Two P3 Trainees - Clayton Carley and Cassie Winn - receive 2020 NAPB Borlaug Scholarships. As a Borlaug Scholar, they are given paid registration to the annual NAPB meeting, paid NAPB membership fees, a $500 cash award, and are paired with an NAPB mentor.
Photos: (Left) Clayton Carley; (Right) Cassie Winn
The annual awards are presented for outstanding contributions to agronomy through education, national and international service, and research. The Borlaug Graduate Scholars program is established by the National Association of Plant Breeders (NAPB) and funded through the Agronomic Science Foundation (ASF) to develop the plant breeding science professions by strengthening the next generation of leaders.
Here is information on each of the recipients:
Clayton Carley: "I am honored to receive the 2020 NAPB Borlaug Scholarship. As a developing breeder and scientist, I am humbled to have an award with the namesake of one of the most influential breeders in the world. I hope that my own career will live up to the legacy that Dr. Borlaug created as I work to improve the crops and genetics that farmers use to feed, fuel, and clothe the world."
Clayton Carley is a member of the Singh Soynomics & Breeding group and a Ph.D. graduate research assistant at Iowa State University in Ames, IA. As an NSF Predictive Plant Phenomics Trainee, Clayton is investigating predictive root-shoot relationships with innovative methods of combining machine learning and high throughput phenotyping while exploring the underlying genetic components involved. Clayton is an active leader and mentor in several graduate student and community organizations.
Cassandra Winn is a PhD candidate in plant breeding and predictive plant phenomics at Iowa State University in Ames, IA, studying under Dr. Jode Edwards. Her research focuses on evaluating the use of crop growth models in maize breeding for simulating genotype by environment interactions. Cassandra received a B.S. in Genetics & Biotechnology from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. She has been actively involved in the organization of both the RF Baker Plant Breeding
Symposium and Predictive Plant Phenomics (P3) Symposium at Iowa State University for the past four years, and has held multiple leadership positions within Iowa State University's Agronomy Department Graduate Student Club.
See Cassie's full press release here (PDF).