Michael Kuitu with Dr. David Baltensperger
Michael Kuitu received the Extension Program Specialist Award from David Baltensperger, Ph.D., professor and department head.

Congratulations to all our faculty, staff and students who received awards during the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences’ annual meeting held on Jan. 11 at the Scotts Miracle-Gro Turfgrass Research Facility in College Station.

Kevin McInnes, Ph.D., and David Stelly, Ph.D. were recognized for their years of service with the university. Stelly has been with the department for 40 years and McInnes has served for 35 years.

The department also presented 23 awards during the meeting, including:

Administrative/Extension Awards

  • B.B. Singh Administrative Staff Award: Beth McClosky
  • Administrative Support: Frances Mutscher

Extension Awards

  • Extension/Technical Staff Support-Field: Colby Bass
  • Extension/Technical Staff Support-Lab: Victor Rodriguez
  • Extension Faculty: Gary Pastushok
  • Extension Program Specialist: Michael Kuitu
  • Collaborating County Extension Agents Team: District 1: Scott Strawn, J.R. Sprague and Kristy Slough

Research Awards

  • B.B. Singh Award for Outstanding Research in Crop Science: Matthew Kutugata. Kutugata is a doctoral student in agronomy who is advised by Muthu Bagavathiannan, Ph.D.
  • Graduate Student Research-Agronomy: Sk. Musfiq-Us-Salehim. Salehim is a doctoral student in agronomy who is advised by Nithya Rajan, Ph.D.
  • Graduate Student Research-Plant Breeding: Ze Tian Fang. Fang is a doctoral student in molecular environmental plant science who is advised by Sakiko Okumoto, Ph.D.
  • Graduate Student Research-Soil Science: Chris Cobos. Cobos is a Ph.D. student in soil science who is co-advised by Katie Lewis, Ph.D., and Terry Gentry, Ph.D.
  • Postdoctoral Research: William Wheeler, Ph.D.
  • Research Support-Field Support: Daniel Hathcoat
  • Research Support-Lab Support: George Hodnett
  • Research and Extension Collaboration: Robert Vaughn
  • Research Faculty: Russell Jessup, Ph.D.

Special Service Recognitions

  • Special Service Recognition: Ted Fist, Specialty Sand; Aland Wittig, Wittig Grass Sales; and Todd Fisk, Mustang Caterpillar

Teaching Awards

  • Teaching Faculty: Youjun Deng, Ph.D.
  • Graduate Student Teaching: Sungkyu Park. Park is a doctoral student in agronomy who is advised by Scott Finlayson, Ph.D.

Undergraduate Student Awards

  • Undergraduate Student Support: Aenghus Denvior