfMegan Raderstorf, Animal Sciences, Second Place




ochsAshley Ochs, Biochemistry, Third Place




Departments and Units


Academic Programs

Anneliese Kay, 2014 NACADA Outstanding Advising Award winner, Certificate of Merit recipient in the Primary Advising category

Agricultural Research

Don Biehle, Frederick L. Hovde Award of Excellence in Education Service to the Rural People of Indiana


Melinda Grismer, Clinton County, 2014 NACDEP/JCEP Professional of the Year Award
Agricultural and Natural Resources
Individual: Kenneth Eck of Dubois County for the Southern Indiana Pork Conference.
Career: Dave Redman of Lawrence County.
Team: Andrea Brown (Carroll) and Tamara Ogle (Cass) for Cow Calf Series.

Economic and Community Development
Individual: Annette Lawler of Harrison County for Southern Indiana Communities Active in Disaster.

Health and Human Sciences
Individual: Bethany Daugherty of Lawrence County for Live Well Lawrence County.
Career: Reba Colley of Clark County.

4-H Youth Development
Bob Amick: Melissa Merida of Floyd County for Ready on the 4-H Set/Science Filmmaking Workshop.
Individual: Carla Kidwell of Warrick County for Warrick County Youth Scholarship Program.

Hans Schmitz of Gibson County for the Farmer to Farmer Program: Food Security/Ethiopia.

Cindy Barber of Daviess County for Reality Language for All.

Cooperative Extension Service Team
Kelly Heckaman (Kosciusko), Amy Nierman (Jackson), Jeff Pell (Hendricks), Hans Schmitz (Gibson) and Shannon Franklin (Ohio) for the Indiana Dairy Youth Conference.

Hancook Award
Lisa Graves, Barbara Mayfield, Jan Dougan, Annette Lawler, Inger Friend, Teresa Witkoske, Christina Ferroli

Outstanding Extension Specialist: Bruce Bordelon

Paul B. Crooks Award: Roy Ballard

Purdue Extension Director’s Award: David Petritz; Karen Plaut; Hank Wadsworth



Agricultural Communication

Natalie van Hoose, Booth Tarkington Award in Fiction and the Budd and Betty Knoll Award for the Best Entry of the 82nd Literary Awards Contest sponsored by the Purdue Department of English

Association for Communication Excellence (ACE) Awards:

Agricultures magazine, Bronze. Publishing/Magazines and Periodicals Team members: Andrew Banta, Tom Campbell, Beth Forbes, Laura Hoelscher, Olivia Maddox, Russ Merzdorf, Keith Robinson, Natalie van Hoose

Writing for the Web/Agricultures feature on Quilt Gardens, Bronze: Olivia Maddox
MyPlate Exhibit, Gold. Team members: Jeff Rollins, Beth Forbes, Rebecca Stephens, Jason Thorne, Kevin Smith, Mike Weber, Jenn Stewart, Sandy Danford, Mary Schultz, Russ Merzdorf, Angie Abbott, Melissa Maulding, Donna Vandergraff, Lisa Graves, Connie Weaver



ACMT Certification (Apple Certified Macintosh Technician), Part I
Chris Bentley
Jon Gillen
Geoff Grover

ACMT Certification (Apple Certified Macintosh Technician), Part 2
Chris Bentley
Jon Gillen
Jessica Rusco
Geoff Grover
Dan Rhine

Microsoft Windows 7.0 Certification
Chris Bentley

ITIL Service Management Foundations 
Chris Bentley
Jon Gillen
Geoff Grover
Mark Sobers
Jonathan Paulsen
Melinda Walsh
Ben Paxson

Rick Rodriquez: Project Management Professional (PMP)
Nishee Johnson: Knowledge Center Support Foundations
Adam Brooks: Microsoft Specialist; HTML5 with Javascript & CSS3
Charlie Smith: CompTIA Network+ & CompTIA Security+; Microsoft Technology Associate - Networking Fundamentals; Microsoft Technology Associate – Windows Server Administration Fundamentals; CIW Database Design Specialist; Microsoft Specialist; HTML5 with Javascript & CSS3


Agricultural and Biological Engineering


Jane Frankenberger: PUCESA Mid-Career Award

Klein Ileleji: PRF 8th Annual Inventors Recognition

Joseph Irudayaraj: American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering College of Fellows

Monika Ivantysynova: PRF 9th Annual Inventors Recognition; PRF 8th Annual Inventors Recognition; SAE Fellow

Gary Krutz: PRF 8th Annual Inventors Recognition

Michael Ladisch: Fellow, National Academy of Inventors

Rabi Mohtar: Distinguished Alumnus from Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences American University Beirut

Marshall Porterfield: PRF 9th Annual Inventors Recognition

Jenna Rickus: 8th Annual Inventors Recognition

Bernard Tao: PRF 8th Annual Inventors Recognition

George Tsao: Society for Commercial Development of Industrial Biotechnology


Agricultural Economics


Joe Balagtas: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association Quality of Research Discovery Award John Connor: American Antitrust institute Jerry S. Cohen Award for Antitrust Scholarship

Kwamena Quagrainie: Canadian Agricultural Economics Society Honourable Mention Publication of Enduring Quality

Wally Tyner: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association Distinguished Graduate Educator

Nicole Olynk Widmar: Southern Agricultural Economics Association Emerging Scholar Award


Outstanding Service Award, Clerical Michelle Query
Outstanding Service Award, Admin Professional Carol Wood

Graduate Students:

Tim Smith: 1st Place Poster

Undergraduate Students:

Brandon Brunt: Outstanding Freshman
Andrew Johnson: Outstanding Sophomore
Outstanding Junior (Undergraduate Student) Morgan Dawson
Travis Martin: Outstanding Academic Senior G.P.A.

Lowell S. Hardin Scholarship for International Studies Scholarship Fund for Study Abroad: Abbey Amos, Nicole Larkey, Kelly Beeker, Grace Mears                              

U.S. Department of Transportation Nextrans Student of the Year: Eric O'Rear

Outstanding M.S. Thesis: Aaron Cook and Juan Sesmero

Honorable Mention M.S. Thesis: Zhihua Hu

Outstanding Ph.D. Thesis: Azza Mohamed

Farmers National Company Foundation Scholarship: Ethan Stevenson

R. Dean Dyson Scholarship: Adam Messmer

Marshall Martin Public Policy Scholarship: Abbey Amos

F. Van Smith Scholarship: Kurt Lambright

Bartlett Farmily Scholarship in Agricultural Economics: Jaquelyn Brown

Raymond "Mick" Ortman Scholarship in Agricultural Economics: Jared Baird, Luke Liechty, Daron Wilson

Indiana Challenge Match for Ag Econ: Clate Kaiser

Indiana Challenge Scholarship: Bridget Elson

Donald and Joyce Villwock Scholarship: Joan Jordan

Hartman Family Scholarship: Jason Carey

Leighton M. & Helen May Geyer Scholarship in Agricultural Economics: Armenda Boyer

Dr. Steven Erickson Memorial ICM Scholarship: Aaron Dunajeski, Paige Pearl, Jared Burke

Co-Bank Scholarship: Tyler Pottschmidt, Erin Morrison

Jim and Neta Hicks Undergraduate Scholarship: Brandon Brunt, Amy Burbrink, Katie Carroll, Emily Wyrick, Ethan Truax, Christin Kettler, Breanna Lawyer, Zachary Frazier, Jaclyn Bauer

Trustee Scholarship: Andrew Johnson

Honors Research Participants: Andrew Sokolchik, Erin Whittaker

David and Stacy Hefty Outstanding Senior in Agricultural Economics: Travis Martin

Indiana Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers: Tyler Pottschmidt




Joe Anderson, Fall 2013 Food Systems Leadership Institute

Cale Bigelow, 2013 Richard L. Kohls Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award

Sylvie Brouder, Climate Science Day on Capitol Hill, Certificate of Participation; American Society of Agronomy 2013 Extension and Education Community Award for Digital Decision Aids

Jim Camberato, American Society of Agronomy 2013 Extension and Education Community Award for Digital Decision Aids; American Society of Agronomy 2013 Extension & Education Community Award for Publications of  >16 Pages

Shaun Casteel, 2013 Outstanding Extension Education Material – publications over 16 pages. “Wheat Field Guide”; 2013 Outstanding Extension Education Material – Decision Aids, “Corn and Soybean Field Guide App”; 2013 Early Career Award from Purdue University Cooperative Extension Specialist Association (PUCESA)

Gebisa Ejeta, Appointed to UN Director General’s Scientific Advisory Board; Elected to the African Academy of Sciences

Yiwei Jiang, member, Sigma Xi

Cliff Johnston, Appointed as a consultant to Stanley Fertilizer Company

Eileen Kladivko, The MCCC “Midwest Cover Crops Field Guide” was awarded the Gold Award (highest level) for technical publications from the Association for Communication Excellence (ACE)

Linda Lee, Purdue Graduate Student Government Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award

Dev Niyogi, Excellence in Research Awards; Coordinated the national project for American Associate of State Climatologist ARSCO state reports; Nominated as Chair of AMS Board for Urban Environment (“Confirmation” will occur in 2014)

Aaron Patton, PUCESA Special Award

Gary Steinhardt, Medal of Honor, Daughters of the American Revolution for community service

Diane Stott, Elected Incoming Chair of the ASA Environmental Quality Section (Chair in 2015)

Tony Vyn, CSSA Fellow award in November 2013; 2013 Outstanding Graduate Student Mentor

Graduate Students

Outstanding Graduate Research Award (M.S.): Quincy Law

Outstanding Graduate Research Award (Ph.D.): Jieqing Ping

Outstanding Graduate Extension Award: John McMillan

Outstanding Teaching Award: Quincy Daker Law

John D. Axtell Graduate Student Award in Plant Breeding and Genetics: Amanda Easterly, Raymond Lindsey, and Alex Renaud

Stanley A. Barber Memorial Scholarship in Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition: Amanda de Oliveira Silva

Marvin and Barbara Phillips Scholarship: Jason Geis

Joe L. White Graduate Student Award in Soil Chemistry and Mineralogy: Joseph Martin

Wayne P. Rothgeb Memorial Scholarship: Rima Thapa and Sara Reagan

Wyman E. Nyquist Scholarship: Alencar Xavier

M.O. Pence Graduate Scholarship 2014: Jason Geis

Gerald O. Mott Meritorious Graduate Student Award in Crop Science (Purdue Univ.): Rima Thapa

2013 Scarseth Scholarship: Donald J. Graper, John McMillan, Alex Renaud, Luis Rivera and John Scott

2014 Indiana Seed Industry Graduate Student Study Award: Shaylyn L. Warda

2013 International Plant Nutrition Institute Scholar Award: Peter Kovac

2nd Place – Crop Physiology and Metabolism Poster Competition at the Crop Science Society of America Meetings in Tampa FL: Jenae Skelton
Undergraduate Students

Outstanding Senior: Martha R. Kille

Outstanding Junior: Valerie Cross

Outstanding Sophomore: Kathryn M. Graf                                                           

Outstanding Freshman: Matthew D. Fox

Bruce F. Hardy Memorial Scholarship: William R. Ritter

Arvin R. (Rudy) Hilst Memorial Scholarship: Martha R. Kille and Kelsey L. Tuholski

Kenneth and Mary Cohee Crop and Soil Science Award: Lori A. Nussbaum, Jae Chung, William R. Ritter, and Brandon D. Ertel

Kenneth B. and Mary Cohee Scholarship in Agronomy: Martha Kille, Kelsey Tuholski, Caleb J. Lattimer, Matthew R. Price, Maggie Shoue, Aaron M. Young, Jon Wilson, John C. Hoban, Matthew J. Dudley, Isaac T. Greeson, Nathan J. Kingma, Arthur M. Franke, William S. Denton, and Cody Hornaday

Charles and Rosalee Schmidt Scholarship: Casey D. Colbert

Keim Family Scholarship: Uday M. Mitsuyasu and Daniel W. Sweeney

Carol A. Thiele Memorial Scholarship: Elizabeth R. Williams

James J. Vorst Cropping Systems and Soil Science Scholarship in Agronomy: Brandon D. Ertel

A. Bruce and Katherina M. Maunder Scholarship honoring Dr. J. B. Peterson: John M. Wanhainen

A. Bruce and Katherina M. Maunder Scholarship honoring Dr. Wayne Keim: Michael A. Busche

Dr. Bruce and Kathy Maunder ICM for International Study Abroad: Daniel Sweeney (Australia) and Jeffrey Evans (Kenya)

Ozzie Luetkemeier Endowment in Agronomy: Daniel Sweeney (Study Abroad to University of Adelaide, South Australia)

Emerson J. Kuhn Scholarship: Maggie E. Shoue and Casey D. Colbert

Mary Frances Seever Alumni Scholarship: Austin C. James

F. E. Robbins Scholarship: Melanie P. Jones and Allison M. Streeter

Beck Foundation Scholarship: Daniel Sweeney (Junior), Maggie Shoue (Sophomore), and Kathryn Graf (Freshman)

W. H. Daniel Sports Turf Scholarship: Matthew Dudley

Don Fassnacht Scholarship: Clark Miller

MRTF Golf Day – Syngenta Scholarship: Brock Miller

Midwest Regional Turf Foundation Scholarships: Zachary Ferguson, Keegan Gray, John Hoban, Andrew Marking, Jada Powlen, and Matthew Shafer

Max Slack/Midwest Regional Turf Foundation Scholarships: Cameron Rice and Andrew Wilhelm

M.O. Pence Undergraduate Scholarship 2014: Carl Joern

G.A. Ross Award (Agronomy Nominee): Daniel T. Bechman

Flora Roberts Award (Agronomy Nominee): Lori A. Nussbaum

American Society of Agronomy Outstanding Senior from the Agronomy Department at Purdue University: Allison M. Streeter

The Purdue Soils Team placed first in the Region 3 Collegiate Soils Contest in Stevens Point, WI (October 9-12, 2013): Tiffani Goodman (1st), Isaac Greeson (2nd), Arthur Franke (5th), Lori Nussbaum (8th).  Other team participants – Katie Fagan, Ariel Kucera, Betta McGaughey, Shams Rahmani, Maggie  Shoue, Maddie Smith, Nathan Vandermark.  Coaches:  Cathy Egler and Gary Steinhardt


Natural Resources and Environmental Science

Ryan Schroeder: Outstanding Freshman

Sara Weaver: Outstanding Sophomore

Allison Turner: Outstanding Junior; Udall Scholarship

Brittany Sievers: Outstanding Senior



Animal Sciences


Layi Adeola: Outstanding Graduate Educator

Mark Diekman: Academic Advising Administrator Certificate of Merit from the National Academic Advising Association

Alan Mathew: Elected President of the Midwest Section of the American Society of Animal Sciences; Elected Treasurer of the US Pork Center of Excellence; Selected to serve as a board member of the Fair Oaks Pig Adventure Education Center

Scott Radcliffe: Richard L. Kohls Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher

Mark Russell: David C. Pfendler Outstanding Undergraduate Counselor

Mike Schutz: Member of the Cooperative Extension Team Award for the Indiana Dairy Youth Conference Team and received the International Award for Farmer to Farmer Program: Food Security/Ethiopia from the Indiana Extension Educators Association

Jolena Waddell: Richard L. Kohls Early Career Award


Matt Claeys: National FFA Honorary Farmer Award

Phil Reid: Outstanding Service to Students

Graduate Students:

Katy Boesche: Second place in the Purina Animal Nutrition Graduate Student Poster Contest in Dairy Production: PhD Division at the ASAS/ADSA

Undergraduate Students:

Mary Grace Erickson: Outstanding Freshman

Abigail Haffner: Outstanding Sophomore

Acacia Herr: Outstanding Junior

Kelli Kimberly Lutz: Outstanding Senior



Jim Forney: Kohls Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher  

Joe Ogas: David C. Pfendler Outstanding Undergraduate Counselor


Sara Cloutier: Don Carlson Award

Kristi Trimble: Linda Siersema Staff Excellence Award

Graduate Students:

Yi Li: Beach Family Travel Grant

Michael Melesse: Henry Weiner Travel Grant

Jesse Murphy: Biochemistry Outstanding TA

Brendan Powers: Beach Family Travel Grant; PRF Research

Kelly Sullivan: Arnold K. Balls Award;  Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship

Siwen Wang: Henry A. Moses Award; Henry Weiner Travel Grant

Undergraduate Students:

Emily Erickson: 2014 Goldwater Scholarship

Peter Mercado Reyes: 2014 LSAMP (Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation) Research Scholar of the Year

Erin Nicklow: 2014 Purdue Mortar Board Fellowship

Outstanding Freshman – Peyton Spreacker

Outstanding Sophomore – Quiton Nannet

Outstanding Junior – Emily Erickson

Outstanding Senior – Erin Nicklow

Undergraduate scholarships:

Steve Dilk: Kwok Yip Tso Scholarship in Biochemistry

Emma Lendy: Patrick C. Matchette Scholarship

Kyle Robinson: David and Mary Scheible Scholarship in Biochemistry

Peyton Spreacker: Ray W. Fuller Memorial Scholarship

Cody Schnur: Kwok Yip Tso Scholarship in Biochemistry

Emory York, Iris Archer, Cole Wunderlich, Ryan Louer, Yi Wen, Michael Busche, Mitch D’Aloia: Edwin T. Mertz Memorial Scholarship

Sam Schaffter, Emily Erickson, Ashley Ochs, Adam Fessenden, Kirsten Westerhouse, Mackenzie Schultz, Quinton Nannet, Madeline Powell, Kaelan Brennan:  Zygmunt Family Scholarship in Biochemistry

Misha Remy and Monica Bomber: Dow AgroScience Research in Biochemistry Award


Botany and Plant Pathology


Steve Hallett, Department nominee for the Richard L. Kohls Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher in the College of Agriculture

Bill Johnson: Seed for Success Research Award

Kiersten Wise: 2013 North Central APS Early Career Award; Certificate of Achievement award from the NC-208 Soybean Rust Group; 2013-2014 Botany and Plant Pathology Department Richard Kohls Early Career Award


Tamara J. Benjamin: Team Award in the College of Engineering along with others on the Colombia Purdue Institute Team

Fred Whitford: Honorary Master Farmer Award from Indiana Prairie Farmer and Purdue University

Graduate Students:

Jorge Diaz: 2nd Prize (poster competition), The Building Bricks for the Future of Agriculture-- 2nd Symposium of Zamoranos in the US, 20 July 2013; AW Barksdale/JP Raper Mentor Travel Award, Mycological Society of America, Aug 2013.

Pratap Devkota: 3rd Place Graduate Individual at NCWSS Weed Contest 2013; 1st Place Graduate Individual Herbicide Identification at NCWSS Weed Contest 2013; 2nd Place in Graduate Student Poster Contest at NCWSS Annual Meeting 2013.

Rachel Koch: O.K. Miller Mentor Travel Award, Mycological Society of America, Aug 2013.

Sally Stevens: Edgar T. Wherry Award for best paper presented during the contributed papers session of the Pteridological Section, Botanical Society of America Annual Meeting; Graduate student travel award, Botanical Society of America; Graduate student travel award, Pteridological section of the Botanical Society of America and American Fern Society; Andrews/Blosser Travel Grant, Purdue University Graduate School

Joseph Walker: Education Grant, California Native Plant Society


Food Science


Bruce Hamaker: Fellow, Institute of Food Technologists; Alsberg-French-Schoch Memorial Lectureship, American Association of Cereal Chemists

Kevin Keener: 2014 ASABE Rain Bird Engineering Concept of the Year Award; Research and Development Award, Institute of Food Technologists; Fulbright Distinguished Fellowship, U.S. Department of State

Lisa Mauer: Marcel Loncin Research Prize, Institute of Food Technologists

Graduate Students:

Jonathan Kershaw: Certificate of Excellence Award, Office of Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs; Emerging Leaders in Science & Society Fellow, The American Association for the Advancement of Science.  Chose 16 graduate students nationwide to join their inaugural class of Fellows.


Forestry and Natural Resources


Jeff Dukes: named Associate Director of the Purdue Climate Change Research Center (PCCRC); FNR Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award

Jason Hoverman: PRF Summer Faculty Grant; George Mercer Award from the Ecological Society of America

Doug Jacobs: 2014-2015 class of CIC-ALP Fellows

Linda Prokopy: 2013 FNR Exemplary Faculty Service award

Marisol Sepúlveda: FNR Outstanding Graduate Educator; Western Region in Excellence Multistate Research Award

Rod Williams: FNR Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award (Early Career)


Janis Gosewehr: FNR Outstanding Clerical staff member

Shelly Opperman: FNR Outstanding Administrative/Professional staff

Julie Pluimer: FNR Outstanding Service to Students Award

Jennifer Spitznagle: 2013 graduate of the Accomplished Clerical Excellence (ACE) program.

Melissa Widhalm:  APSAC individual professional development grant.

Graduate Students:

Brad Graham won the Charles H. Michler Scholarship for the Outstanding Graduate Student Researcher in Forest Biology

Melissa R. Johnson: 2013 Summer Internship for Native Americans in Genomics (SING) workshop held at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Ken Kellner won the Fischer Forestry Fund Graduate Student Scholarship

Amber Mase was selected as a Student Presentation Award Winner at the Ninth Symposium on Policy and Socio-Economic Research during the 2014 AMS Annual meeting

Nicholas Marra won the Kirkpatrick Memorial Graduate Student Award

Gabriela Nunez-Mir won one of the awards for Best Student Presentations at the 9th Forestry and Natural Resources Management GIS conference, held in December in Athens, GA

Micah Stevens: Travel grant from the Board of Directors of the Walnut Council Foundation, Inc.  to present his research at the VII International Walnut Symposium in Fenyang, Shanxi, China

Bhagya Wijayawardena: $500 Grant-in-Aid of Research for his project (with Andrew DeWoody and Dennis Minchella) “The role of genomic stress in the new world invasion by Schistosoma mansoni”

Janna Willoughby: Scholarship to attend the 18th Summer Institute in Statistical Genetics at the University of Washington in Seattle.  Janna was also selected as the Purdue University 2013 Graduate Student Mentor of the summer.

2014 FNR Research Symposium poster session graduate student winners: Teresa Clark (Masters First Place); Ethan Belair (Masters Second Place); Johanna Desprez (Masters Honorable Mention); Tzu-Fang Lin (PhD Engagement First Place); Ahmed Abdel-Moneim (Ph.D. First Place); Alison Coulter (PhD Second Place); Gabriela Nunez-Mir (Ph.D. Research/Poster  Honorable Mention)

Undergraduate Students:

Sean Anderson won a Bartlett Tree Foundation Scholarship and Outstanding Camper in Forestry Awardand the Senior Academic Award – FAWS

Ryan Bartlett won a Ewbank-Bishop Endowed Scholarship in Forestry and Natural Resources

Cole Bleke won the Leadership Award – Wildlife.  Cole also won the Stanley Coulter Leadership Award

Keeli Curtis won the Roy C. Brundage Memorial Scholarship

Carmen Dobbs won the Claude M. Gladden Memorial Fund Scholarship; the Leadership Award in Forestry; and the Junior Academic Award in Forestry

Travis Dunn won a Bartlett Tree Foundation Scholarship and the Indiana Arborist Association Ramsey Award

Anthony Escobedo won the Undergraduate Engagement Award

Matthew Farr won the William A. Rafferty Award

Wesley Goldsmith won the Outstanding Camper in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences

Colleen Hartel won a Top Research Talk Award for her work as part of the SURF program in summer 2013.  Colleen’s research, under the mentorship of Stuart Carlton and Linda Prokopy, analyzed attitudes toward the Eastern box turtle in southern Indiana

Christian Houser won a Ewbank-Bishop Endowed Scholarship in Forestry and Natural Resources

Megan Kuechle won a Claude M. Gladden Memorial Fund Scholarship

Courtney Louden won a Claude M. Gladden Memorial Fund Scholarship

Whitney McGrew won Outstanding Camper – Wildlife

Jordan McGuckin won a Ewbank-Bishop Endowed Scholarship in Forestry and Natural Resources and a Pike Lumber Company Scholarship

Merle Mullet won a Bartlett Tree Foundation Scholarship

Kimberly Ordonez won Sophomore Academic Award – Wildlife.

Robert Packard won the Leadership Award in Wood Products Manufacturing

Jasmine Peele won a Claude M. Gladden Memorial Fund Scholarship

Austin Prechtel won the Sophomore Academic Award – Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences; a Claude M. Gladden Memorial Fund Scholarship; and the John Oliver Holwager II Memorial Scholarship

Sarah Ricketts won a Glenn R. Allison Scholarship

Allison Rubeck won the Senior Academic Award in Forestry

Kyle Schofield won a Claude M Gladden Memorial Fund Scholarship

Weston Schrank won a Coal Creek Habitat Management Scholarship

Sabrina Schuler won a Claude M. Gladden Memorial Fund Scholarship

Erika Sherwin won a Glenn R. Allison Scholarship

Nicholas Simpson won the Junior Academic Award – Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences

Lindsey Snider won a Claude M. Gladden Memorial Fund Scholarship

Rachel Steiger won a Claude M. Gladden Memorial Fund Scholarship

Jade Tonos won the L. David Mech Undergraduate Wildlife Research Award

Rachel Vanausdall won the Undergraduate Research Award.  Rachel also won a William A. Rafferty Award

Faith VanGunten won a Claude M. Gladden Memorial Fund Scholarship

Katherine Walker won a Glenn R. Allison Scholarship

Ardith Wang won the Durward Allen Memorial Award

Amanda Webb won the Senior Academic Award in Wildlife

Ivy Widick won a Claude M. Gladden Memorial Fund Scholarship

Joni Willits won the Junior Academic Award – Wildlife.  Joni also won a Claude M. Gladden Memorial Fund Scholarship and a John Oliver Holwager II Memorial Scholarship

2014 FNR Research Symposium winners: Colleen Hartel First Place in Undergraduate/Engagement; Tyler Krieg First Place in Undergraduate Research/Poster; Sarah Meronk Second Place Undergraduate Research Poster; Austin Prechtel Honorable Mention in the Undergraduate Research/Poster


Horticulture and Landscape Architecture


Jennifer Dennis, HLA’s nominee for the Richard L. Kohls Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher in the College of Agriculture

Avtar K. Handa: Elected Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Jules Janick: American Horticulture Society’s H. Marc Cathey Award

Roberto Lopez and fellow members of a multistate team were recognized with the ASHS Outstanding Extension Educational Materials Award for their e-GRO: Electronic Grower Resources Online website

Roberto Lopez and Diane Camberato received the OFA Alex Laurie Award for the most significant applied floriculture research paper published in 2012: Camberato, D.M., R.G. Lopez and B.A. Krug. 2012. Development of Euphorbia pulcherrima under Reduced Finish Temperatures. HortScience 47(6):745–750.

Kathryn Orvis: National Association of Extension and 4-H Agents’ Specialty Award

Rob Sovinski, HLA’s nominee for the David C. Pfendler Outstanding Counselor Award

Graduate Students:

Garrett Owen was selected as one of six OFA Scholars in 2013; Second Place, poster competition at the NCERA-101 meeting in Chena Hot Springs, Alaska; “End-of-production red and blue supplemental lighting from light-emitting diodes (LEDs) increases leaf pigments of Lactuca sativa L. ‘Magenta’ in the greenhouse”

Celina Gomez, Third Place, poster competition at the NCERA-101 meeting in Chena Hot Springs, Alaska; “Growth responses of greenhouse tomato seedlings to different spectra of supplemental lighting in a seasonal climate.”

Heejin Yoo, First Place award for her Outstanding Oral Presentation at the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) Midwestern Section Annual Meeting at Ohio State University for her talk: “An alternative pathway contributes to phenylalanine biosynthesis in plants via a cytosolic tyrosine:phenylpyruvate aminotransferase.” Also received 2014 Student Publication of the Year Award from the Purdue University Interdisciplinary Life Science Program (PULSe) for her paper:  Yoo H, Widhalm JR, Qian Y, Maeda H, Cooper BR, Jannasch AS, Gonda I, Lewinsohn E, Rhodes D and Dudareva N. 2013.  An alternative pathway contributes to phenylalanine biosynthesis in plants via a cytosolic tyrosine:phenylpyruvate aminotransferase.  Nature Communications 4, DOI: 10.1038/ncomms3833

Undergraduate Students:

Nicole Haddad, Outstanding Freshman

Allison Wigger, Outstanding Sophomore

Jada Powlen, Outstanding Junior

Dana Williamson, Outstanding Senior

Taro Cai, Camille Mahan, Lana Merrill, and Daniel (Zhicheng) Xu earned top national design awards at the ASLA meeting in 2013.

Landscape Architecture Program Awards:

Yoong Sin Tong, Outstanding Freshman
Ariana DeTogne, Outstanding Sophomore
Jenna Beck, Outstanding Junior
Dana Williamson, Outstanding Senior in Landscape Architecture and for all HLA

Design Awards:
Traemon Bobillo, Design Excellence (Sophomore)
Kayla Oldham and Jordan Pawlik, Design Excellence (Junior)

Special Recognition:
Olmsted Scholar – Dana Williamson
Molnar Scholarship 2013-14 – Alex Milanoski

ASLA Academic Honor and Merit Awards:
Honor Awards – Fei Peng, Victoria Mancini, Mark Beer
Merit Awards – Alex Milanoski, Dana Williamson, Sarah Lewis

A total of 84 student teams from 29 states submitted Green Infrastructure designs for the EPA-sponsored design competition called The Campus RainWorks Challenge. Three Landscape Architecture students were awarded Honorable Mention for their team’s design: Yueting Wang; Nicky Ye; Mengzi Wang

Youth Development and Agricultural Education


Linda Chezem: appointed by Governor Pence to serve as the Juvenile Justice State Advisory Group Chair and also to serve on the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute Board of Trustees

Kathryn Orvis: YDAE’s nominee for the Richard L. Kohls Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher in the College of Agriculture

Graduate Students:

Brittini Brown, Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) Scholar