Students named recipients of Milton E. Mohr Awards Program for Biotechnology

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
University of Nebraska–Lincoln Crops Judging Team

Top row left to right: Nathan Duffy, Rodger Farr and Olivia Fiala. Bottom row left to right: Megan Franklin, Ryan Langemeier and Jennifer Myers.

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.

Jonathon Jahnke

Madhav Bhatta

Agronomy doctoral candidate Madhav Bhatta was awarded a graduate fellowship. He is specializing in plant breeding and genetics and is advised by P. Stephen Baenziger.

Bhatta’s research focuses on identification of genes controlling resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses using primary synthetic hexaploid wheat.

Scholarships were awarded to undergraduates Nathan Duffy, a junior horticulture major; Rodger Farr, a junior agronomy major; Olivia Fiala, a junior horticulture major; Megan Franklin, a senior plant biology major; Ryan Langemeier, a junior agronomy and plant biology major; and Jennifer Myers, a senior plant biology major. Duffy is advised by associate professor of practice David Lambe, Farr is advised by associate professor John Guretzky, Fiala is advised by professor Ellen Paparozzi and Franklin, Langemeier and Myers are all advised by professor Don Lee.

The Milton E. Mohr Scholarship and Fellowship Awards Program was established in 1989 for students in the College of Engineering or biotechnology degree programs. The scholarships and fellowships are made possible through an endowment to the University Foundation.

Mohr was described in his lifetime as an engineer, inventor, entrepreneur, corporate leader and instrumental in providing key leadership to young adults. In 1938, he graduated highest in his class from UNL with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering. In 1959, UNL awarded him an honorary doctorate of engineering. He was president and CEO of Quotron Systems, formerly Bunker Ramo Corporation, an electrical engineer, corporate executive and philanthropist. He was named America's Most Outstanding Young Electrical Engineer in 1948.

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