Frank Hons

MADISON, WI, Jun 30, 2015 – The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) announces the following 2015 award recipient to be formally presented at the SSSA Awards Ceremony on 2015-11-18 during the scientific society’s International Annual Meeting, Nov. 15-18, 2015, Minneapolis, MN. The annual awards are presented for outstanding contributions to soil science through education, national and international service, and research.

Frank M. Hons, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX – Soil Science Education Award: Frank Hons is Professor of Soil Science and AgriLife Research Faculty Fellow in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. Dr. Hons received a BA in Chemistry from the University of Dallas and MS and PhD degrees in Soil Chemistry and Soil Science from Texas A&M University. Frank has taught soil science classes for 37 years and has mentored 42 graduate students. He previously received teaching awards at departmental and college levels and the Agronomic Resident Education Award from ASA. Frank is also internationally recognized for his research involving soil biogeochemistry, carbon sequestration and nitrogen dynamics, and he has authored 116 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Hons is a Fellow of both the American Society of Agronomy and the Soil Science Society of America.

Soil Science Education Award

The Soil Science Education Award recognizes the educational achievements in soil science. Soil scientists making
outstanding educational contributions through activities such as resident, extension, or industrial education are eligible
for nomination. Contributions on which the nomination is based will have been made within the past 10 years. The
award consists of a certificate and $1000 honorarium.


  • Innovative or unique approaches that encourage learning
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly
  • Ability to motivate change in the audience