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February 4, 2021

Agronomy graduate student selected for Future Leaders in Science Award

Submitted by Krishna Jagadish

Nathan Hein

Nathan Hein, graduate student in agronomy, has been selected as a recipient of the 2021 American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, Soil Science Society of America Future Leaders in Science Award.

Hein was selected from a pool of exceptional students based on his application expressing an impressive enthusiasm for both research and advocacy. This highly competitive award will present Hein with the opportunity to complete extensive advocacy and policy training and will spend a week in virtual meetings with national lawmakers and policy advocates.

Outside of his interest in advocacy, Hein is also a dedicated researcher with experiments focused on the physiological effects of high night-time temperature stress on crops. In addition, Hein's research interests include utilizing in-season decision-making tools such as ground- and aerial-based sensors to prescribe variable rate nitrogen applications and to increase nitrogen use efficiency. Hein loves sharing his research with academic and industry leaders alike, and also frequently uses his experiments to increase interest in STEM careers in underrepresented groups through collaboration with the GROW organization on campus.

Hein is a graduate student with Krishna Jagadish in the Crop EcoPhysiology Lab, Department of Agronomy.