Posted: May 11, 2022

The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology announced its 2022 awards and scholarships recipients during their annual celebration on May 2 at the Ramada Hotel & Conference Center in State College.

Graduate students in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology were honored during the department’s annual celebration on May 2 at the Ramada Hotel & Conference Center in State College. From left, back row, are Terry Torres-Cruz, Sarah Richards, Mary Smith, Michelle Paukett, Emma Wallace and Xiangrong (Ryan) Guo. In front are Rachel Richardson, Md Tariqul Islam and Karen Luong. Not pictured are Lindsay Coulter, Hanareia Ehau-Taumaunu, Elisa Lauritzen and Johanny Castro. Credit: Penn State. All Rights Reserved.

Graduate students in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology were honored during the department’s annual celebration on May 2 at the Ramada Hotel & Conference Center in State College. From left, back row, are Terry Torres-Cruz, Sarah Richards, Mary Smith, Michelle Paukett, Emma Wallace and Xiangrong (Ryan) Guo. In front are Rachel Richardson, Md Tariqul Islam and Karen Luong. Not pictured are Lindsay Coulter, Hanareia Ehau-Taumaunu, Elisa Lauritzen and Johanny Castro. Credit: Penn State. All Rights Reserved.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology announced its 2022 awards and scholarships recipients during their annual celebration on May 2 at the Ramada Hotel & Conference Center in State College.

The awards and scholarships ceremony is part of the department's annual celebration where attendees include current students, faculty and staff, as well as emeriti and retirees. The recipients are listed below by category.

Scholarships
The L. Earl and Veronica Casida Graduate Scholarship

  • Elisa Lauritzen, graduate student

The Arthur Gaspari Memorial Scholarship

  • Rachel Richardson, graduate student

James P. Roberts Scholarship

  • Xiangrong (Ryan) Guo, graduate student

Awards
Henry W. Popp Award

  • Lindsay Coulter, graduate student
  • Karen Luong, graduate student
  • Michelle Paukett, graduate student
  • Sarah Richards, graduate student
  • Md Tariqul Islam, graduate student

Elwin L. Stewart & Barbara J. Christ Plant Pathology Graduate Studies Enhancement Award

  • Hanareia Ehau-Taumaunu, graduate student
  • Elisa Lauritzen, graduate student
  • Md Tariqul Islam, graduate student
  • Mary Smith, graduate student

Leonard J. Francl Memorial Award

  • Hanareia Ehau-Taumaunu, graduate student
  • Emma Wallace, graduate student

The Herbert Cole Jr. Fund for Plant Pathology & Environmental Microbiology

  • Johanny Castro, graduate student

Microbiome Center Phytobiomes Fellowship

  • Terry Torres-Cruz, graduate student

Merrill Teaching Award

  • Paul Esker, associate professor
  • Melanie Miller Foster, associate teaching professor 

Laurence D. and Mary Ann Moore Staff Excellence Award

  • Edward Kaiser, research technologist

Service Awards
50 Years

  • Donald Davis, professor

15 Years

  • Qin Wang, research support technician
  • Yinong Yang, professor

10 Years

  • Diane Yoder, office manager

5 Years

  • Fabrício Vieira, postdoctoral scholar