Stupar recognized as outstanding young crop scientist

July 20, 2015

Robert StuparDepartment of Agronomy and Plant Genetics associate professor Bob Stupar will be recognized this fall by the Crop Science Society of America with its Young Crop Scientist Award. The award will be presented on November 17 at the society's international annual meeting in Minneapolis. The annual awards are presented for outstanding contributions to agronomy through education, national and international service, and research.

Stupar, who earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Minnesota and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, holds a 75 percent research and 25 percent teaching appointment. His research program focuses on legume genomics, specializing in soybean gene function and genetic resources development. The society noted his development of unique methods to study genome diversity, both in natural and mutant populations. He has also been active in utilizing gene editing technologies for understanding soybean gene functions. He's co-authored 37 peer-reviewed publications and has been active in scientific community leadership.

The Young Crop Scientist Award is designed to recognize young crop scientists who have made an outstanding contribution in any area of crop science by the age of 40.