Honors & Awards

2011

Allison Rick VandeVoort, PHD Program,  is a coauthor on the book chapter “Environmental Soil Chemistry of Silver: Historic and Current Perspectives” . Other authors: Y. Arai. 2011. Advances in Agronomy. Vol.114 (In press) This was an invited book chapter in Advances in Agronomy.

Zhen (Daisy) Fu - Ph.D. Graduate Student, Plant and Envrionmental Sciences, won the Best Presentation Award in the Graduate Student Competition of the Society of Nematologists 50th Annual Meeting in Corvallis, Oregon (July 17-21, 2011). Her talk was entitled “Differential expression of a Beta 1,4-endoglucanase induced by Diet Changes of the Foliar Nematode Aphelenchoides fragariae.”  Her major advisor is Dr. Paula Agudelo.

Stephen Ficklin - Ph.D. Student, PES, bioinformatics, was awarded a travel award and selected for an oral presentation at American Cosiety of Plant Biologists Meeting in Minneapolis, MN, August 6-10, 2011.

Stephen Ficklin - Ph.D. Student, PES, bioinformatics
Manuscript entitled “Gene Co-Expression Network Alignment and Conservation of Gene Modules Between Two Grass Species: Maize (Zea mays) and Rice (Oryza sativa)." by Stephen P. Ficklin and Frank A. Feltus.  Plant Physiology 2011 (in press, provisional PDF available at http://www.plantphysiol.org/content/early/2011/05/23/pp.111.173047.abstract).

Elspeth Murday - Ph.D. candidate, Plant & Envrionmental Sciences, was the recipient of a Wade Stackhouse Graduate Fellowship for 2011-2012 academic year. She is working with Dr. Halina Knap.

Zhen Fu (Daisy) - Ph.D candidate, Plant & Environmental Sciences, received The Nathan  A. Cobb Student Travel Award  to attend the Society of Nematologists annual meeting in Corvallis, Oregon (July 17-21).  She will give an oral presentation entitled “Differential expression of  Beta 1,4-endoglucanse induced by Diet Changes of Foliar Nematode Aphelenchoides fragariae”.

Daniella Triebwasser - has received the NSF Graduate Fellowship award to pursue her M.S. in Plant and Environmental Sciences from 2011 to May 2013. As an undergraduate she actively became involved in research, both hands on work and the literature, under Dr. Nishanth Tharayil, Professor in Entomology, Soils and Plant Sciences, studying the impacts of plant secondary metabolites on plant and soil interactions. Her M.S. research project was developed from this work.  Daniella plans to study the impacts of climate change on secondary metabolites and regulation of the soil carbon and nitrogen cycle.

Terrence Frett - MS Student with Dr. Ksenija Gasic, received a Profesional Enrichment Grant from CU Graduate Student Government to attend the 1st National Association of Plant Breeders Meeting at Texas A & M this May.

Jeff Martin - Ph.D. Student with Dr. L. McCarty, received the South Carolina Landscape & Turfgrass Association Scholarship

Allison Justice - Ph.D. Student with Dr. J. Faust, was nominated a 2011 Scholar by the Ohio Florists Association.  Allison is working on the effects of certain mycorrhizae on unrooted cutting for adventitius root formation.

2010

Kevin Parris - Ph.D. Student: His publication “Ploidy Levels, Relative Genome Sizes, and Base Pair Composition in Magnolia.” was selected as the cover article for the issue of J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci., 2010. 135: 533-547 (co-authors: T.G. Ranney, H.T. Knap, and W.V. Baird).

Kevin Parris - Ph.D. Student, was awarded again the 1st place in a Ph.D. category in the 2010 Southern Nursery Associations' Bryson L. James Student Research Competition (first award in 2009). 

Bruce Martin  - Professor, Turfgrass Pathology, Pee Dee Research & Education Center
Alumni Distinguished Cooperative Extension Public Service Award

Allison Justice - Ph.D. Student, PES, floriculture
was named a SC Rural Rehab Fellow and also received a 2010 Seed Companies Scholarship Award through the American Floral Endowment.

Allison Rick - Ph.D. Student, PES, soil chemistry
Manuscript in press, entitled “Role of Soil Nanoparticles in Labile Phosphorus Release in Ultisols,” in the Soil Science Society of America Journal.

Stephen Ficklin
- Ph.D. Student, PES, bioinformatics
Manuscript entitled “The Association of Multiple Interacting Genes with Specific Phenotypes In Rice (Oryza sativa) Using Gene Co-Expression Networks”, has been published in Plant Physiology, July 28, 2010; 10.1104/pp.110.159459v1.

Allison Rick - Ph.D. Student, PES, soil chemistry
Awarded 6th Place in the Nano 2010 Graduate Student Best Platform Presentation Contest.

Allison Rick - Ph.D. Student, PES, soil chemistry
Received a Registration Grant for the Nano 2010 International Conference on Environmental Effects of Nanoparticles and Nanomaterials, held this year in August at Clemson University.

Allison Rick - Ph.D. Student, PES, soil chemistry
Received a Goldschmidt 2010 Travel Grant. The Goldschmidt Travel Grant program annually provides funding to delegates attending the Goldschmidt Conference, the premiere international conference on geochemistry, which was held in Knoxville, TN in June 2010.

Sean Halloran - M.S. Student, PES, plant tissue culture
was invited to give a presentation of his graduate work at the 12th World Congress of the International Association for Plant Biotechnology (IAPB) and the 2010 In Vitro Biology Meeting of the Society for In Vitro Biology (SIVB) held in St. Louis, MO. His talk was entitled, Correlative Analysis of Macronutrient Use and Plant Quality in a Multi-factor Nutrient Platform with Curcuma longa L.

Kirthi Kiran Yadagiri - Ph.D. Student, PES, mycology
was awarded first place in the Ruska Student Competition at the Southeastern Microscopy Society’s 2010 Annual Meeting in Charleston, SC. The Ruska award is Southeastern Microscopy Society's annual student research award and is named after Ernst Ruska, the inventor of the electron microscope, and Helmut Ruska, eminent biologist.

Kirthi Kiran Yadagiri - Ph.D. Student, PES, mycology
received a Travel Award to attend the 2010 annual meeting of the American Phytopathological Society, Southeastern Division in Orlando, FL.

Dr. Julia Kerrigan - Asst. Professor of mycology, Entomology, Soils, & Plant Sciences
received the 2010 Clemson University College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Science Teaching Excellence Award for Graduate Education

Elspeth Murday - Ph.D. Student, PES, plant genetics
has been invited by the American Seed Research Foundation to be on the 2010 Operation Student Connection Team at the 127th Convention of the American Seed Trade Assoc (ASTA). the ASTA is one of the most important seed industry meetings in the world. She will be giving a short presentation on her research and be matched with a mentor from one of the sponsoring companies.

Robert Tompkins - Ph.D. Student, PES, restoration ecology
published a manuscript entitled “A Newly Documented and Significant Piedmont Prairie Site with a Helianthus schweinitzii Torrey & Gray (Schweinitz's Sunflower) Population" in the Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society, Vol 137(1):120-129

Megan Leach - Ph.D. Student, PES, nematology
Society of Nematologists John Webster Outstanding Student for 2010, which is awarded only to a graduate student within one year of graduation. She will present a a talk on her dissertation research at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Nematologists, July 11-14, 2010 in Boise, Idaho. 

Elspeth Murday - Ph.D. Student, PES
2010 Wade Stackhouse Fellowship

Allison Rick - Ph.D. Student, PES, soil chemistry
has been selected by the Association of Women Soil Scientists (AWSS) as the 2009 AWSS Travel Scholarship recipient for travel to the Soil Science Society of America Annual Meeting to present the results of her research. The 2009 ASA-CSSA-SSSA Annual Meetings is being held in Pittsburgh, PA.

Robert Tompkins - Ph.D. Student, PES, restoration ecology
Manuscript entitled “Big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii Poaceae) populations in the Carolinas” has been accepted for publication in Rhodora.

Robert Tompkins - Ph.D. Student, PES, restoration ecology
Robert, who teaches biology at Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, NC, has just co-authored a book with Don Beagle, Dir. of Library Services at Belmont Abbey. The book, entitled The Life and Art of Ralph Ray, Jr., showcases Ray's extensive understanding of the nature of birds and their habitats, which can be seen in page after page of his realistic paintings. Ray's art helped spark environmental consciousness during post-World War II America.

2009

Ernesto Robayo (MS '09) - M.S. Student, PES, ornamental crops and trees
Albert Paulus Student Travel Award to attend the 2009 American Phytopathological Society (APS) Annual Meeting in Portland, OR.

Zhen Fu - Ph.D. Student, PES, nematology
Dow AgroSciences graduate student travel award to attend the 2009 annual meeting of the Society of Nematologists (SON) in Burlington, VT.

Megan Leach - Ph.D. Student, PES, nematology
Tuition scholarship to attend the Summer Institute in Statistical Genetics at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, Summer 2009.  The cost of tuition for 3 modules and travel will be covered.

Kevin Parris - Ph.D. Student, PES
1st place Ph.D. category in the 2009 Southern Nursery Associations' Bryson L. James Student Research Competition at the 54th Annual SNA Research Conference in Atlanta, GA, February 12, 2009. Kevin's paper, coauthored by Tom Ranney, N.C. State University, and Vance Baird and Halina Knap, Clemson University, was entitled "Ploidy Levels and Genome Sizes of Magnolia Species, Hybrids, and Cultivars".

Margaret Miller (MS '09)- M.S. Student, PES, forage management
Jason Schmidt - M.S. Student, PES, forage management
2008 Wade Stackhouse Fellowships

2008

Prashant Jha (PhD '08) - Ph.D. Student, PES, weed biology and ecology
2008 Gerald O. Mott Meritorious Graduate Student Award in Crop Science offered by the Crop Science Society of Ammerica (CSSA).

Prashant Jha (PhD '08) - Ph.D. Student, PES, weed biology and ecology
was nominated by the College of Agriculture, Forestry, & Life Sciences for the 2008 Clemson University Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant Award.

Margaret Miller (MS '09) - M.S. Student, PES, forage management
2008 Agronomy and Soils Endowment Award

Prashant Jha (PhD '08) and Mayank Malik (PhD '09) - Ph.D. Students, PES, weed biology and ecology
2008 Dr. & Mrs. H.P. Cooper Agronomy Scholarship

Jason Schmidt (MS '09) - M.S. Student, PES, forage management
2008 John R. Wigington Memorial Endowment in Agronomy

Ernesto Robayo (MS '09) - M.S. Student, PES, diseases of ornamental crops and trees
2008 George Miller Armstrong Plant and Environmental Sciences Foundation Fellowship

Megan Leach - Ph.D. Student, PES, nematology
2008 George Miller Armstrong Plant and Environmental Sciences Foundation Award to pay for supply purchases to support her dissertation research.

Inga McLaughlin (MS '07) - Research Associate, Plant Pathology
2008 George Miller Armstrong Plant and Environmental Sciences Foundation Award to pay for travel to present her thesis research at the 2008 annual meeting of the American Phytopathological Society.

2007

Desmond Layne - Assoc. Professor, Horticulture
Greg Reighard - Professor, Horticulture
Guido Schnabel - Assoc. Professor, Entomology, Soils, & Plant Sciences
Simon Scott - Professor, Entomology, Soils, & Plant Sciences
2007 Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service Team Award (Peach Team)

Xiaoyu Liu (PhD '09) - Ph.D. Student, Horticulture
The American Pomological Society awarded Xiaoyu Liu 1st Place for a paper entitled, "Peach Rootstock Identification by DNA-fingerprinting with Microsatellite (SSR) Markers." The paper will be recognized in the Journal American Pomological Society in 2007, Volume 61, Issue 4. It was co-authored by G.L. Reighard, G.A. Swire-Clark and W.V. Baird.

Xiaoyu Liu (PhD '09) - Ph.D. Student, Horticulture
Poster selected as finalist for graduate student poster session for the Charlotte Biotechnology Conference. Competition will be held October 12, 2007 at UNCC.

Yuji Arai - Assistant Professor, Soil Science
A recent mercury paper, published in the Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, has been selected for “science highlight” by the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory. The Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory is a division of Stanford Linear Accelerator Center and is operated by Stanford University for the Department of Energy.

Mary Haque - Professor, Horticulture
Along with Lolly Tai, Gina McLellan and Erin Knight, received the Honor Award for Communication by the American Society of Landscape Architects South Carolina Chapter for the book, Designing Outdoor Environments for Children.  2007.

Mary Haque - Professor, Horticulture
Along with Lolly Tai, Gina McLellan and Erin Knight, received the President’s Award for Communication by the American Society of Landscape Architects Pennsylvania/Delaware Chapter for the book, Designing Outdoor Environments for Children: Landscaping School Yards, Gardens, and Playgrounds. 2007.

Mary Haque - Professor, Horticulture
Her student, David Warren, won first place in the American Society for Horticultural Science Southern Region for his presentation, “Landscaping for Water Quality: Designing a Demonstration Garden for the Friends of Lake Keowee Society Headquarters”. 2007.

Mary Haque - Professor, Horticulture
Her student, David Warren, won first place in the Clemson University Natural Resources Undergraduate Competition for his presentation, “Landscaping for Water Quality: Designing a Demonstration Garden for the Friends of Lake Keowee Society Headquarters”. 2007.

B. Merle Shepard - Professor, Entomology
Along with Roger Francis and Powell Smith, received an Award for Excellence from the Clemson University Board of Trustees. 2007.

Matthew Cousins (MS '08) - MS Student, Horticulture
Received the Clemson University Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award “…for good, excellence in maintaining high ideals of living and genuine and disinterested service to others.” This award is named in honor of the first president of the New York Southern Society and it was established by an agreement between the society and Clemson University. 2007.

Matthew Cousins (MS '08) - MS Student, Horticulture
Received an Alumni Graduate Fellowship for the 2007-2008 academic year.

Megan Leach - Ph.D. Student, Entomology, Soils, & Plant Sciences
Received a Clemson University Graduate Dean’s Fellowship award for the 2007-2008 academic year.

Ernesto Robayo (MS '09) - MS Student, Entomology, Soils, & Plant Sciences
Received a Clemson University Graduate Dean’s Fellowship award for the 2007-2008 academic year.

Inga McLaughlin (MS '07) - MS Student, Entomology, Soils, & Plant Sciences
Dr. Steve Jeffers' student, Inga McLaughlin, was awarded a travel grant to attend the 4th IUFRO Meeting on Phytophthoras In Forests and Natural Ecosystems at the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, CA on August 26-31, 2007.  IUFRO is The International Union of Forest Research Organizations that sponsors a number of different forest working groups.  Her paper entitled, Survival of Phytophthora cinnamomi in Soil After Prescribed Fire in a Southern Appalachian Forest, was presented. Her abstract may be viewed at: http://nature.berkeley.edu/IUFRO2007/phytophthora/abstracts/24_mclaughlin.pdf 2007.