The Department of Plant Pathology congratulates those who have won both external and departmental awards and is thankful for the hard work and support of those who continue to allow the department to be successful and grow.
Elvin Charles Stakman Award
This award was created in honor of E.C. Stakman, former Head of the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Minnesota. It was endowed as a fund in 1953 by friends, colleagues, and students to acknowledge E.C. Stakman’s contributions and scholarly leadership in biology and agriculture, and in education and the humanities.
The University of Minnesota is the custodian of the Fund and oversees its growth and security.
The award is granted to individuals of any country and nationality for outstanding achievements in plant pathology. The award may be given for documented achievements in the areas of research, teaching, outreach, international development, or for any combination of these areas. Preference will be given to candidates actively engaged in these areas, only occasionally will life-time achievement awards be considered.
Each award is comprised of a medallion, a scroll, and a monetary honorarium. The amount of the honorarium shall be determined by the E.C. Stakman Award Committee in consultation with the Department Head.
With any questions, or to sign up to be notified directly when nominations are being collected, please email [email protected].
Norman E. Borlaug Fellowship in International Agriculture - With Support From the Vaala-Henry Endowment
This is awarded to graduate students studying Plant Pathology with an emphasis in International Agriculture, who demonstrate academic merit and exceptional potential in their field of study, who, in accordance with Dr. Borlaug's wishes, are conducting research on a small grain cereal crop.
Learn more about this award and how you can support it.
2021 Recipient: Nick Greatens
Fred I. Frosheiser Scholarship
This scholarship was established in honor of former Professor F.I. Frosheiser to recognize full-time graduate students enrolled in the Department of Plant Pathology.
2023 Recipient: Pranaya Kaki
|2021||Robert Alvarez Quinto|
|2006||Carmen Gavin Venegas|
|1999||Rhoda L . Burrows|
|1996||Akhilesh N. Misra|
John Dueck Plant Pathology Fellowship
This fellowship was established in honor of John Dueck to recognize full-time graduate students enrolled in the Department of Plant Pathology.
2023 Recipient: Andrew Mann
M.F. Kernkamp Scholarship
This fellowship was established in honor of former Professor and Head M.F. Kernkamp to recognize outstanding students of the Department of Plant Pathology at Minnesota. It is a cash award ($1,000), given only once to a specific recipient.
2023 Recipient: Davy Dekrey
|2021||Yeidymar Sierra Moya|
|2013||Sara Bratsch / Melanie Moore|
|1999||Consuelo Estevez de Jensen|
|1996||J. Patrick Martinez|
Ward C. Steinstra & Richard A. Meronuck Graduate Student Travel Award
This award was established by Professor Emeritus and Retired Extension Plant Pathologist. Dr. Ward C. Stienstra and Dr. Richard A. Meronuck, Extension Plant Pathologist to recognize outstanding graduate student research and to support student participation in professional scientific meetings. It is a cash award.
2023 Recipients: Molly Veregge, José E. Solórzano, Ji Hyun (Jay) Kim
|2022||Sita Paudel, Jacob Botkin, Sofia Simeto, Nick Talmo,
Rae Page, Andrew Mann, Kristi Ledman, Davy DeKrey, Pranaya Kaki
|2021||Jacob Botkin, Autin Lien, Sam Rude, Sofia Simeto|
|2020||Robert Alvarez-Quinto, Savana Lipps, Jacob Botkin, Rebecca Hall, Rae Page|
|2019||Pratibha Sharma / Nick Greatens / Becca Hall / Alissa Geske / Davy DeKrey / Rae Page|
|2018||Feng Li / Lauren Jackson / Kristi Ledman / Eric Otto / Eric Nazareno|
|2017||Garrett Beier/Mala Ganiger|
|2016||Lillian Garber/ Deepak Rajendran/ Andrew Sathoff/ Kat Sweeney|
|2015||Austin Case/ Matthew Haas / Josh Havill|
|2014||Jordan Briggs / Laura Felice / Matthew Haas / Joshua-Kielsmeier-Cook|
|2013||Benjamin Held / Laura Felice|
|2012||Zane Grabau / Dimitre Mollov / Gretchen Freed / Nicholas Leblanc|
|2011||Liangliang Gao / Lian Lian / Peng Zhou|
|2010||Brett Arenz / Benjamin Held / Peng Zhou|
|2009||Greg Reynolds / Matt Rouse / Liangliang Gao / Ji-Hyun Park|
|2008||Matthew Bakker / Benjamin Held|
|2007||Pravin Gautam / Haiyan Jia / Paul Meyer|
|2006||Ryan Syverson / Ben Millett / Maya Hayslett|
|2005||Brett Arenz / Pablo Olivera / Sharon Lewandowski / Carlos Perez|
|2004||Jean Rowntree / Rubella Goswami|
|2003||Matt Culler / Haiyan Jia / Maria Sanchez|
|2002||Charles Barnes / Yohong Li|
|2001||Shawn Bernick / Liz Wiggins|
|2000||Karen Hilburn / Jason Smith|
Carl & Johanna Eide Endowment
This scholarship was established in honor of Dr. Carl and Johanna Eide to support outstanding students in the Department of Plant Pathology at Minnesota.
2023 Recipient: Nick Rajtar
Otto's research is focused on Heterobasidion root rot of pines, one of the most important pathogens of conifer forests in North America. He is exploring the distribution and elucidate the biology of Heterobasidion irregular, a new invasive pathogen in Minnesota with the goal of developing biological control strategies.
|2021||Sofia Simeto Ferrari|
|2020||Yeidymar Sierra - Moya|
Civil Service Award of Excellence
The Civil Service Award has been established to promote and recognize excellence in job performance among civil service personnel in the Department of Plant Pathology.
2023 Recipient: Beheshteh Zargaran
|2022||Chana Johnston/Crystal Langeberg|
|2019||Susan Kingsbury / Kimon Karelis|
|2018||Kristen Opitz / Matthew Martin|
|Todd Burnes / Beheshteh Zargaran|
|2016||Grace Anderson / Dean Ziertman|
|2015||Todd Busker / Tamas Szinyei|
|2013||Carol Anderson / Anne Lageson|
|2001||Amar Elakkad / Mark Galatowitsch|
|2000||Dann Adair / Gib Ahlstrand|
|1999||Laurie Brand / Todd Burnes|
|1998||Ann Arendt / Grace Bucher|
|1997||All Civil Service Employees|
|1996||John E. Haight / Leslie M. Johnson|
|1993||Sandra L. Gould|
|1992||Marguerite Clemens / Roxanne Denny|
|1991||Elizabeth Ozmon / Connie Post|
|1990||Andre Abad / Ann Arendt|
|1989||Todd Burnes / Dann Adair|
|1988||Patricia Burnes / Debra Baden Drange|
Professional & Academic Award of Excellence
The Professional and Academic Award has been established to promote and recognize excellence in job performance among P&A personnel in the Department of Plant Pathology.
2023 Recipients: Annie Harvieux
Rebecca Curland: Professional,
|2021||Grant Czadzeck: Professional, Ben Held: Scientific|
Distinguished Alumnus Award
The award is to recognize alumni who have achieved distinction in their profession and who have also made significant contributions to the welfare of the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Minnesota.
2020 Recipient: Not given due to COVID-19
|2017||Vergel Concibido/Nora Altier|
|2012||Kira L. Bowen|
|1998||Dr. Bent Skovmand|
|1997||Dr. Barry Jacobsen|
|1993||Carols M. Ochoa|
Friend of the Department
This award recognizes persons who may not be alumni of the Department but who have made significant contributions to the welfare of the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Minnesota.
2020 Recipients: Not given due to COVID-19
|2018||Lieberman & Okinow Families|
|2015||Don, Sandy and Drew Henry|
|2011||Larry J. Smith|
|2005||Faye Kommedahl & Laura Weigrad|
|2004||Kim Mogen & Brad Mogen|
|2003||Tim Carver & Ann Bushnell|
|1998||Elizabeth Ozman & Mark Stennes|
|1997||John McCain & Barbara Anderson|
Outstanding Graduate Student Mentor
Outstanding Graduate Student Mentor was created to recognize a faculty member who has had outstanding success in mentoring graduate students.
2023 Recipient: Becca Hall