Outstanding Student Award Winners Named from Bumpers College Departments and HESC

Bumpers College Outstanding Seniors include, from left, Rachel Barry, agricultural economics and agribusiness; Sophia Landers, animal science; and Guillermo Tellez, poultry science.
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Bumpers College Outstanding Seniors include, from left, Rachel Barry, agricultural economics and agribusiness; Sophia Landers, animal science; and Guillermo Tellez, poultry science.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – U of A's Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences has named 23 students winners of outstanding student awards for 2019-20 from its eight departments and the School of Human Environmental Sciences.

Outstanding students were selected from undergraduate, master's degree and doctoral programs.

Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness

  • Rachel Barry, Senior
  • Taylor Wiseman, M.S.

Agricultural Education, Communications and Technology

  • Grace Dianne Vehige, Senior
  • Bradley Borges, M.S.

Animal Science

  • Sophia Faith Landers, Senior
  • Ellen Herring, M.S.
  • Jianmin Chai, Ph.D.

Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences

  • Srusti Maddala, Senior
  • Caio L. dos Santos, M.S.
  • Sumandeep Bazzer, Ph.D.

Entomology and Plant Pathology

  • Laura Ortega, M.S.
  • Hillary Donna Fischer, Ph.D.

Food Science

  • Anastasia Mills, Senior
  • Annegret Jannasch, M.S.
  • Zephania R. Odek, Ph.D.


  • Hiliary Viguet, Senior
  • Karlee Pruitt, M.S.
  • Waltram Ravelombola, Ph.D.

School of Human Environmental Sciences

  • Lauren Bouvier, Senior
  • Sarah Ann Pendergraft, M.S.

Poultry Science

  • Guillermo Tellez, Senior
  • Trevor Lee, M.S.
  • Katie Michelle Hilton, Ph.D.

The college also recognized its College Ambassadors for 2019-20. The group represents the college at on-campus and off-campus functions and events, and assists the Dean's Office with multiple projects. This year's group included Kenley Bramall (lead Ambassador), Stephanie Bennett, Ruth Ann Buckner, Bodi Cotter, Gage Dixon, Katie Gardner, Jesus Lopez, Anastasia Mills, Joshua Tebo and Olivia Thornton.

About the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences: Bumpers College provides life-changing opportunities to position and prepare graduates who will be leaders in the businesses associated with foods, family, the environment, agriculture, sustainability and human quality of life; and who will be first-choice candidates of employers looking for leaders, innovators, policy makers and entrepreneurs. The college is named for Dale Bumpers, former Arkansas governor and longtime U.S. senator who made the state prominent in national and international agriculture. For more information about Bumpers College, visit our website, and follow us on Twitter at @BumpersCollege and Instagram at BumpersCollege.

About the University of Arkansas: The University of Arkansas provides an internationally competitive education for undergraduate and graduate students in more than 200 academic programs. The university contributes new knowledge, economic development, basic and applied research, and creative activity while also providing service to academic and professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the University of Arkansas among only 2.7 percent of universities in America that have the highest level of research activity. U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of Arkansas among its top American public research universities. Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas comprises 10 colleges and schools and maintains a low student-to-faculty ratio that promotes personal attention and close mentoring.


Robby Edwards, director of communications
Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences
479-565-4625, robbye@uark.edu


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