Each fall we are able to recognize a few of our graduate students for excellence. Excellence in teaching – excellence in research – excellence in service and in outreach. This year we will be giving away 20 scholarships and awards totaling just over $12,000. Thank you to all the contributors, who many these awards possible, and to all the supporters, who assist our students throughout the year! Congratulations to all the awardees!
William M. Brown Professional Development Award
“Bill’s idea of a perfect evening included great food, good wine, live music, and dining surrounded by friends old and new from all cultures, preferably in a garden afflicted with an unusual disease.”
Afnan Shazwan Nasaruddin, a PhD student under Dr. Amy Charkowski, will be attending the American Phytopathological Society Meeting in Cleveland, Ohio to give an oral and poster presentation of some of his findings on bacterial chemotaxis genes.
Jessa Ata, a PhD student in Dr. Jane Stewart’s Lab, will be attending the Western International Forest Disease Work Conference in Estes Park, CO where she will be giving an oral presentation titled ” Genetic characterization of Lophodermella needle cast pathogens in lodgepole pines in Colorado, USA.”.
Mirella F. Ortiz, a PhD student under Dr. Franck Dayan, will be attending the Weed Science Society of America in New Orleans and will be giving and oral presentation on her work We investigated 2,4-D absorption, translocation, desorption and metabolism in Eurasian and hybrid watermilfoil.
Stephen Wyka, a PhD student in Dr. Kirk Broders Lab, will be attending the 30th Fungal Genetics Conferences in Pacific Grove, CA where he will present on some of his recent work characterizing the the ecology and evolution of Claviceps purpurea, the fungus that causes ergot of grains such as barley, rye and wheat.
H. Jesse Dubin Travel Award in Honor of Peace Corps
This travel award is for students that show a strong dedication to the study of integrated pest management plant diseases of international importance, especially those affecting cereal crops such as wheat and barley, and/or students whose focus is on reducing poverty and increasing food production around the world.
This year’s award goes to Becky Lyon. Becky is a PhD student working with Dr. Kirk Broeders. This year Becky will travel to the 30th Fungal Genetics Conferences, Pacific Grove, CA. While there whe will be presenting Puccinia striiformis f. sp. Tritici which is the causal agent of strip rust on wheat.
Johanna and Boris Sr. Kondratieff Memorial Graduate Student Scholarship for Educational and Professional Development
Award Supports Professional Development and Educational Opportunities for Outstanding Graduate Students. Preference is given for international students or students engaged in international activities.
This year’s award goes to Afnan Shazwan Nasaruddin. Afnan is a PhD student working with Dr. Amy Charkowski. The education committee was impressed with the diversity of his work including helping to develop management tools for a large bacterial pathogen outbreak in potato to understand a group of genes present in plant pathogens that help the sense their environment and move accordingly. We also enjoyed learning about the service work he is involved with including his activities within the department in the student liaisons committee, graduate student recruitment events, and help with organizing our inaugural 3 minute thesis event. Additionally Afnan has been quite active with undergraduate opportunities such oas the Multicultural Undergraduate Research, Art and Leadership and Celebrate Undergraduate Research and Creativity symposiums at CSU!
Karl Kinney Outstanding Graduate Student Scholarship in Entomology
This scholarship recognizes a student who is dedicated to the field of entomology. This year this scholarship goes to Erika Pierce. Erika is a MS student working with Dr. Paul Ode and Frank Peairs. The education committee was impressed with Erika’s efforts in the areas of education and outreach.
Ynez Morey and Chuck Reagin Memorial Entomology Scholarship
This scholarship recognizes a student who shows a strong dedication to the field of entomology. This year this scholarship goes to Theresa Barosh. Theresa is a PhD’s student working with Dr. Paul Ode. The education committee was impressed with Theresa’s high level of research and her continued efforts in the areas of mentoring, education, and outreach.
Tex Baker Plant Pathology Scholarship
This scholarship recognizes a student who shows a strong dedication to the pursuit of Plant Pathology no matter what field of expertise the student has. Preference is given to one who is an exceptional teacher and mentor. This year, goes to Alyx Shigenaga. Alyx has an impressive record of research. On top of her excellent research Alyx is committed to teaching and mentoring new scientists through her involvement with the TILT teaching certificate program and other outreach activities.
Monty and Jeanice Harrison Outstanding Graduate Student Scholarship in Plant Pathology
This scholarship recognizes a student that is dedicated to the field of plant pathology. This year this scholarship goes to Katy McIntyre. Katy is a PhD student working with Dr. Cris Argueso. When reviewing her application materials the education committee was very impressed by Katy’s continued commitment to a high level of research coupled by her massive amounts of service work throughout the university.
Frank Hawksworth Memorial Graduate Student Scholarship
This scholarship recognizes a student who has demonstrated high academic achievement and ability and also possesses a strong dedication to the field of plant pathology or forest management. This year this scholarship goes to Stephen Miller. Stephen is a PhD student working with Dr. Jane Stewart. The education committee was impressed with Stephens’s high level of research in the area of plant pathology. They were also impressed with his commitment to extension and extensive participation, support, and commitment to SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science)
Department of Outstanding Master of Science Student Scholarship
This scholarship recognizes a student that is dedicated to the field of entomology, plant pathology, or weed science. This year this scholarship goes to Kristen Trans. Kristen is a Master’s student working with Dr. Scott Nissen. The education committee was particularly impressed by not only her lab work and research, but also her commitment to teaching and outreach. Noting the amount of service she is completing while maintaining a strong push in her research.
A Memorial – Dr. Bohmont was 84 when he died May 19, 2017.
Bert joined the Colorado State University faculty in 1965 in the newly created position of Agricultural Chemicals Specialist and later was promoted to Coordinator, Pesticide Programs. During the first five years, he not only developed an Extension educational program, but completed his Ph. D. at the University of Wyoming in 1970. He was named National Agricultural Spokesperson of the Year in 1973.
In 1976, Dr. Bohmont developed the Project IMPACT slide/tape training series that has been used nationally in almost every county to help train and certify pesticide applicators. He wrote the book, The Standard Pesticide User’s Guide, which has received worldwide acceptance. He taught four correspondence courses taken by students across the U.S. He developed the Colorado Crop Protection Institute, a conference held annually for almost 25 years and also published the Pesticide Pipeline newsletter for 26 years.
The Cooperative Extension Administration stated that “Dr. Bohmont’s educational programs have benefited not only the agricultural segment of Colorado, but also the general public in understanding pesticides and in using them properly and safely.” He was one of very few to have received all three awards available to campus Extension faculty. Bert retired from Colorado State University 1993, after 37 years of public service. Even retirement could not keep him away from teaching – He taught CSU Online courses for through Spring semester 2017.
Bert Bohmont Grad Student Award for Excellence in Extension Education
This award recognizes a student who has demonstrated high academic achievement and ability in entomology, plant pathology, weed science, or related fields. The student must also demonstrate excellence in extension activities such as presentations at workshops or field days. This year this award goes to Melissa Schreiner. Melissa is a MS student working with Whitney Cranshaw . The education committee was very impressed with Melissa’s commitment to her research and also her passion for and extensive extension and outreach activities and service at the national level.
Howard Schwartz Award for Excellence in Integrated Pest Management
This award recognizes a student that possesses a dedication to research and extension work emphasizing the biology and management of plant pathogens, insects and/or weeds relevant to Colorado and the surrounding region. This year this award goes to Mary Ortiz. Mary works with Dr. Kirk Broders. The education committee was impressed by Mary’s quality research, impressive awards (this year a Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) fellowship), and internships.
Robert Zimdahl Outstanding Grad Student Award in Weed Science
This award recognizes a student who shows a strong dedication to the field of weed science. This year this award goes to Shannon Clark (Featuring Miss Lilliana Clark). Shannon is a PhD student working with Dr. Scott Nissen. The committee was very impressed with Shannon’s high level research which has resulted in an impressive list of presentations and outreach and engagement activities (She given 14 presentations this year and participated in 6 outreach events).
Robert Zimdahl Outstanding Graduate Student Award in Pest Ecology
This award recognizes a student who shows a strong dedication to the field of pest ecology. This year this award goes to Magda Garbowski. Magda is a PhD student working with Dr. Cini Brown. When reviewing her materials the education committee noted the overall quality of her work in ecology, her commitment to outreach, mentoring and service as well the quality of her teaching.
Ralph Baker Graduate Student Award for Research Excellence
This award recognizes a student that demonstrated excellence in research while a graduate student at Colorado State University. The student must possess a dedication to entomology, plant pathology, weed science or related field and exhibit a high level of academic achievement. This year this award goes to Katy McIntyre. Katy is PhD student working with Dr. Cris Argueso. When reviewing her application materials the education committee was very impressed by Katy’s continued commitment to a high level of research coupled by her massive amounts of service work throughout the university.
Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award
Among other things this award goes to a student that clearly demonstrates excellence in teaching which includes a firm dedication to student outcomes, classroom innovation, and pedagogical engagement. This year this award goes to Ryan Paul. Ryan is a PhD student working with Dr. Paul Ode. While going through his materials one paragraph really stood out in her teaching philosophy (which I am going to read – sorry Ryan):
“Many students in the biology courses I teach believe the course is solely about memorizing facts. I help students understand the processes and reasoning behind those facts to facilitate learning and make those facts matter. This way, students are able to forge connections between facts and their experiences, enabling them to better solve problems outside the classroom. Facts can easily be forgotten but learning relevant processes that connect to their own experiences is a much more memorable experience.”
Within the application materials one of his students offered “enthusiasm for the material helped engage the class and his creative teaching methods strengthened my comprehensive understanding of course material. Would recommend this TA to anyone else taking BZ 212. He was always readily available to answer questions in and out of class.”
Perhaps the letter than impressed the committee the most was from the LIFE core lab coordinator, Corey Handelsman. In his letter, Cory gave a laundry list of reasons that Ryan should rise to the top of our list, but his closing comment really stood out: “Most importantly Ryan’s presence in the classroom inspires students and reflects his passion for education. I have worked with many teaching assistants and Ryan stands out as a truly exceptional educator that is deeply concerned about his students and facilitates an exciting classroom environment. Our students are lucky to have Ryan!”