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Biological and Agricultural Engineering

Graduate Student Award

Objective of the Award
The Graduate Student of the Year Award is given to an exceptional BAE graduate student in recognition of his/her outstanding academic performance, research accomplishments and overall contribution to the department and profession.

The award will be open to BAE graduate students who are enrolled in the BAE M.S. or Ph.D. program during the current academic year and have filed a program of study. A student may receive the award only once for each degree.

Nature and Condition of the Award
The award will be a certificate and a monetary award. The recipient will receive special recognition at the Department Scholarship and Award Reception and will be nominated for the Graduate Student of the Year Award of the Mid-Central ASAE Conference.

Nomination and Selection Procedures
The BAE Graduate Committee Chair shall initiate the awards nomination process by sending the award guidelines to all BAE faculty and graduate students. Faculty and students may submit a letter of nomination detailing a candidate's performance and outstanding accomplishments. The deadline for submission of the nomination is January 31. The Graduate Committee Chair will ask each nominee to provide a curriculum vitae and names of three references. The winner will be selected by the BAE Graduate Committee by February 28. No more than one award will be given each year.

Award Criteria

  1. Academic performance (GPA, strength of program of study, timeliness in filing program of study and proposing research project, etc.)
  2. Research track record and research potential (journal articles, technical papers, scholarly presentations, performance in Graduate Seminar, honors and awards, etc.)
  3. Leadership and service contributions to the department, university, and professional societies

Previous Award Recipients

Kelsey R. McDonough2016-2017
Nana Baah Appiah-Nkansah2015-2016
Yong "Ike" Wei2014-2015
Vahid Rahmani2013-2014
Henry Bonifacio                  2012-2013
Li Guo                                 2010-2011
Peng Li                              2009-2010
Yali Zhang                           2008-2009
Deisy Corredor                      2007-2008
Laura Christianson             2006-2007
Pushpa Tuppad2005-2006
Kyeonghwan Lee                2004-2005