AASIO awards are given annually to persons who have made outstanding contributions in any area of agronomy, crop science, natural resources, horticultural science, soil science, environmental science, or plant biology. To be eligible for these awards the person has to be a current member of AASIO.
Awards nomination for year 2020 are now closed.
2019 Award Winners
Outstanding Agricultural Scientist Award
Dr. Kulvinder Gill is a professor and director of the feed of the future innovation lab of climate resilient wheat at Washington State University. Dr. Gill’s research has presented new, tangible discoveries that have real-world uses for future research and applications. Three of his developed wheat varieties are commercially grown in the U.S. and several germplasm lines developed by his group have been deposited to USDA GRIN database. Dr. Gill has published 121 peer reviewed scientific articles in high impact journals and 40 book chapter/proceedings. His work has been cited more than 8000 times. He has secured $30 million from various national and international funding agencies. Over the years, he has trained more than 50 graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and visiting scientists from all over the world. He served as the President of the Western Section, American Society of Plant Biologists and has received numerous awards.
Early Career Agricultural Scientist Award
Dr. T-Ming Paul Tseng is currently an Assistant Professor of Weed Physiology in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at Mississippi State University (MSU). His research program is focused on studying the physiology of herbicide resistance, and characterizing the genetic basis of competitive traits in weeds. He has won several awards, including the Outstanding Reviewer Award (Weed Science Society of America); Excellence in Teaching Award (MSU College of Ag.); and SEC Faculty Travel Award. Dr. Tseng has served as Major Advisor/co-Advisor of 4 M.S. and 5 Ph.D. students, served on 8 graduate student committees, advised 10 undergraduate honors student research, and hosted 8 International Visiting Scholars. He received funding over $850,000 as a PI/Co-PI in several competitive grant programs from different agencies, including USDA, state commodity boards, MS Department of Agriculture, and NASA.
Outstanding Agricultural Postdoc Award
Dr. Kamaldeep Virdi is a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics at University of Minnesota. He is working with Drs. Gary Muehlbauer and Robert Stupar on soybean genetics and gene editing. Before coming to University of Minnesota, Dr. Virdi earned his PhD with specialization in plant genetics, cellular and molecular biology in Dr. Sally Mackenzie’s lab at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He has a Master’s degree in Plant Breeding and Genetics from Punjab Agricultural University, India.
Outstanding Agricultural Graduate Student Award - I
Dr. Jagmandeep Dhillon has recently joined as an Assistant Professor at Mississippi State University, after finishing his Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University (OSU). He completed his undergraduation from Punjab Agricultural University in Agricultural Engineering in 2010. After that, he worked for CIMMYT in BISA, jointly convened by CIMMYT and ICAR. He was stationed at Jabalpur as Assistant Agricultural Engineer. That is where he decided to pursue his MS, which he started in June 2014 and finished in May 2016 under Dr. Bill Raun at OSU in Plant and Soil Sciences. He stayed at OSU and continued to work on his Ph.D. in Soil Sciences with a focus on Precision Nutrient Management under Dr. Bill Raun.
Outstanding Agricultural Graduate Student Award - II
Mr. Jagdeep Singh Sidhu belongs to a farming family in Punjab and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in plant science at Penn state. He is working with Dr. Jonathan Lynch on identifying novel root traits for drought and nitrogen stress. Before this, he received his M.S. from South Dakota State University while working with Dr. Sunish Sehgal’s winter wheat breeding group. He received a B.S. degree in agriculture from Punjab Agricultural University.