Graduate students recognized for teaching and extension achievement

Posted: March 22, 2010

The College of Agricultural Sciences has honored two graduate students, Jason Weigle and Amanda Bachmann, for outstanding achievement in teaching and extension work.
Amanda Bachmann and Jason Weigle

Amanda Bachmann and Jason Weigle

Weigle, a dual doctoral-degree candidate in Rural Sociology/Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment, received the 2010 Paul Hand Award for Graduate Student Teaching Achievement. Weigle has taught undergraduate courses in the Community, Environment and Development major, and served as a teaching assistant for a course in the Community and Economic Development graduate program. He was cited for his innovation, passion for teaching, enthusiasm for the subject matter, creation of a stimulating learning environment and concern for student success.

Bachmann, a doctoral candidate in Entomology, received the 2010 Evans Family Award for Graduate Student Extension Achievement. Bachmann's thesis research and extension activities focus on aphid-vectored viruses in snap beans. She is credited with generating and translating knowledge that has assisted growers in managing a legume strain of cucumber mosaic virus, a pathogen spread by the invasive soybean aphid. In addition to offering workshops for Pennsylvania growers, she has presented her research at national and regional scientific meetings and for producers and researchers in Quebec, Canada.

The Hand Award is supported by the Paul Hand Endowment for Graduate Education in Agricultural Sciences, which was created in 1994 by the Atlantic Dairy Cooperative. Hand, who received his doctorate in Agricultural Economics from Penn State in 1960, created the endowment with the support of his long time employer. He said he continues to support his award in the college because his education led to a job and networking opportunities that made him who he is today.

The Evans Family Award is supported by an endowment created by Cheryl Evans and her late husband, Don, to provide a forum for dissemination and recognition of graduate research and to increase the communication and awareness of graduate-student research in the College of Agricultural Sciences. Don Evans was an assistant dean for cooperative extension and associate professor of agricultural and extension education who had a deep interest in the training of graduate students to be future extension and resident education professors.