May 2017

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From the Dean

Jay AkridgeThis is part two of our two-part issue of InFocus devoted to celebrating all our award winners in the College of Agriculture throughout the 2016-2017 academic year. Today’s issue features all the awards from our units and departments.

Congratulations to all of our award and recognition recipients at all levels, and thanks to all of those who supported our winners in the classroom, put together award nominations, or were involved in the recognition process in some way. We work hard to make sure everything is included in these issues, but if we missed any award winners, please 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 to make Purdue Agriculture great. Have a great summer!

All the best,



Departments and Units


Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Dennis Buckmaster – 2016-2017 Learning Community Student Impact Award
Natalie Carroll – ASABE Blue Ribbon for Comprehensive Publication, “Soil and Water Science”
Meng Deng – Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy (2016-2017); Teaching for Tomorrow Award - 2016
Margaret Gitau - 2017 College of Engineering’s Graduate Mentor Award for ABE
Konstantina Gkritza – Leadership Award, CoE Faculty Awards of Excellence
Bernard Engel – James R. and Karen A. Gilley Academic Leadership Award (ASABE)
William Field – Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America Honorary Fellow, 2016
Albert Heber – ASABE Superior Paper: “Odor and Odorous Chemical Emissions from Animal Buildings: Part 3, Chemical Emissions,” Transactions of the ASABE 58(5): 1333-1347
Klein Ileleji – Top-10 innovations at 1st All-African Post-Harvest Congress and Exhibit; The Andersons Cereal and Oilseeds Award of Excellence; Purdue Innovator Hall of Fame Inductee (for solar-powered crop dryer) 2016; NC 213 Award for Excellence, 2017
Joseph Irudayaraj – Seed for Success Award, Office for EVPRP, Purdue University, 2016
Monika Ivantysynova – honorary doctorate from Lappeenranta University of Technology;
John Lumkes – Kishida International Award (ASABE); Land O’Lakes Global Food Challenge Mentor;   Purdue Research Refresh Award, 2016-2017
Sara McMillan – IMPACT Fellow, Purdue University, 2016; Teaching for Tomorrow Fellow, Purdue University, 2016-2017
Jenna Rickus: Team Award, College of Engineering Faculty Awards of Excellence “Implantable Networks of Wireless Nanoelectronic Nodes”; Purdue University Faculty Scholar, 2016;
Dharmendra Saraswat – The American Society for Horticultural Science Extension Division Outstanding App Award, 2016; Blue Ribbon Extension Communication Award, Southern  Region, American Society of Horticultural Science
Roger Tormoehlen –PK-12 Outreach & Engagement Sustained Faculty Award – College of Agriculture, Purdue University – 2017;  Distinguished Extension Educator, American Association for Agricultural Education – 2016; Outstanding Extension Educator, North Central Region of the American Association for Agricultural Education – 2016
Andrea Vacca – 2015 Donald Julius Groen Prize awarded every year by Institute of Mechanical Engineers to the authors of a selected outstanding paper. With Davide Cristofori. “Modeling hydraulic actuator mechanical dynamics from pressure measured at control valve ports,” by Davide Christofori and Andrea Vacca (Proc IMechE Part 1: J Systems and Control Engineering, July 2015, vol 229 n. 6)
Purdue Agriculture 2017 TEAM Award: William E. Field, Salah Issa, Charlene Cheng, Steven Wettschurack, Michael Manning, Denise Heath, Donald J. Haberlin, Brandy Miller, Dirk Maier, Brian French

Graduate and Undergraduate Students
Riccardo Bianchi – 2016 Society of Automotive Engineers Excellence in Oral Presentation Award from the Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress
2016 AgRover (Practical Utility Platform, Basic Utility Vehicle) first place overall – Rachel Seals and Nolan Monhollen.
¼-Scale tractor won the Maneuverability Award at the International ¼-Scale Tractor Student Design Competition: Jake Feller, Ryan Fletcher, Candace Popp, Alex Reutman, Dustin Stevenson
Purdue iGEM: (international genetically engineered machine) silver medal at the annual Giant Jamboree in Boston; Suraj Mohan.
Will Field, Zane Gottschalk, Brady Need, Jacob Taylor, Katie Carnahan, and Kolt Kinsler received their American Degrees at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis
Anderson Smith received Orr Fellowship
Margaret Hegwood named to the 3rd Cohort of the Global Food Challenge Emerging Leaders for Food Security Program
Andrew Huang, Sushant Mehan, Samaneh Saadat, Anderson Smith: winning team of FiltraSoy, Indiana Soybean Alliance Student Soybean Innovation Competition
Agricultural and Biological Engineering Senior Capstone/Senior Design Poster Competition
Second place, Environmental & Natural Resource Engineering – Sherly Chen, Stephan Kines, Neil Underwood, Stephan Ussery
First place, Environmental & Natural Resource Engineering – Grace Baldwin
Second place, Vehicles – Nolan Monhollen, Zach Horn
First place, Vehicles – Amelia Lindsay, Alacyn Cox
Second place, Sensors & Electronics – Ryan Romanowski, Shihang Song, Cole Mundell
First place, Sensors & Electronics – Luke Schmit, David Hobbs
Second place, Bioprocessing – Ryan Drehs, Don Hoban, Alexis Laureano, Cody Spoolstra
First place, Bioprocessing – Sana Chughtai, Lydia Furrow, Meilin Jiang, Nathan Spratt
Second place, Food – Haley Berner, Darcie Gorsuch, Zach Oberhaus, Cameron Smith
First place, Food – Michelle Bonahoom, Hannah Cook, Paige Hiday
Second place, Product Handling & Processing – Jared Cates, Tyler Smith, Braydon Kitchel
First place, Product Handling & Processing – Andrew Huang, Anderson Smith
Purdue ABE/ME team win National Fluid Power Association Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge – Yizhou Mao, Zhengpu Chen (advised by Professor Andrea Vacca)
Undergraduate Research and Poster Symposium Awards College of Agriculture 1st-Place – Barbara McAnulty, Kathryn Atherton, Madalyn Alm
Paul Lengemann: ASABE Robert E. Stewart Engineering-Humanities Award
Femeena Pandara Valappil: one of two winners in the ASABE Ethics Video Challenge (EOPD-412 Professional Ethics Committee)
Magoon Award Honorees: Yi Li, Stuart Smith
CoE Outstanding Service Scholarship: Julia Burchell
CoE Outstanding Researcher Award: Ning Xiang
ABE Outstanding MS – Jessica Zuponcic
ABE Outstanding PhD – Pushpak Bhandari


Agricultural Economics

Paul Preckel: Millionaire's Club
Michael Gunderson: NACTA Teaching and Leadership Award - John Deere Award
Tom Hertel: Discovery Park Big Ideas Challenge

Andy Oppy: The Exponent Readers Choice Awards 2017 Runner Up Best Advisor
Linda Klotz: Clerical Outstanding Service Award
Kim Cook: AP Outstanding Service Award

Graduate Students
Jingyu Song: Teaching Academy Graduate Teaching Award

Undergraduate Students
Bartlett Family Scholarship in Agricultural Economics: Cody Anderson
Brent and Stacy Bible Scholarship: Josh Pollert, Brandon Frank
Chrissie Cartmell Scholarship: Nicole Ranstead
Dr. Clarence F. Jr and Martha E. Davan Scholarship: Brandon Brunt
R. Dean Dyson Scholarship: Cody Valiquet
Erickson Memorial ICM Scholarship: Rene Lewis, Mariah Sweet, Sidney Mumma
Farmers National Company Foundation Scholarship: Chad Hale
Geyer Scholarship: Adrianne Trennepohl
Lowell S. Hardin Scholarship for International Studies: Derek Berkshire, Britt Copeland, Melissa Stavenhagen
Hartman Family Scholarship: Samantha Morris
Jim and Neta Hicks Undergraduate Scholarship: Allie Abney, Austin Hubbell, Kathleen Jacobs, Thomas Meredity, Paige Stevenson, Rachel Stowers, Amber Wampler
Indiana Challenge Match for Ag Econ: Amanda Stuckwisch
Indiana Challenge Scholarship for Agricultural Economics: Rachel Trotter
Indiana Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers: Morgan Lambrecht, Adrianne Trennepohl
Marshall Martin Public Policy Scholarship: Jacob Semonis
Raymond "Mick" Ortman Scholarship in Agricultural Economics: Henry Harrell, Riley Lewis
Scholarship Fund for Agricultural Economics: Karlee Kitchell, Nathan Rayl, Sanne Van Roessel, Asa Sheffer
Syngenta Ag Scholarship: Jason Perkins
Trustee Scholarship in Agricultural Economics: Stephen Schwartz
F Van Smith Scholarship: Jordan Cory
Donald and Joyce Villwock Scholarship: Shelby Riley
Department of Agricultural Economics Outstanding Freshman: Stephen Schwartz
Department of Agricultural Economics Outstanding Sophmore: Erica Timmons
Department of Agricultural Economics Outstanding Junior: Rachel Stowers
Top Senior Scholar: Brian Wagler
David and Stacy Hefty Agricultural Economics Outstanding Senior: Cameron Mann

Agriculture Information Technology

ITIL v3 (Information Technology Infrastructure Library) Foundation Certification
Justin Bryant
Johnny Carroll
Cody Crocker
Crystal Dombkowski
Jonathon Green
Pradnya Jambhulkar
Aaron Parrish
Mark Sullivan
Michael Wilkins
Bryan Zuelly

Technical Management Institute (TMI) – Offered through Krannert
Cody Crocker
Shane Farnsworth
Cinnamon Gallatin
Pradnya Jambhulkar
Kyle Purple
Jessica Reno
Kevin Stevens
Michael Wilkins
Frank Wolf
Bryan Zuelly

Six Sigma White Belt
Pradnya Jambhulkar

Bravo Award – Human Resources Award
Pradnya Jambhulkar
Charlie Smith

Casper Certified Technician
Justin Bryant
Johnny Carroll

Apple Certified Mac Technician
Johnny Carroll

Knowledge Centered Services Principles
Cody Crocker

Masters of Science Communication
Kyle Purple

Masters of Arts Organizational Leadership
Cody Crocker



Bob Nielsen - 2016 Fredrick L. Hovde Award of Excellence. This award is for excellence in improving rural Indiana
Lee Schweitzer received the Student Choice Outstanding Educator Award.
Laura Bowling - University Faculty Scholar beginning the 2017-2018 academic year
Millionaire’s Club (These faculty were awarded a million dollar or higher grant during the 2015-16 fiscal year
Katherine Martin Rainey, Rima Thapa, from United Soybean Board, High-impact public research for modified carbohydrate composition in U.S. (Year 3 of 3), $1,931,035
Mitchell R. Tuinstra, Keith A. Cherkauer, Clifford F. Weil
, from Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency, Automated Sorghum Phenotyping and Trait Development Platform, $6,500,000
Gebisa Ejeta - Certificate of Excellence in research and research leadership’ from the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR), at the celebration of the 50th year anniversary of its establishment (2016)
Shaun Casteel: Hall and Casteel, 2016. 3rd Place in Ph.D. Student Poster Competition, C03 Division: Crop Ecology, Management and Quality. CSSA Annual Meetings – Phoenix, AZ; Casteel and Kovacs, 2016. Outstanding Extension Education Material: Poster. “Optimal soybean plant populations in Indiana” ASA Annual Meetings – Phoenix, AZ.
Keith Johnson: National Association County Agricultural Agents Search for Excellence in Livestock Production Award – Indiana Master Cattleman Program
Linda Lee: Purdue Agriculture InFocus, September 2016 – Diversity Champion Spotlight
Laura Bowling: Agronomy nominee for the outstanding undergraduate teacher
John Graveel: Favorite faculty
Michael Mashtare: 2016-17 Learning Community Exceptional Event Planner Award
Chris Johannsen: Rotary Fellow Award from the Rotary International President, K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran at the Lafayette Rotary Club Celebration of the Club’s 100th year – May, 2016.

Bruce Erickson, Janine Black and Debbie Runshe in Purdue IT: 2017 Digital Education Excellence in Teaching Noncredit Award. 
Sherry Fulk-Bringman: Student Choice Outstanding Club/Organization Advisor Award.  

Stefanie Griebel: CoA 2017 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant; 2017 Graduate School Excellence in Teaching Award
Heather Pasley: Monsanto STEM Fellowship
Megan Fenton: D. Woods Thomas Memorial Scholarship for international study
Megan Taylor: Teaching Academy Graduate Teaching Award.
Brad Thada: Graduate Teaching Certificate
Joshua Minai: Graduate Teaching Certificate
Hailey Edmondson: 2017 Townsend Communication Competition Second Place, Writing
Agronomy Club: Purdue Ag Council’s 2016 Option Club of the Year


Animal Sciences

Elizabeth Karcher: ASAS/ADSA Midwest Outstanding Young Teacher Award
Kara Stewart: Richard L. Kohls Outstanding Early Career Award
Paul Ebner: PUCESA Leadership Award; Outstanding Extension Specialist Award = Dr. Paul Ebner
Shawn Donkin: ASAS Animal Growth and Development Award

Patricia Jaynes: CSSAC Service Staff Award
Barry Delks: 2016 APSAC Excellence Award

Graduate Students
Brittany Casperson: ASAS/ADSA Young Dairy Scholar, Graduate Student = Brittany Casperson
Francisco Cabezon: ASAS/ADSA Animal Science Young Scholar, Graduate Student; Graduate Student Poster Competition, 2nd place
Nichole Chapel: NACTA Graduate Student Teaching Award
Morgan Garvey: Graduate Student Pathmaker Award
Hyun-Wook Kim: KAFTA Research Paper Competition, 1st place

Undergraduate Students
Jarret Proctor: ASAS/ADSA Undergraduate Student Poster Competition, 3rd place
Derico Setyabrata: Undergraduate Research Poster Competition, at the 69th RMC Conference, 1st place
Marissa Lorenz: Outstanding ANSC Senior
Emily Hess: Outstanding ANSC Junior
Skylar Clingan: Outstanding ANSC Sophomore
Erin Will: Outstanding ANSC Freshman
Marissa Lorenz: International Livestock Congress Student Fellow
Sydney Hancock, Clint Peacock, Lexi Weldon, and Tanner Wise: Academic Quadrathlon, 1st place team
National Barrow Show: Truckload Live Crossbred Division Winners, Reserve Grand Champion Truckload Live Division, and Grand Champion Truckload Carcass Contest: Emily Burris, Ross House, Morgan Mench, Sidney Mumma, Layne Sanders, Zachary Studer, and Jared Whiteside



W. Andy Tao – Elected to Board of Directors for the US Human Proteome Organization (USHUPO)
Barb Golden – Elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); Re-appointed as Dean’s Fellow for 2016-2017 academic year
Xiaoqi Liu  - Chosen as a 2016 Showalter Faculty Scholar
Jim Forney – Awarded “Exemplar of Professionalism Award” by the Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM)

Sherry Honn: Linda Siersema Staff Excellence Award

Graduate Students and Postdocs
Outstanding Teaching Assistant: Tiffany Young
PRF Research Award: Erin Sorlien
Beach Family Travel Grants: Funmilayo Adebesin, Zheng (Cindy) Xing, Ruixin (Ricky) Wang,
Henry Weiner Travel Grants: Rachel Stegeman, Chuan-Chih Hsu
Henry A. Moses Award: Allison Norvil
Arnold K. Balls Award:  Chen Shao
Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship: Chris Petell, Nina Serratore
Don Carlson Award: Jie Li (postdoc)
Joe Lynch (postdoc) – winner of the 2017 Graduate Student and Post-Doctoral Sigma Xi Poster Competition

Undergraduate Students
Outstanding Freshman: Nicole Adkins
Outstanding Sophomore: Stephanie Price
Outstanding Junior: Abdias Rodriguez
Outstanding Senior: Kaelan Brennan

Stephanie Price – first place winner of Townsend Writing Excellence Competition

Dr. Stephen P. Charlotte A. Coburn Scholarship: Nicole Adkins, Quin Waterbury
Ray W. Fuller Memorial Scholarship: Benjamin Anderson
Edwin T. Mertz Memorial Scholarship: Abdias Rodriguez, Julia Weeder, Amy Cox, Adam Hoehn, Stephanie Price, Matthew Norland, Kate Harris
David and Mary Scheible Scholarship in Biochemistry: Abigail Gress, Christopher Roberts
Kwok Yip Tso Scholarship: Kevin Lin
Donald and Rita Weeks Scholarship: Jordan Page
Zhao-Herrmann Scholarship in Biochemistry: Emily Overway
Zygmunt Family Scholarship in Biochemistry: Jacqueline Phipps, Jacob Crosser, Elizabeth Amundson, Sara Monhollen, Katelyn Huff, Gabrielle Buck, Kyle Wettschurack, Justin Couetil, Will Collier, Madison Smith, Mary Witucki

Botany and Plant Pathology

Anjali Iyer-Pascuzzi received the Foundation for Food and Agriculture (FFAR) New Innovator Award; received the departmental 2017 Richard L Kohls Early Career Award
Cathie Aime has been recognized as a University Faculty Scholar for 2017 and received the 2017 College of Agriculture Research Award
Dan Szymanski has been elected a Fellow of American Society of Plant Biologists
Cathie Aime, Bob Pruitt and Guri Johal were honorees at the Millionaire’s Club Luncheon
Kiersten Wise received the College of Agriculture Outstanding Extension/Faculty Specialist Award
Cathie Aime was selected to receive the departmental 2017 Richard L Kohls Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award
Bryan Young was selected to receive the departmental Outstanding Graduate Mentor/Teacher Award
Charles Woloshuk was selected to receive the departmental Outstanding Undergraduate Counselor

John Cavaletto was selected to receive the departmental Outstanding Service to Students Award
Sue Loesch-Fries, Deb Lubelski, John Cavaletto and Stevie Keen were all recipients of a BRAVO Award

Graduate Students
Pratap Devota (Ph.D. student) received the Weier Outstanding Ph.D. Student Award
Nolan Anderson (M.S. student) received the Weier Outstanding M.S. Student Award

Weed Science Graduate Students received several awards at the North Central Weed Science Society Conference
Travis Legleiter – NCWSS Outstanding Graduate Student
Marcelo Zimmer – 1st place in Agronomic Crops
Jamie Long – 1st place in Equipment and Application Methods
Paper Awards
Joe Ikley – 1st place in Agronomic Crops
Marcelo Zimmer – 2nd place in Agronomic Crops
Doug Spaunhorst – 1st place in Herbicide Physiology
Cara McCauley – 2nd place in Herbicide Physiology
Jodi Boe – 1st place in Weed Biology, Ecology and Management
Rachel Koch – received the Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship Award

Rachel Koch – Best student oral presentation at the Mycological Society of America’s annual meetings
Teeratas Kijpornyongpan – received a graduate fellowship from the Mycological Society of America; received the Salomon Bartniki-Garcia Research Award from the Mycological Society of America
Nolan Anderson – won 1st place in the poster competition at the North Central American Phytopathological Society meetings
Cara McCauley (Ph.D. student) was selected as the department's Teaching Academy Graduate Teaching Award recipient

Undergraduate Students
Matthew Hill was selected as Botany and Plant Pathology’s Outstanding Senior
Cade Kane was selected as Botany and Plant Pathology’s Outstanding Junior
Jenni Fishburn was selected as Botany and Plant Pathology’s Outstanding Sophomore
Alex Angel was selected as Botany and Plant Pathology’s Outstanding Freshman
Matthew Hill was awarded best oral presentation by an undergraduate at the Midwest Section of the American Society of Plant Biologists
Eli Hugghis placed 2nd nationally in the Written Essay Contest at the MANRRS National Career Fair in Philadelphia, PA
Mary Claire Noble – Undergraduate Research Award from the Mycological Society of America
Shannon Newerth – Best undergraduate presentation at the Mycological Society of America annual meetings
Josh Randall – National Agricultural Proficiency winner in Environmental Science and Natural Resources, National FFA Convention
Matthew Hill – Best Undergraduate Poster, Department of Botany and Plant Pathology Annual Poster Session
Nicole Klinger – selected for Disney Professional Internship in Biotechnology at Disney World, June 2017 - January 2018




Gary Bennett: UPCEA Celebration for Excellence Award for Mature Program
Timothy Gibb: Nominee for Excellence in Staff
Jeffrey Holland: Outstanding Graduate Educator
Linda Mason: Violet Haas Award
Virginia Ferris: Ag Alumni Certificate of Distinction
Rick Foster: BRAVO AWARD
Trevor Stamper: Kohls Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award
Steve Yaninek: BRAVO AWARD
Jennifer Zaspel: BRAVO AWARD

Susan Schechter: National Plant Board
Gwen Ann Pearson:  EF Foundation Medal of Honor; Bravo Award
Larry Bledsoe: Provost Recognition
Victoria Cassens: Provost Recognition
Lori Edwards: Provost Recognition
Mardelle Lorton: BRAVO AWARD
Amanda Wilson: BRAVO AWARD
Holly Fletcher-Timmons: BRAVO AWARD
Ben Prickel: BRAVO AWARD

Graduate Students
Bryce Foster: Ross Fellowship
Eoghan McCroskey: Purdue Doctoral Fellowship
Aaron Rodriques: Purdue Doctoral Fellowship
Gareth Powell: Outstanding MS Student in Entomology
Alexandra Duffy: Outstanding Entomology Student Service Award
Brittany Peterson: Outstanding PhD Student in Entomology
Aaron Ashbrook: Robert O. & Norma Y. Williams Pest Control Conference Award; J.T. Eaton & Company Scholarship
Mathew Dittmann: John J. Davis Memorial Scholarship
Alexandra Duffy:  A-Mark Pest Management/Eli Lilly Scholarship; J.T. Eaton & Company Scholarship
Julius Eason: C. C. Alexander Memorial Scholarship
Bryce Foster: Gerald Leeb Scholarship
Sudip Gaire: Oser Family Scholarship
Kabita Kharel: J. Edwin Sameth Memorial Scholarship
Crystal Klem: Oser Family Scholarship
Hannah Quellhorst: Rhodes Scholarship; C. C. Alexander Memorial Scholarship
Aaron Rodriques: Indiana Pest Management Association Memorial Scholarship
Mary Rushton: Rhodes Scholarship
Adam Salyer: Robert O. & Norma Y. Williams Pest Control Conference Award; Norm Ehmann/Van Waters & Rogers Scholarship
Julia Snyder: John J. Davis Memorial Scholarship
Sara Stack: National Pest Management Association Scholarship
Ashari Zain: J.T. Eaton & Company Scholarship
Timothy Anderson: Graduate School Excellence in Teaching Award

Undergraduate Students
Ashlyn Burns: Townsend Writing Excellence Competition; C. C. Alexander Memorial Scholarship
William Austin: Pest Control Magazine Scholarship; Townsend Writing Award
Julia Betz: George E. Gould Scholarship
Kirsten Brichler: William L. Brehm Memorial Scholarship
Nicolas Cazzaniga: John J. Davis Memorial Scholarship
Jerry (Yingxuan) Cheng: George E. Gould Scholarship
Brooke Dennis: George E. Gould Scholarship
Sarah Dietrich: C. C. Alexander Memorial Scholarship
Daniel Edwards: George E. Gould Scholarship
Cecilia Foley: Austin M. Frishman Scholarship
Zachary Goldman: Robert A. Oakes Memorial/B & D.A. Weisburger Scholarship
April Grummer: C. C. Alexander Memorial Scholarship
Joel Johnson: Norm Ehmann/Van Waters & Rogers Scholarship
Bailey Matthews: George E. Gould Scholarship
Megan McCarty: William L. Brehm Memorial Scholarship
Taylor Nelson: A-Mark Pest Management/Eli Lilly Scholarship
Brianna Pennell: J.T. Eaton & Company Scholarship
Lauren Quatroche: Austin M. Frishman Scholarship
Benjamin Savage: C. C. Alexander Memorial Scholarship: Vince Parman Scholarship
Catherine Terrell: John J. Davis Memorial Scholarship
Zachary Webster: J. Edwin Sameth Memorial Scholarship
Michael Woodruff: Duane Edwards Scholarship
Tianze Xue: George E. Gould Scholarship
Brandon Young: C. C. Alexander Memorial Scholarship
William Austin: Outstanding Sophomore in Entomology
Julia Betz: Outstanding Freshman in Entomology
Megan McCarty: Outstanding Junior in Entomology
Benjamin Savage: Outstanding Senior in Entomology

Food Science

Haley Oliver: Teaching Academy Fellow; Richard L. Kohls Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award; Public Engagement Fellow, Alan I. Leshner Leadership Institute for Public Engagement with Science, American Associate for the Advancement of Science
Suzanne Nielsen: Carl R. Fellers, Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)
Jozef Kokini: Nicholas Appert, Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)
Arun Bhunia: Maurice Weber Laboratorian, International Association for Food Protection (IAFP)
Cordelia Running: Patsy J. Mellott Teaching Innovation Award
Kee-Hong Kim: University Faculty Scholar
Christian Butzke: Big Idea Challenge, Discovery Park, Purdue University; Gold Award, Purdue Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy, Foundry at Discovery Park
Center for Food Safety Engineering/Department of Food Science: GMA Food Safety Award, International Association for Food Protection (IAFP)          

Graduate Students
Brianda Elzey: George Washington Carver Fellowship
Hazal Turasan: Graduate Student Pathmaker Award, 2017
Kacie Ho: B.J. Liska Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, Fall 2016
Adrienne Voelker: B.J. Liska Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, Spring 2017
Leigh Schmidt: Phi Tau Sigma Student Achievement Scholarship
Marcela Martinez Chavez: Elected President of Purdue Graduate Student Government
Darwin Ortiz: Won poster competition in “CARIG Symposium”, American Society for Nutrition. Co-authors: Smith Nkhata, Aimee Buechler, Torbert Rocheford, Mario Ferruzzi

Undergraduate Students
Abigail Sommer: Purdue Undergraduate Research and Poster Symposium, 3rd Place
Alyssa West: Purdue Undergraduate Research and Poster Symposium, 3rd Place
Caitlinn Lineback: Purdue Undergraduate Research and Poster Symposium, 3rd Place
Aimee Buechler: Outstanding Senior
Deklin Veehuizen: Outstanding Junior
Brandon Lehn: Outstanding Sophomore
Lauren Kumpf: Outstanding Freshman

Natalie Donovan (team captain), Ryan Murphy, Simran Kaur, Christopher Cheng, Juan Sanchez, Yaya Ismail, Kathryn Johnson, Leigh Schmidt: College Bowl, National 1st Runner Up, Institute of Food Technologists, 2016 (Graduate and Undergraduate Students).   

Abigal Sommer (team captain); Yahya Ismail; Christopher Cheng; Ryan Murphy; Shreya Sahasrabudhe; Katie Liang: College Bowl, Midwest Region Champions, Institute of Food Technologists, 2017 (Graduate and Undergraduate Students).                                                     

Charles Hawthorne, Biochemistry; Maurina Baker, YDAE; Joseph King, Food Science; Vincent Finnell, NRES; Penny Wang, Food Science: MANRRS Quiz Bowl Team finished as runners-up in the MANRRS Quiz Bowl contest at the MANRRS National Career Fair and Training Conference    


Forestry and Natural Resources

Rod Williams was selected to be a Fellow of the Purdue University Teaching Academy.
Linda Prokopy was chosen to receive the Corinne Alexander Spirit of the Land Grant Award.
Shaneka Lawson received a Gold President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) from U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack at the USDA’s Abraham Lincoln Honor Awards Ceremony.
Jeff Dukes was named the Belcher Chair for Environmental Sustainability.
Andrew DeWoody was selected as an AAAS Fellow.
Jeff Dukes, Reuben Goforth, Linda Prokopy, Rob Swihart, and Julie Pluimer received the Learning Community Academic Connection Award.  This is the fourth year out of five that the team has received a Learning Communities award.
Rick Meilan was acknowledged at the 12th Annual Inventors Recognition Reception for issuance of a patent in which he is listed as inventor.
Marisol Sepulveda was named as the 2017 Susan Bulkeley Butler Distinguished Lecture speaker.
Robert Swihart received the Hoosier Wildlife Award from the Indiana Chapter of the Wildlife Society.
Tomas Hook was selected to be a University Faculty Scholar.
Rod Williams received the Purdue Office of Engagement Service Learning Award.
Reuben Goforth received a Bravo Award.

Sam Guffey was chosen to be the APSAC Chair for 2016-2017.
Don Carlson received an Administrative & Professional Staff Advisory Committee (APSAC) professional development grant.
Kara Salazar was accepted into the 2017 National Extension Leadership Development program; Kara also received the Early Career Leadership Award from The Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals.
Christine Hofmeyer was nominated to receive the Purdue Agriculture Service to Students Award.
Betty Barlow received a Bravo Award.
Brian Beheler received a Bravo Award.
Tami Conn received a Bravo Award.
Jarrod Doucette received a Bravo Award.
Christine Hofmeyer received a Bravo Award.
Julie Pluimer received a Bravo Award.
The following FNR staff celebrated service anniversaries this year: Christine Hofmeyer (10 years), Bob Rode (10 years), Nathan Hilliard (15 years), and Marlene Mann (40 years).

Graduate Students
Chelsea Clyde-Brockway was selected as an award recipient of the D. Woods Thomas Memorial Fund Award to Support International Activities.
Jenny Antonides was invited to participate in the inaugural “Genomics of Disease in Wildlife” workshop to be held June 3-11 at Colorado State University.
Jacob Berl was selected as the FNR 2017 Teaching Academy Graduate Teaching Award winner.

At the FNR Awards banquet, the following awards were given to FNR graduate students:
Graham Frank – Fischer Forestry Fund Graduate Student Scholarship
Jon Knott – Charles H. Michler Scholarship for the Outstanding Graduate Student
Gabriela Nunez-Mir – Charles H. Michler Scholarship for the Outstanding Graduate Student
Emily Thyroff – Fischer Forestry Fund Graduate Student Scholarship

At the annual FNR Research poster competition, the following awards were given to FNR graduate students:
Sarah Abercrombie- FNR Research Symposium – MS Research Poster Award – 2nd place
John Abu-Kpawoh – FNR Research Symposium – MS Research Poster Award – Honorable Mention
Kristen Bellisario – FNR Research Symposium – PhD Research Poster Award – Honorable Mention
Mysha Clarke – FNR Research Symposium – PhD Research Poster Award – 1st place
Amy Godfrey – FNR Research Symposium – PhD Research Poster Award – 2nd place
Skye Greenler – FNR Research Symposium – MS Engagement Poster Award – 1st place
Ben Leonhardt – FNR Research Symposium – MS Research Poster Award – 1st place
Amy Weber  – FNR Research Symposium – PhD Research Poster Award – 2nd place
Casey Day – FNR Research Symposium – PhD Engagement Poster Award – 1st

Ben McCallister was selected to be the 2016 winner of the Indiana Arborist Association Ramsey Award.  Sarah Abercrombie was named the runner up.

The following awards were given to FNR undergrads at the FNR Spring Awards Reception:
Sarah Abercrombie – L. David Mech Undergraduate Wildlife Research Award
Sam Armstrong – Senior Academic Merit Award in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences; Outstanding Camper in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
Hannah Basham – Outstanding Camper in Forestry
Lillie Berger – Claude M. Gladden Memorial Fund
Matthew Byrnes – Claude M. Gladden Memorial Fund
Katie D’Addato – Sophomore Academic Merit Award in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences; Sophomore Academic Merit Award in Forestry
Jared Deininger – Roy C. Brundage Memorial Scholarship; ISAF Summer Practicum Scholarship
Katherine Dinolfo – Senior Academic Merit Award in Wildlife
Kellee Edington – Claude M. Gladden Memorial Fund; Ewbank-Bishop Endowed Scholarship; Outstanding Freshman
Lexi Eiler – Claude M. Gladen Memorial Fund; Junior Academic Merit Award in Wildlife; Durward Allen Memorial Award
Bailey Elkins – John Oliver Holwager II Memorial Scholarship
Cody Gramlin – John Oliver Holwager II Memorial Scholarship
Stewart Hamilton – Junior Academic Merit Award in Forestry
Caroline Harms – Glenn R. Allison Scholarship
Ashley Higdon – Outstanding Camper in Wildlife
Todd Houser – Claude M. Gladden Memorial Fund
Kendria Huff – Sophomore Academic Merit Award in Sustainable Biomaterials
Rebecca Lumkes – Leadership Award in Wildlife
Ben McCallister – Ewbank-Bishop Endowed Scholarship; Bartlett Tree Foundation Scholarship; ISAF Summer Practicum Shcolarship
Victoria Montarsi – Ewbank-Bishop Endowed Scholarship
Landon Neuman – Claude M. Gladden Memorial Fund; Outstanding Sophomore
Trevor Nice – Junior Academic Merit Award in Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences
Jameson Pierce – Claude M. Gladden Memorial Fund; Pike Lumber Company Scholarship; Coal Creek Habitat Management
Kelsey Rearick – Glenn R. Allison Scholarship – Junior Award
Karly Rushmore – John Oliver Holwager II Memorial Scholarship
Collin Schindler – Claude M. Gladden Memorial Fund; Sophomore Academic Merit Award in Forestry
Sabrina Schuler – Senior Academic Merit Award in Forestry
Priyanka Shankar – Junior Academic Merit Award in Sustainable Biomaterials
Korbin Smith – Claude M. Gladden, Memorial Fund
Morgan Sussman – Claude M. Gladden Memorial Fund; Outstanding Junior
Emily Tauber – Ewbank-Bishop Endowed Scholarship
Nick Uecker – Ewbank-Bishop Endowed Scholarship
Alexis Vercauteren – Glenn R. Allison Scholarship
Sean Verkamp – Ewbank-Bishop Endowed Scholarship; Roy C. Brundage Memorial Scholarship
Lucas Voorhees – Claude M. Gladden Memorial Fund
Evan Watkins – Leadership Award in Forestry; Society of American Foresters Senior Award; Leadership Award in Wood Products Manufacturing Technology/Sustainable Biomaterials; Undergraduate Engagement Award
Paige Weldy – Outstanding Senior; William A. Rafferty Award

At the annual FNR research poster competition, the following awards were given to FNR undergraduate students:
Lexington Eiler – FNR Research Symposium – Undergraduate Research Poster Award – 1st place
Laura Estrada – FNR Research Symposium - Undergraduate Research Poster Award – Honorable Mention
Paige Weldy – FNR Research Symposium – Undergraduate Research Poster Award – 2nd place


Horticulture and Landscape Architecture

Bruce Bordelon: 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award, American Society for Enology and Viticulture - Eastern Section. 
Hye-Ji Kim: 2016–2017 - Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture Richard L. Kohls Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award nominee; 2016, Bravo Award “Moving the University Forward”.
David Barbarash: Purdue Teaching Academy inductee; Horticulture and Landscape Architecture Outstanding Counselor Award
Aaron Patton 2016 Scholarship of Engagement Fellow, Purdue University, Office of Engagement.
Jian-Kang Zhu: Herbert Newby McCoy Award
Peter Hirst: Jefferson Science Fellow; College of Agriculture Extension MidCareer Award
Jules Janick: 65 Years of Service
Ying Li: Professors Reviewing Excellent Practices (PREP) Class – Completion
Hye-Ji Kim: HLA Outstanding Early Career Teacher
Sean Rotar: HLA Outstanding Teacher

Rosie Lerner: Purdue Cooperative Extension Specialists Association (PUCESA) Career Award 2016

Graduate Students
Rachel McCoy: Outstanding Graduate Poster at the Midwest American Society of Plant Biologists meeting; Honorable Mention for PULSe’s 5 Minute Thesis Competition; University of Georgia Travel Scholarship for the UGA Plant Sciences Symposium; Spring 2017 Travel Grant from Graduate Women in Science Programs (WISP) and PULSe

Undergrad Students
Landscape Architecture Outstanding Freshman: Sydney King
Landscape Architecture Outstanding Sophomore: David Armbruster
Landscape Architecture Outstanding Junior: Michelle Lockhart
Landscape Architecture Outstanding Senior: Anne Furlong

Horticulture Outstanding Freshman: Robert Hermenze
Horticulture Outstanding Sophomore: Melissa Ramey
Horticulture Outstanding Junior: Sabrina Myoda
Horticulture Outstanding Senior: Chelsea Maupin

HLA Outstanding Freshman: Sydney King
HLA Outstanding Sophomore: David Mitchell Armbruster
HLA Outstanding Junior: Sabrina Myoda
HLA Outstanding Senior: Chelsea Maupin

Landscape Architecture Excellence in Design, Freshman:  Quiyue Du
Landscape Architecture Excellence in Design, Sophomore: Sarah Acevedo
Landscape Architecture Excellence in Design, Junior: Kelly Campbell and Daniel Zuercher
Landscape Architecture Outstanding Capstone Project, Senior:  Yisi Liu

American Society of Landscape Architects Certificate of Merit: Clare Drummond, Anne Furlong
American Society of Landscape Architects Certificate of Honor: Katie Bierrum, Yisi LiuLandscape Architecture Foundation Olmsted Scholar: Yisi Liu


Natural Resources and Environmental Science

Ryan Schroeder: Outstanding Senior
Jacob Klaybor: Outstanding Junior
Kasha Halbleib: Outstanding Sophomore
Allison Little: OutstandingFreshman

Youth Development and Agricultural Education

Colleen Brady: Election to Council for International Society of Equitation Science; YDAE Graduate Student Mentor Award
Natalie Carroll: Blue Ribbon Award, 4-H Soil & Water Science Curriculum
Allen Talbert: Distinguished Teacher Award, American Association of Agricultural Educators, NC Region; Faculty Mentor Champion Award, Purdue Horizons Student Support Services; YDAE Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher Award
Jerry Peters: Distinguished International Agricultural Educator Award, AAAE, NC Region
Levon Esters: Distinguished Research Award, AAAE, NC Region; Purdue Black Graduate Student Association Engagement Award presented to Mentoring@Purdue  (Levon Esters and Neil Knobloch)
Roger Tormoehlen: Distinguished Extension Educator Award, AAAE, NC Region; PK-12 Sustained Faculty Impact Award
Mark Tucker: YDAE Outstanding Undergraduate Counselor Award; Ag Research Spotlight

Amy Conrad: YDAE Outstanding Service to Students Award
Elizabeth Byers-Doten: Purdue Academic Advising Association Outstanding New Professional Award
Kimber Nicoletti-Martinez: Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault Inspiration Leader Award; Purdue College of Agriculture Diversity Champion Spotlight

Graduate Students
Brandon Allen: Second Place,  Bunge Agribusiness Case Study Contest; Purdue MANRRS Case Study Team (Brandon Allen, YDAE; Christine Charles, Agronomy; Brandon Hunter, Biochemistry; Kierra Jammer, Biochemistry; Gabriella Corradi, Animal Sciences)
Kaylie Scherer: YDAE Outstanding Thesis Award
Brittini Brown: YDAE Outstanding Dissertation Award
Lauren Brizgys: Golden Key International Honor Society
Cecilia Espinoza-Morales: 2017 Graduate Instructional Development Certificate
Miranda Furrer: 2016 Indiana Master Naturalist
Elise Lofgren: Graduate AG Research Spotlight
Kami Knies: Teaching Academy Graduate Teaching Award

Undergraduate Students
Cameron Mann: Flora Roberts Outstanding Senior Woman Award; COA Outstanding Senior; YDAE Outstanding Senior; 2016 Homecoming Queen
Elizabeth Brown: YDAE Outstanding Junior
Brianna Lammers: YDAE Outstanding Sophomore
Kayla Grown: YDAE Outstanding Freshman
Maurina Baker: Runner Up:  MANRRS Quiz Bowl- MANRRS National Career Fair & Training Conference; Second Place Nationally, MANRRS Written Essay Contest Purdue MANRRS Quiz Bowl Team (Maurina Baker, YDAE; Charles Hawthorne, Biochemistry; Joseph King, Food Science; Vincent Finnell, NRES; Penny Wang, Food Science)
Hannah Tucker: Second Place Speaking Competition- Townsend Communication Competition
Morgan Winder: First Place Soils Judging Team

IAAE-Purdue Awards
Outstanding AGED Members   IAAE- Purdue Awards
Freshman: Sheridan Elswick and Leah Hefty       
Sophomore: Brianna Lammers and Skylar Clingan
Junior: Heather Goss and Elizabeth Brown
Senior: Jordan Paine and Laura Crosby

Superlative Award  IAAE-Purdue Awards
Freshman: Kayleigh Krieger and Lindsay Yeager
Sophomore: Ryan Scully and Joshua Calhoun
Junior: Cameron Frazier and Lindsey Williams
Senior: Jordan Paine and Laura Crosby

Scholastic Excellence Award

Lindsay Yeager
Morgan Winder
Kara Schueler
Kelsey Quinn
Jordan Paine
Leah Hefty
Anna Hall
Sheridan Elswick
Laura Crosby
Catherine Chustak
Josh Calhoun
Emily Burris
Bailey Bromstrup-Crowder
Brianna Lammers
Elizabeth Brown
Natalee Brann
Jennifer Miller Skylar Clingan
Brandon Brunt
Christy Mote
Shalee Daming
Jessica Stoten