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Awards

Faculty Awards

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Dr. Roger Boerma, Emeritus Distinguished Research Professor of UGA and Executive Director of Georgia Seed Development Commission, was honored with the 2013 NAPB Plant Breeding Impact Award during their annual meeting in Tampa, FL.

This annual award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to mankind through the development of new cultivars of crops and/or technology development that resulted in a measurable impact on crop production. The award also recognizes accomplishments in teaching and collaboration.

The presentation was made during the NAPB annual meeting held June 2-5 in Tampa, FL. Roger has developed 25 soybean cultivars and has been a leader in developing organizations that will ensure the training of future generations of plant breeders. He is a nationally and internationally recognized soybean geneticist and Professor Emeritus at the University of Georgia.

Dr. Roger Boerma (pictured on right) receiving the 2013 NAPB Plant Breeding Impact Award from Dr. Allen Van Deynze.

Graduate Student and Staff Awards

2019

Ethan Menke was selected as the recipient of the 2019 Glenn and Helen Burton Feeding the Hungry Scholarship at the University of Georgia. Congratulations!

 

Sam McDonald won second place in the graduate student poster competition at 2019 National Association of Plant Breeders in Callaway Gardens, GA. He presented a poster on “Dissecting the genomic regions conferring resistance to frogeye leaf spot of soybean using a genome-wide association analysis”. Congratulations!

Ivy Tran won second place in the graduate student poster competition at 2019 Soybean Breeders Workshop in St. Louis, MO. She presented a poster on “Deciphering Composition of Root Microbiome of Soybean Genotypes for Soybean Cyst Nematode Resistance”. Congratulations!

2018

Elizabeth Prenger was selected as an NAPB Borlaug Scholar and won second place in the graduate student poster competition with “Identification and characterization of fast-neutron induced mutations underlying altered seed composition phenotypes for improvement of soybean seed composition” at the 2018 National Association of Plant Breeders annual meeting in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Congratulations!

 

Elizabeth Prenger won second place in the MS poster competition with “Identification and characterization of fast-neutron induced mutations underlying altered seed composition phenotypes for improvement of soybean seed composition” at the 2018 Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Genomics spring retreat. Congratulations!

 

Elizabeth Prenger won first place in the graduate student poster competition at 2018 Soybean Breeders Workshop in St. Louis, MO. She presented a poster on “Identification and characterization of fast-neutron induced mutations underlying altered seed composition phenotypes for soybean seed improvement”. Congratulations!

2017

Clint Steketee, Ph.D. candidate,  was selected as a 2017 Crop Science Graduate Student Award recipient by the Crop Science Society of America and the Agronomic Science Foundation. Congratulations!

 

Ivy Tran won first place in the MS poster competition with “Genome-Wide Association Analysis Reveals a Novel QTL Controlling Resistance to Soybean Cyst Nematode in Soybean” at the 2017 Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Genomics spring retreat. Congratulations!

 

Miles Ingwers won first place in the Postdoc/Staff poster competition with “Carbon isotope composition and foliar nitrogen content are correlated to growth and moisture stress in soybean” at the 2017 Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Genomics spring retreat. Congratulations!

 

Ricky Zoller and Tatyana Nienow won second place in the Postdoc/Staff poster competition with “Marker-assisted selection workflow and strategy to accelerate development of high-oleic and low-linolenic acid soybean varieties” at the 2017 Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Genomics spring retreat. Congratulations!

 

Kyle Yeargin and Heather Kelley were recognized as two of the top 100 student employees at UGA during the Student Employee of the Year Awards Luncheon. Congratulations!

2016

 

Clinton Steketee was selected as a recipient of 2016 National Council of Commercial Plant Breeders Graduate Student Award. Congratulations!

 

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Ivy Tran won the first place in MS category at the 5th Annual Plant and Soil Symposium, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the University of Georgia. Congratulations!

 

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Clinton Steketee was selected as the recipient of the 2016 Glenn and Helen Burton Feeding the Hungry Scholarship at the University of Georgia. Congratulations!

 

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Clinton Steketee won Texas A&M University Plant Breeding Symposium Travel Scholarship Award. Congratulations!

 

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Silas Childs won second place in the poster competition for “Discovery of Rpp7, a novel soybean rust resistance gene in soybean accession PI 605823″ at the 2016 National Soybean Breeders Workshop, St. Louis, MO. Congratulations!

 

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Elizabeth Prenger was selected to receive a 2016 Graduate School Research Assistantship (GSRA) at the University of Georgia. Congratulations!

 

2015

 

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Ben Stewart-Brown was selected as the recipient of the 2015 Glenn and Helen Burton Feeding the Hungry Scholarship Award at the University of Georgia. Congratulations!

 

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Nicole Bachleda won first place in the poster competition with “Identifying FATB1a gene deletion that causes low palmitic acid in soybean to develop a diagnostic marker for selection” at the 2015 national Soybean Breeders Workshop, St. Louis, MO. Congratulations!

 

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Zachary R. King won third place in the poster competition with “Fine mapping Rpp6, a valuable soybean rust resistance gene for the southeastern USA” at the 2015 national Soybean Breeders Workshop, St. Louis, MO. Congratulations!

Zachary R. King won first place in the 2015 prestigious E. Broadus Browne Awards in Ph.D. category. College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the University of Georgia. Congratulations!

 

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Nicole Bachleda won first place in the 2015 prestigious E. Broadus Browne Awards in M.S. category. College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the University of Georgia. Congratulations!

 

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Clinton Steketee was selected as one of the Grant A. Harris Fellowship recipients and he will receive $5,000 in equipment from Decagon for his research project. Congratulations!

 

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Clinton Steketee was selected as the recipient of the 2015 Georgia Seed Association/Southern Seed Association Scholarship Award. Congratulations!

 

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Ben Stewart-Brown was selected as a recipient of 2015 National Council of Commercial Plant Breeder Graduate Student Award. Congratulations!

 

2014

 

Ben Stewart-Brown, won the 2nd place for the poster competition of PhD category at the Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics 2014 Retreat. Congratulations!

 

Justin N. Vaughn, Postdoctoral Research Scientist won the 1st place for the poster competition of Postdoc category at the Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics 2014 Retreat. Congratulations!

 

Clinton James Steketee, Ph.D. student at Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics of the University of Georgia was a recipient of 2014 United Soybean Board Fellowship award. Congratulations!

 

Zachary R. King, won the 1st place for the PhD category at the 2014 Interdisciplinary Graduate Plant and Soil Symposium for his presentation “Fine Mapping Rpp6, A Valuable Soybean Rust Resistance Gene for the Southeastern USA”. Congratulations!

 

Zachary R. King, won the National Council of Commercial Plant Breeder’s Graduate Student Award at the American Seed Trade Association meeting in Chicago, Illinois. Congratulations!

 

2013

 

Ben Stewart-Brown, Ph.D. student at Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics won the 1st place for the PhD category at the 2013 Interdisciplinary Graduate Plant and Soil Symposium for his presentation “Advanced DNA Marker Technology Enhances Yield QTL Discovery in Soybean”. Congratulations!

Gina Bishop, was awarded for her 25 years of loyal and dedicated service at the 2013 College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences holiday luncheon. Congratulations!

 

2012

 

Zachary R. King, Ph.D. candidate at Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics of the University of Georgia won the 2012 United Soybean Board Fellowship award. Congratulations!

 

Donna Harris, Ph.D. candidate at Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics of the University of Georgia was a recipient of the National Council of Commercial Plant Breeders (NCCPB) Graduate Student Award in 2012. Congratulations!