Recent Awards and Honors
Updated June 14, 2012
Adesoji O. Adelaja received the MSU Distinguished
Faculty Award for 2011.
Richard Bernsten received the 2011 Ralph Smuckler Award
on March 23. The award is bestowed upon a senior MSU faculty member
who has had a lasting impact on international scholarship, teaching
and public services. Bernsten received the award in recognition of his
extensive global research and dedication to promote agricultural development
in Asia, Africa and Latin America over a career that spans more than
- Distinguished Teaching Award 2012: Laura Cheney for excellence in teaching Decision-Making in the Agri-Food System (ABM/FIM 100) and leadership of MSU Chapter of the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA), which won the Outstanding Student Chapter award from NAMA in 2010.
- Distinguished Research Award 2012: Richard Horan for creative examination of the co-evolution of human and environmental systems applied to agricultural pollution, species conservation, management of invasive species and infectious diseases, and how economic choices may have influenced human evolution.
- Distinguished Extension/Outreach Award 2012: Niama Nango Dembele for effective agricultural policy research and outreach in West Africa that has focused on market information and food security.
- Distinguished Service Award 2012: Scott Loveridge for his coordination of the AFRE graduate program and development of an innovative program to recruit undergraduates at Michigan colleges and universities that has led to improvements in research and graduate placements.
- Excellence in Teaching Award 2011: Larry Zink for undergraduate teaching through his sales course, his professional practice seminars, and his innovation in taking the sales course online.
- Excellence in Research Award 2011: Thomas Jayne for prolific publication of excellent journal articles, many involving graduate students and most well integrated with outreach activities of the Food Security project.
- Excellence in Extension/Outreach Award 2011: Frank Lupi for Excellence in Extension/Outreach via the Partnership for Ecosystem Research and Management (PERM) program with the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife and the State of Michigan to which he has integrated successful funding and numerous publications.
Awards Granted by Professional Societies and Other Organizations
- John W. Allen (Jack), PhD, Professor Emeritus Agricultural Economics/ Food Industry Management, has been named to the Meat Industry Hall of Fame Class of 2011.
- Megan Sheahan Best M.S. Thesis of 2011, “Analysis of Fertilizer Profitability and Use in Kenya.” Major Professor: Thom Jayne.
- Shan Ma Best PhD Dissertation of 2011, “Supply and Demand for Ecosystem Services from Cropland in Michigan.” Major Professor: Scott Swinton.
Awards Granted by MSU, Professional Societies, and Other Organizations
- Dustin Baker and Katie Kanitz, Agribusiness Management majors, received MSU Board of Trustees Awards on April 13, 2012. These awards are given to graduating seniors who have the highest scholastic averages. Dustin and Katie were among the 37 students who were recognized for achieving a GPA of 4.0. Details at: http://news.msu.edu/story/largest-group-of-4-0-students-receive-board-of-trustees-awards/
- Lauren Quist, Agribusiness Management student with a specialization in International Agriculture, received the Outstanding Senior Award from by the Senior Class Council on April 1, 2012. She has been an active member in MSU Students Advancing International Development and studied abroad in India.
- 2011. MSU's student National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) team won its first Outstanding Student Chapter Award
at the first time ever at NAMA's 2011 conference, April 13-15 in Kansas City. The team also took home the 3rd Place John Deere
Signature Award. Both awards recognize the student chapter's ability to promote and encourage student opportunities for increased
business knowledge, academic excellence, leadership development, and community citizenship. In the key Student Marketing
Competition, the MSU team placed 6th, reaching the finals for the 4th time in 7 years. The MSU student NAMA team in Kansas City
included Agribusiness Management majors Mitch Bigelow (president), Beth Motz (treasurer), Jolene Talaski, Beth Wernette, Shelbi
Wisner, Ashley Eddy, Ben Fleischmann, Mike Klein, Kayla Lehman (MSU student NAMA Director of NAMA), and Paul Wamhoff.
Laura Cheney is faculty advisor to the MSU student NAMA team. Outstanding NAMA Student
Chapter photo at http://www.flickr.com/photos/namaflickr/5631706553/in/set-72157626401669075