Feb. 11, 2013
LINCOLN, Neb. — The Nebraska Chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, the Honor Society of Agriculture, held its annual New Member Initiation and Awards banquet in Lincoln Jan. 27.
Gamma Sigma Delta (http://gammasigmadelta.org) is an international honor society dedicated to recognizing accomplishments in agricultural sciences, natural resources, education and human sciences, and biological systems engineering.
The following new members from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln joined Gamma Sigma Delta:
Undergraduate students: College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources: Eric Thalken, Ogallala; Jana Cool, Callaway; Chanda Scheuring, Defiance, Iowa; Ivy Hoppes, Fremont; Peter Alexander Sojka, Omaha; Rachel Coburn, Papillion; Lacey Schardt, Carleton; Stephanie Smolek, Meadow Grove; Karla Pick, Hartington; Melissa Matulka, Thedford; Samantha Davis, Lincoln; Brooke Grossenbacher, Overland Park, Kan. and Tessa Harms, Dodge; College of Education and Human Sciences: Audrey Marie Swanson, Bellevue.
Graduate students: Jeremy Howard, Webster City, Iowa, Department of Animal Science and Maria Elisa Perez-Munoz, Department of Food Science and Technology
Faculty: Amy Timmerman, UNL Extension, O’Neill and Kayla Hinrichs, UNL Extension, Ord
Alumni: Douglas A. Golick, Department of Entomology
Award winners included:
Outstanding Undergraduate Students: first place, Rachel Coburn of Papillion; second place, Josiah Dallman of Boone, N.C.
Outstanding Graduate Student: Aruna Gangaplara, India, Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Excellence in Teaching: Madhavan Soundararajan, Department of Biochemistry
Excellence in Extension: Jenny Rees, UNL Extension, Clay Center
Excellence in Research: Galen Erickson, Department of Animal Science
The society’s most prestigious award, the Award of Merit for Distinguished Achievement in Agriculture, was awarded to Elizabeth Birnstihl, UNL Extension.Tamra Jackson-Ziems, Ph.D.
Sandi Alswager Karstens
IANR News Service