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Charles R. and Ellen M. Krueger Undergraduate Research Endowment

Charles "Chuck" Krueger and his wife, Ellen Krueger, of Mesa, Arizona, have donated $50,000 to benefit undergraduate research programs in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

The Charles R. and Ellen M. Krueger Undergraduate Research Endowment was motivated by Chuck Krueger's experience in a Special Research Projects course that resulted in his first published research paper, he said.

"I credit this experience for shaping my future career," he explained. "This opportunity, along with encouragement from my major adviser, led me to pursue interdisciplinary advanced degrees in dairy nutrition and agronomy."

Chuck Krueger graduated with a bachelor's degree in dairy science in 1960, a master's degree, also in dairy science, in 1963, and a doctoral degree in agronomy in 1967, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 1982, he became the associate dean for research and associate director of the Pennsylvania Agricultural Experiment Station at Penn State. After 15 years in the role, he began teaching a course in forage crops management for the then Department of Crop and Soil Sciences. He retired from Penn State in 2004 and relocated to Mesa, Arizona, in 2006.

Ellen Krueger graduated from the University of Northern Iowa at Cedar Falls and taught elementary school in Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin before raising a family in State College and working at the Penn State Bookstore.

In addition to the opportunity to support a significant need for research funding in undergraduate education, the Kruegers hope that their donation reflects their gratitude to the University. "Penn State has had a major impact on the lives and successes of our entire family," Chuck Krueger said.