It gives us great pleasure to present one of the 2004 Phi Kappa Phi Scholar/Meritorious Service Awards to John A. Unruh
Dr. Unruh received both Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Animal Sciences
at Washington State University and a Ph.D. in Animal Sciences and Industry at Kansas State University.
Dr. Unruh's research interests focus on live animal production and management, carcass composition
and quality, and sensory evaluation of meat.
He has authored 38 refereed journal articles, 3 books, 113 technical reports and extension
bulletins, and 7 videos. He has given more than 40 international, national, and regional invited
presentations, including numerous presentations in Mexico and Costa Rica. He consulted with the
government of Costa Rica in developing beef grading standards for industry use and is working
with a university in Paraguay to develop a training program for meat industry personnel.
Dr. Unruh has been an investigator or co-investigator on competitive grants that have brought in
more than $800,000 in research funding.
Dr. Unruh has taught 9 undergraduate and graduate level courses, served as Major Professor for
13 graduate students, and manages to advise 20-28 undergraduates each semester. He has been the
recipient of several teaching awards, including the Gamma Sigma Delta Outstanding Teaching Award
of Merit, Epsilon Sigma Phi Outstanding New Faculty Award, and was selected twice as KSU College
of Agriculture Faculty of the Semester.
Dr. Unruh coached the KSU Collegiate Meats Judging Team for eight years. During that span,
his teams placed first or second 24 times in national competitions and brought home two national
championships. For the past 7 years he has coordinated the KSU Collegiate Meats Judging Program.
Dr. Unruh has served as chair of a number of American Meat Science Association and Midwestern
Section American Society of Animal Science committees as well as serving as President of the
American Meat Science Association Intercollegiate Meat Judging Coaches Association.