- Julie Rothe, a PhD student in Plant Breeding, won third place for her poster presentation at the North American Agricultural Biotechnology Council’s 25th Annual Conference in College Station, Texas. Julie’s major professor is Dr. Dirk Hays.
- Stacy Arteaga, an undergraduate student in Agronomy, received second place in the undergrad poster presentation under “Earth Sciences” during the 2013 TAMU Student Research Week. The title of her poster was “Aflatoxin Detoxification Method Combining Mesoamerican Nixtamalization and Clay Absorption Techniques”.
- Joseph Eric Evans , an undergraduate student in Agronomy, 1st Place Undergraduate Poster for Plant Sciences during the 2013 Beltwide Cotton Conference. The title of her poster was “A Novel Strategy To Measure Cotton Boll Maturity”.
- Reagan Noland won 1st place in the Crops Division Graduate Student Poster Competition at the Southern Branch meeting of the Agronomy Society of America held in Orlando, FL, February 3-5, 2013. Noland presented data from his research project titled ‘Effect of an integrated strip-tillage and cover cropping system on crop yield and soil moisture in a semi-arid environment.’ This research is conducted in both Beeville and Uvalde, TX. Jamie Foster and Cristine Morgan serve as his co-chairs.
2013 Student Contest SSLRW
At the 50th annual Soil Survey and Land Resources Workshop, 16 students from 4 schools (Tamu, Baylor, Texas Tech, and Stephen F Austin) presented their research. The winners of the student contest were:
- 1st Liz Marley, TAMU, “Distinguishing Subsurface Characteristics of Soils Using Electrical Resistivity Tomography”
- 2nd Mart Berg, TAMU “An intensive new approach to tracking long-term soil loss and sediment transport on rangelands”
- 3rd Justin Von Bargen, Baylor University, “Charcoal Chemistry: Developing a Proxy for Paleofire Regimes”
in the picture from left to right, Cristine Morgan, Justin Von Bargen, Matt Berg, Liz Marley
2013 U.S. Borlaug fellow in Global Food Security
- Sean M. Thompson, a Plant Breeding doctoral student has been named a 2013 U.S. Borlaug fellow in Global Food Security.
The U.S. Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security program is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to expand the pool of U.S. food security professionals who have the scientific base needed to effectively study and manage the global landscapes in support of sustainable food systems.
Thompson’s research focuses on development of new heat-tolerant wheat cultivars through a focused program of optimized phenotyping utilizing remote sensing technologies in crop breeding; he is co-chaired by Dirk B. Hays and Amir M.H. Ibrahim.
2012 Texas Plant Protection Association Awards
- Trevor Jones, a PhD student in Weed Science, was selected as 1st place winner in the 2012 Texas Plant Protection Association graduate student poster competition. His poster was titled “The Effect of Ricebeaux™ on Newpath™ for Enhanced Red Rice (Oryza sativa L.) Control in Imidazolinone-Tolerant Rice (Oryza s.).” Trevor’s major professor is Dr Scott Seasmann.
- Danielle Dittrich, a MS student, placed 3rd at the the 2012 Texas Plant Protection Association graduate student poster competition. Her poster was titled “the 2012 Texas Plant Protection Association graduate student poster competition “Influence of irrigation nitrate crediting on cotton production and residual soil nitrate in the Texas Rolling Plains.” Her adviso is Dr Paul DeLaune, located in Vernon, Texas.
2012 NCCPB Graduate Student Award
- Francis Beecher, a PhD student in Plant Breeding, has been selected for the National Council of Commercial Plant Breeders Graduate Student Award for 2012. His thesis work, an investigation of the composition of plant waxes in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) is being carried out under the direction of advisers Amir Ibrahim and Dirk B. Hays. The award includes a $2,500 reward, to be presented at the 2012 American Seed Trade Association meeting in Chicago, Illinois.
2012 Crop Science Society of America
- Sean M. Thompson, a Ph.D. student in Plant Breeding was awarded 3rd place and $100 for his talk titled: “Estimating Forage Wheat Biomass From 3-D Vegetation Parameters Collected Using a Terrestrial Laser Scanner”. He received the award in the C02 Crop Physiology and Metabolism graduate student competition at the 2012 ASA, CSSA, and SSSA meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio. Sean’s work focuses on use of remote sensing technologies in crop breeding programs; he is co-chaired by Dirk B. Hays and Amir M.H. Ibrahim.
2012 ASA, SSSA Award
- Danielle Dittrich , a masters student in soil science, is co-chaired by Paul DeLaune (AgriLife Research-Vernon) and Frank Hons.She won 2nd place and $300 in the S4/S8 Graduate poster competition at the recent ASA, SSSA meetings.
Charles H. & Frances Fleming Academic Excellence Award
- Archana Gawde, student of Dr. Joseph Awika, received the Charles H. & Frances Fleming Academic Excellence Award.
AACCI Graduate Fellowship 2012
- Tom Jondiko, Ph.D. student of Dr. Joseph Awika received the AACCI Foundation’s fellowship recently. There is a $3,000 reward for the 2012-2013 year contributed by AACCI Milling & Baking Division M. Rella Dwyer Graduate Fellowship.
TAMU Academic Excellence Award Scholarship
- Archana Gawde, student of Dr. Joseph Awika, has received the Charles H. & Frances Fleming Academic Excellence Award. This award has a total value of $1,000 and is endowed by the Association of Former Students.
- Additionally, she has received the Graduate Student Council endowed first, Aggie Core Values Award 2012 endowed for Excellence, Integrity, Leadership, Loyalty, Respect, and Selfless Service. Archana has served on the Graduate Student Council (2009-11), as the Diversity Commissioner with Student Government Association (2010-11) and as the President of International Student Association (2011-12). This award is a reflection of her Aggie spirit and includes a scholarship for her Aggie Ring.
- She extends invitation to graduate students, faculty and staff members at the Department of Crop & Soil Sciences, for a reception of this award on April 24th, 2012. 6:00 pm in Memorial Student Center.
- Archana also received the Montgomery Leadership Award 2012 endowed by the Office of Graduate Studies.
2012 TAMU Student Research Week
- Joseph Storlien, a PhD candidate in Soil Science, received 1st place in the graduate student poster presentation competition in the category of “Earth Sciences, Geosciences and Water Resources” during the 2012 TAMU Student Research Week. The title of his poster was “Effects of Agronomic Practices on Greenhouse Gas Fluxes from Bioenergy Sorghum”. Joe’s co-major professors are Frank Hons and Terry Gentry.
- Josh Bynum, a Soil & Crop Sciences student,won the $200 second place award in the poster competition.