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April 7, 2017

University distinguished professor of agronomy receives outstanding scientist award

Submitted by Steve Watson

Vara Prasad

Vara Prasad, university distinguished professor of agronomy and director of the USAID Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sustainable Intensification, is the recipient of K-State's Sigma Xi Outstanding Scientist Award.

Prasad received the award on April 4 at the spring xeremony of Sigma Xi on the Manhattan campus.

The award recognizes K-State Sigma Xi members who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in scientific research.

Prasad is a fellow of the American Society of Agronomy and Crop Science Society of America. In 2015, he received the Commerce Bank and W.T. Kemper Foundation Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award and the K-State College of Agriculture's Graduate Teaching Award. Prasad also received the International Educator Award from K-State in 2013.

The Sigma Xi honor society recognizes scientific achievements; is dedicated to the advancement of science through research, service and teaching; and promotes the public's understanding of science.

The society has 60,000 members, 500 chapters and 200 Nobel laureates.