Seven Department of Agronomy and Horticulture students have been named recipients of Milton E. Mohr 2017–2018 Awards. These awards recognize outstanding students in the sciences of biotechnology and engineering based on their academic performance and potential for accomplishments in their specific field.
A pair of horticulture seniors were among the top three winners in the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Engler Quick Pitch with a Twist competition, April 13, at the Firethorn Resort in Lincoln. Brittney Cihal and Kelsey Foster, both set to graduate this May, each won $1,000.
Keenan Amundsen, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, was granted tenure and will be promoted to associate professor in August. He was honored April 25, along with 70 other University of Nebraska–Lincoln faculty members, during a celebration at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum.
Marlene Busse, an administrative support associate for Student Services, was honored with a Department of Agronomy and Horticulture Staff Advisory Committee Special Contribution Award at the department’s spring picnic, April 21. This award honors those who have gone above and beyond their usual job duties in a way that greatly benefits the department and/or the university.
University of Nebraska–Lincoln agronomy major Matthew Blunck, of Osmond, Nebraska, has been named a Chancellor's Scholar. Blunck, along with forty-nine other Nebraska seniors, were recognized during the All-University Honors Convocation at the Lied Center for Performing Arts on April 23. Chancellor's Scholars are students who have maintained 4.0 grade-point averages on all collegiate work at Nebraska and elsewhere. This is the highest academic honor awarded to graduating undergraduates.
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln Crops Judging Team took top honors at the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Judging Conference national collegiate competition at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, April 6. The team competed in three of the 13 contests including Crops Judging, Precision Agriculture and the Knowledge Bowl.
University of Nebraska–Lincoln agronomy major, Kristen Albrecht, from Pierce, Nebraska, has been chosen for the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and Soil Science Society of America’s National Student Recognition Program. This program recognizes outstanding undergraduate seniors enrolled in agronomic, crop, soil, or environmental science departments within four-year and two-year institutions that have chapters affiliated with the Students of Agronomy, Soils and Environmental Sciences.
University of Nebraska–Lincoln agronomy doctoral student, Parminder Chahal, was awarded an Outstanding Graduate Research and Creative Activities Award Honorable Mention by the Office of Graduate Studies. Chahal received the award at the Graduate Awards Luncheon on Wed., April 5, at the Nebraska City Union.
Susan Thomas, HAPPI Business Center accounting associate and 31-year employee of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, was honored with the University of Nebraska Office Professionals Association Rose Frolik Award at the UNOPA awards luncheon April 12.
Sunil Kumar Kenchanmane Raju, University of Nebraska–Lincoln agronomy doctoral candidate, has been invited to speak at the University of California, Davis Plant Science Symposium on April 24 in Davis, California. Kumar KR’s presentation will be “Breeding for epigenetic variation in soybean and Arabidopsis for yield and stress adaptability.”