Graduate Award Nominations

The Division of Plant Sciences Award for Research in Plant Biology

Eligibility: This award recognizes the accomplishments of a masters or doctoral student in any area of plant biology. Priority will be given to students close to completing their degree. The funds for this award were provided through an endowment established by faculty in the Division of Plant Sciences 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 Division of Plant Sciences. The nominator should submit a letter that includes a description of the student’s research accomplishments in the area of plant biology and other attributes that qualify them as an outstanding graduate student, including but not limited to departmental service and mentoring of undergraduate students. The nominee must also provide: 1) a letter of interest that explains the significance of their research for plant biology 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
  • Other academic achievements, including outreach and departmental service
  • Mentoring to peers and/or undergraduates

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

Eligibility: 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

Ferguson Graduate Study Award

Eligibility: The Ferguson Graduate Study Award recognizes the efforts and accomplishments of an outstanding graduate student within the Division of Plant Sciences, specifically within the field of Agronomy. The amount of the award will be $1,250 per year for two years, for a total amount of $2,500.

Nomination Process: Nominations must be made by a faculty member within the Crop, Soil, and Pest Management or the Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Genomics Program Areas of the Division of Plant Sciences. The nominator should submit a letter that includes a description of the student’s accomplishments, 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 why they are interested in the field of agronomy as well as future career plans, 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
  • Future plans related to the agronomy profession
  • Leadership activities
  • Satisfactory progress toward a degree
  • Mentoring to peers and/or undergraduates

The Heckler Award

Eligibility: The funds for this award were provided through an endowment established by the Heckler family. The amount of the award is approximately $1,000 per year.
This award recognizes the accomplishments of a graduate student who is a resident of the State of Missouri and whose research is focused on some aspect of farm crops, soils, or animal husbandry (in relation to production agriculture). Award nominees must be graduate students within the graduate programs of Animal Sciences, Plant Sciences, or Soil, Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences. Each of these three programs may nominate two students for the award.

Nomination Process: Nominations must be made by a faculty member within the graduate programs of Animal Sciences, Plant Sciences, or Soil, Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences. The nomination package shall include:

  1. A letter from the faculty member that includes a description of the student’s accomplishments, departmental service, and other attributes that qualify them as an outstanding graduate student.
  2. A letter from the nominee that addresses his/her academic and research accomplishments
  3. The nominee’s curriculum vitae. The information in the CV would include educational background and grade point average, publications, teaching and/or extension contributions, honors and awards, and leadership activities.

The nomination materials must be in electronic form and delivered by email. Nomination packets should be submitted to the Graduate Dean’s office by March 15.

Evaluation: Nominations will be reviewed by the Directors of Graduate Study from Animal Sciences, Pant Sciences, and Soil, Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences. 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
  • Mentoring to peers and/or undergraduates

The Phillip & Ruth Stone Scholarship Award for the Outstanding Master’s Student in Entomology

Eligibility:

  1. Nominees must be students (full or part-time) in the Entomology Graduate Program Area at any time during the academic year of their nomination
  2. Students are eligible if they have completed one full academic year of their M.S. degree program in entomology. Students may be nominated more than once during their M.S. program.
  3. A recipient of this award is ineligible to receive the award a second time.
  4. A maximum of a single award will be made in the spring of each year.

Nomination Process: Nominations will be made by the major advisor, based on material provided by the graduate student. The student’s portion of the nomination package must contain a one page statement of career goals, a maximum three page CV, unofficial copies of transcripts or academic history, and reprints (if any). The major advisor must write a nomination/recommendation cover letter citing the important accomplishments of the student and the advisor’s reason for nominating, plus assemble and turn in the package.

The nomination materials must be submitted electronically as either Word or PDF files.

Evaluation: Not more than two weeks after distribution to faculty, nominations will be discussed and voted upon by the faculty. The successful candidate will be announced at the Spring Awards Banquet.


Adams-Meiner Doctoral Scholarship Award in Entomology

In accordance with recent history, the Lloyd E. Adams Doctoral Scholarship in Entomology and the E. P. Meiner’s Centennial Scholarship in Entomology will be combined to offer up to a $1,500 award to a doctoral student in the Division’s Entomology Graduate Program Area.

The award is for an academic pursuit that would not otherwise be included in the doctoral program of the awardee. Such educational pursuits might include participation in a workshop or short course, a visit to a laboratory or field station at another institution to learn a new technique, or when fully justified attendance at a regularly scheduled meeting of a scientific society. Applications proposing creative professional opportunities are especially encouraged.

Eligibility: The following guidelines, with preference to proposals in the first category, will be used to award the Scholarship to a doctoral student in the Division’s Entomology Graduate Program Area.

  1. A student who has completed at least the Qualifying Examination should submit a proposal that demonstrates how the award will improve the student’s professional credentials. The proposal should not include an activity that is an integral part of the original doctoral research prospectus approved by the student’s advisory committee.
  2. A student applying to the doctoral program in Entomology may receive the Scholarship as an incentive to pursue his or her studies at MU.
  3. A student cannot win the award in consecutive years.

Nomination Process: Applicants should submit the information requested on the Adams-Meiner application form.

The nomination materials must be submitted electronically as either Word or PDF files.

Evaluation: Proposals will be evaluated by a committee of doctoral faculty in the Entomology program area. The successful candidate will be announced at the Spring Awards Banquet.

After completing the proposed activity, the successful awardee will submit a report to the entomology faculty describing the benefits accrued, lessons learned, and suggestions for future awards.


The Leonard & Elosia Haseman Memorial Scholarship Award for the Outstanding Doctoral Student in Entomology

Eligilibity:

  1. Nominees must be students in the Entomology Graduate Program Area (full or part time), at any time during the academic year of their nomination.
  2. Eligible students are those who, at minimum, have passed their Comprehensive Exam by the beginning of the semester of nomination. Students may be nominated more than once during their PhD program.
  3. A recipient of this award is ineligible to receive the award a second time.

Nomination Process: Nominations will be made by the major advisor, based on material provided by the graduate student. The student’s portion of the nomination package must contain a one page statement of career goals, a maximum three page CV, unofficial copies of transcripts or academic history, and reprints (if any). The student should also arrange for one letter of recommendation from a faculty member outside the department to be sent to the major advisor before the deadline. The major advisor must write a nomination/recommendation cover letter citing the important accomplishments of the student and the advisor’s reason for nominating, plus assemble and turn in the package.

The nomination materials must be submitted electronically as either Word or PDF files.

Evaluation: Not more than two weeks after distribution to faculty, nominations will be discussed and voted upon by the faculty. A maximum of one award will be made at the Spring Awards Banquet.


Fred Clute Memorial Scholarship Award in Entomology

The Fred Clute Memorial Scholarship Award in Entomology was initiated by friends and colleagues of Fred Clute in 2004. As directed by the donors, the scholarship shall be targeted for students in entomology who have an emphasis of study in pest management. If sufficient funds are available, one or more annual awards of $500 will be given.

Eligibility:

  1. Open to M.S. and PhD students (full or part time) in the Entomology Graduate Program Area with an emphasis in agricultural or urban pest management.
  2. Students must have completed one academic year within their degree program.
  3. Students may receive this award only once in a given degree program.

Nomination Process: The nomination package shall include:

  1. A two page statement documenting how their research/extension/teaching activities at MU can potentially benefit the pest management knowledge base of stakeholders in agricultural or urban settings.
  2. CV (three page maximum)
  3. Unofficial copy of transcripts
  4. Letter of support from major advisor citing qualifications/accomplishments of the student.

The nomination materials must be submitted electronically as either a Word or PDF document.

Evaluation: The Student Awards Coordinator will appoint three members of the Entomology graduate faculty to a review committee, which will evaluate and rank each application. The application with the highest ranking shall be the recipient of the Fred Clute Memorial Scholarship Award. The review committee reserves the right not to make an award if all applications are deemed unworthy. Eligible applicants must have demonstrated outstanding potential and performance in research, extension or teaching in the area of pest management.