AGRO Education Awards for Student Travel

Sponsored by Bayer

The AGRO Division has established an endowment fund to be used to promote an understanding of the role of chemistry in agriculture. To address this goal, student awards will be made through the Division’s Education Committee. The subject of the presentation should pertain to the chemistry of the AGRO Division. Topics should relate to pest management chemistry including synthesis, metabolism, regulatory, biotechnology, delivery, risk assessment, resistance, residues, mode of action, fate/behavior/transport, and agronomic practices. The AGRO Division is also interested in chemical products made from agricultural commodities and byproducts, including biofuels and the issues surrounding their production.

Selected undergraduate and graduate students were awarded up to $600 each to help defray costs of attendance to give poster and oral presentations at the 254th ACS National Meeting in Washington, DC August 20-24, 2017.  First, Second, and Third place winners in the poster competition will receive an additional cash award.  Please see the application form below for more details.


Education Award Co-Chairs:
Marja Koivunen, California Department of Food and Agriculture
Diana Aga, University of Buffalo

2017 Student Award Application Form

2016 Awardees


  • Alison Franklin, Reusing wastewater in agriculture: Groundwater quality, plant uptake, and antibiotic resistance? Penn State, Jack Watson.
  • Shiyao Jiang, Mosquitocidal activity and mode of action of the isoxazoline fluralaner, University of Florida at Gainesville, Jeff Bloomquist.
  • Rachel Mullen, Analysis of plant uptake and effects of pharmaceuticals using liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry, University of New York at Buffalo, Diana Aga.
  • Jaben Richards, Mechanisms of pyrethroid degradation on urban surfaces. University of California, Riverside, Jay Gan.
  • Parichehr Saranjampour, Water solubility and n-octanol/water partition coefficient measurements of pesticides, in freshwater and seawater, Louisiana State University, Kevin Armbrust.


  • Nita Gabriela Chavez Soria, Mass Spectral identification of biomarkers of exposure to silver nanoparticles in corn roots, University of New York at Buffalo, Diana Aga.
  • Zachary Cryder, Effects of pesticide application methods on urban runoff of fipronil and its degradation products, University of California, Riverside, Jay Gan.
  • Corey Griffith, Probing the metabolomic impacts of chloroacetanilide herbicides on earthworm coelomic fluid University of California, Riverside, Cynthia K. Larive.
  • Ping He, Mass spectrometry based method for measuring vitellogenin in fish as biomarker of exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals, University of New York at Buffalo, Diana Aga.
  • James Klimavicz, Monoterpenoid derivatives as biorational mosquito repellents, Iowa State University, Joel Coats.
  • Nicholas Larson, Behavioral actions of heterocyclic amines on honey bees, Virginia Tech, Troy Anderson.
  • Eryn Matich, Characterization of value-added biochemicals using mass spectrometry-based metabolomics in a non-model microalgae. University of New York at Buffalo, G. Ekin Atilla-Gokcumen.
  • Edmund Norris, Exploring the relationship between PaOA1 receptor modulation and the insecticidal character of monoterpenoids. Iowa State University, Joel Coats.
  • Scott O’Neal, Cardiac regulation of viral infection in a model social insect, Virginia Tech, Troy Anderson.
  • Anuj Ranjan, Investigating the role of Trp86 residue of human acetylcholinesterase in interaction with organophosphate by docking, site-directed mutagenic and molecular modeling approach, Amity University, India, Tanu Jindal.
  • Adrian Romero, Improving continuous monitoring of VOC’s emissions from alternative fertilizers. University of Maryland, Alba Torrents.
  • Akash Sadaria, Molar distribution and correlation between fipronil and its degradates in wastewater and biosolids of eight California wastewater treatment plants, Arizona State University, Rolf Halden.
  • Vamshi Krishna Reddy Sammeta, Herbicide binding in plant acetyl-CoA carboxylase by homology modeling, MD simulation, and docking. University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, Donald Boerth.
  • Emily N Vebrosky, Photodegradation of 2,6-dichloro-4-nitroaniline (DCNA) in freshwater and saltwater, Louisiana State University, Kevin Armbrust.
  • Jennifer Williams, In-hive herbicide exposure elicits oxidative stress response in honey bees, Virginia Tech, Troy Anderson.
  • Qi Yao, Assessing the effectiveness of vegetative environmental buffers in mitigating air pollutant emissions from poultry houses, University of Maryland, Alba Torrents.