Charles W. Rice

Chapter Scholar Award,  presented in April 2004


It gives us great pleasure to present one of the 2004 Phi Kappa Phi Scholar Awards to Charles W. Rice.

Dr. Rice received a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography from Northern Illinois University, a Master of Science in Soil Science from the University of Kentucky, and a Ph.D. in Soil Microbiology from the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Rice is recognized as one of the leading soil microbiologists in the United States. His research interests are in the areas of soil microbial ecology, carbon and nitrogen cycling in terrestrial ecosystems, soil quality, and denitrification of subsoils.

Dr. Rice has taught 4 Department of Agronomy courses and has served as Major Professor for 14 Masters students and 16 Ph.D. students.  His scholarly output includes 46 refereed journal articles, 12 book chapters, and 48 bulletins and proceedings.  Dr. Rice has given 35 invited presentations, symposia, and seminars including presentations in Trinidad, Argentina, Mexico, France, Guatemala, England, and Australia.  Dr. Rice has been a co-investigator on research grants that have brought in more than $3,700,000 in extramural funding.

Dr. Rice is a Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America and a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy.  He served two terms on the editorial board for the Soil Science Society of America Journal and was elected to Chair the Soil Biology and Biochemistry division of the Soil Science Society of America.

Dr. Rice has given testimony and briefings on soil carbon sequestration to U.S. House and Senate committees and served on a U.S. State Department Negotiating Team for a U.S. - New Zealand Bilateral Agreement on Climate Change Research.  Dr. Rice currently serves as Director of the Consortium for Agricultural Soils Mitigation of Greenhouse Gases.

The Scholar Award criteria:

  1. Quality of accomplishments in
    the nominee's field of study.
  2. Achievements of regional,
    national and/or international
    scope (publications, research,
    invited lectures, etc.).
  3. Honors and other forms of
    recognition for excellence in
    scholarly work.