Graduate Student Awards

The Daniel Millikan Award for Outstanding Research in Plant-Microbe Interactions

Eligilibity: This award recognizes the accomplishments of a masters or doctoral student in the area of plant-microbe interactions. Priority will be given to students close to completing their degree. The funds for this award were provided through an endowment established by Daniel Millikan, a former Professor of Plant Pathology at the University of Missouri. The amount of the award will be $750.

Nomination Process: Nominations must be made by a faculty member within the Plant Stress Biology Program Area within Division of Plant Sciences. The nominator should submit a letter that includes a description of the student’s accomplishments in the area of plant-microbe interactions, departmental service, and other attributes that qualify them as an outstanding graduate student. The nominee must also provide: 1) a letter of interest that explains the significance of their research for plant-microbe interactions and 2) a curriculum vitae that includes educational background and grade point average, teaching, research and/or extension contributions, honors and awards, and leadership activities.

Nomination packets should be submitted to the Director of Graduate programs by March 15.

Evaluation: Nominations will be reviewed by the Division of Plant Sciences Graduate Education and Research committee. Candidates will be evaluated on the basis of demonstrated excellence and lasting impact in the following areas:

  • Outstanding contributions to research, extension, or teaching
  • Academic achievement
  • Leadership activities
  • Satisfactory progress toward a degree
  • Mentoring to peers and/or undergraduates

Past Recipients

  • Morgan Halane, 2017 (co-awardee)
  • Carola de la Torre Dowd, 2017 (co-awardee)
  • Michael Gardner, 2016
  • John Smith, 2015
  • Andres Rodriguez, 2014

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