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K-State Today

July 24, 2013



Plant pathology graduate, undergraduate students win awards

By Chris Little

Ananda Bandara, doctoral student in plant pathology, is a recipient of the Storkan-Hanes-McCaslin Foundation Award. The foundation awards are named in honor of Richard C. Storkan, Gerald L. Hanes and Robert L. McCaslin. The foundation was formed to support graduate student research in the area of soil borne diseases. Awardees are granted unrestricted monetary awards in addition to receiving round-trip airfare to the American Phytopathological Society annual meeting to receive their award at a recognition luncheon attended by previous awardees and the foundation committee. This year’s meeting will be in Austin, Texas. 

Morgan Halderson, senior in agronomy and undergraduate researcher in plant pathology, has been selected as a recipient of the Dr. Darrell Rosenow Memorial Scholarship supported by the National Sorghum Foundation. Rosenow, a pioneer in sorghum breeding, drought tolerance and disease resistance, was a teacher and mentor for many students interested in sorghum from around the world. His dedication to sorghum is remembered through this scholarship.

Both students work in the lab of Chris Little, associate professor of plant pathology.