Gamma Sigma Delta Awards

Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society of AgricultureAward of Merit for Distinguished Achievement in Agriculture, Teaching Awards

Award of Merit for Distinguished Achievement in Agriculture

The idea of such an award was first proposed in 1945. The matter was brought up at the 1948 Conclave and accepted. At the 1950 Conclave the design of a suitable medal was agreed upon and the International Officers were instructed to set up details for making such an annual award. Later a plaque was presented in place of the medal. At the 1968 Conclave the decision was made to present a $500 cash award to the recipient, along with the plaque. This was agreed on by the chapters, and the first cash award was made in 1969. Effective 1993, the award stipend was increased to $1,000. At the 1994 Conclave the name of the International Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award was changed to the Distinguished Achievement in Agriculture Award. In 2002, the Award was increased to $2,000 based on $10,000 contribution by an anonymous donor. The Society continued to support the $2,000 stipend following depletion of the donor funds. The creation of the International Gamma Sigma Delta Foundation in 2007 as a 501.c.3 organization was intended to help raise funds to support the awards program.

Each year each chapter is encouraged to select an individual it wishes to honor and submit information on that individual to the Executive Committee. Criteria include significant contributions to agricultural and related sciences in the areas of teaching, research, and extension within the five years previous to the submission of the nomination. In 2007, the Constitution was changed to permit consideration of life time achievement is the selection process as well. Selection is made by the International Officers at their annual meeting. The recipient is informed of the honor by the International President, after which the selection is made public. The award is conferred by an International Officer (usually the one located closest to the home chapter of the recipient) at an event of the local chapter, at a time and place agreed upon. The local chapter is responsible for publicizing the event.

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Gamma Sigma Delta Merit Award

Criteria include significant contributions to agricultural and related sciences in the areas of teaching, research, and extension within the five years previous to the submission of the nomination. In 2007, the Constitution was changed to permit consideration of life time achievement is the selection process as well. The recipient is informed of the honor by the International President, after which the selection is made public.

YearRecipientDepartment
2016 Ron Yoder Institute of Agriculture & Natural Resources
2008 Martin Massengale Grassland Studies
2006 L. Dale Van Vleck Animal Science
2001 Lowell Moser Agronomy and Horticulture
1995 Dermot P. Coyne Horticulture
1990 Gordon Dickerson Animal Breeding/Genetics
1977 Charles Gardner Agronomy
1969 Virgil Johnson
John Schmidt
Agronomy
1965 Khem Shahani Dairy Technology
1961 George Young Veterinary Science

Gamma Sigma Delta Teaching Awardees

The following members have been selected by the Nebraska chapter to receive the teaching award. Those honored have established an outstanding teaching and advising record at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

YearRecipientDepartment
2016 Tom Burkey Animal Science
2015 Merlyn Niclsen Animal Science
2014 Roberto Cortinas Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
2013 Dann Husmann Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication
2012 Madhavan Soundararajan Biochemistry
2011 Lisa Karr-Lilienthal Animal Science
2010 Martha Mamo Agronomy and Horticulture
2009 Tiffany Heng-Moss Entomology
2008 Bryan Reiling Animal Science
2007 Darrell Mark Agricultural Economics
2006 Linda Young Nutrition and Health Sciences
2005 Timothy Carr *Nutrition and Health Sciences
2004 Ellen Paparozzi Agronomy and Horticulture
2003 Stephen Mason Agronomy and Horticulture
2002 Phillip Miller Animal Science
2001 Walter Schacht Agronomy and Horticulture
2000 Don Lee  Agronomyand Horticulture
1999 Leon Higley Entomology
1998 Steve Jones Animal Science
1997 Dennis McCallister Agronomy
1996 George Pfeiffer Agricultural Economics
1995 Dennis Conley Agricultural Economics
1994 Ronald Case Forestry, Fisheries and Wildlife
1993 Ackland Jones Entomology
1992 Kenneth Von Bargen Biological Systems Engineering
1991 Jim Kinder Animal Science
1990 Robert Sorensen Agronomy
1989 Steven Waller Agronomy
1988 Dennis Brink Animal Science
1987 Richard Waldren Agronomy
1986 Virginia Book Agricultural Communication
1985 M. Rosalind Morris Agronomy
1984 Robert Olson Agronomy
1983 Ted Doane Animal Science
1982 Allen Blezek Agricultural Education
1981 David Lewis Horticulture
1980 Keith Gilster Animal Science
1979 Ronald Hanson Agricultural Economics
1978 Dwane Zimmerman Animal Science
1977 Bobby Moser Animal Science
1976 A. Dale Flowerday Agronomy
1975 Roy Arnold Food Science and Technology
1974 P.J. Cunningham Animal Science
1973 Lowell Moser Agronomy
1972 Ernest Peo, Jr. Animal Science
1971 Terry Klopfenstein Animal Science
1970 Urban E. Wendorff Agricultural Education & Mechanized Agriculture
1969 Charles Adams Animal Science
1968 James Kendrick Agricultural Economics
1967 David McGill Agronomy
1966 Pauline Doryland Biochemistry
1965 William Colville Agronomy
1964 Loyal Payne Veterinary Science
1963 John Sulek Biological Systems Engineering