OSU Agricultural Sciences college honors top students

May 30, 2003

CORVALLIS - The Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences recently recognized several top students for their scholarship and service during the 2002-03 academic year.

Kathleen Freeborn, a senior from Rickreall, received the Burlingham Undergraduate Student of Excellence Award. Sarah Reich, Portland, was named the Capital Press Outstanding Senior in Agriculture. Shannon Claeson, a senior from Kennewick, Wash., received the Savery Outstanding Master's Student Award. And David Waldien, a Ph.D. student in Corvallis, received the Savery Outstanding Doctoral Student Award.

Freeborn is completing bachelor's degrees in agricultural business management, and environmental economics, policy, and management. She was recognized for her exceptional academic achievement and for service to OSU through participation in many collegiate clubs and activities. She plans to return to the family farm following graduation and has plans to attend law school. Her $1,000 cash award is provided by the Burlingham Scholarship fund.

Reich is finishing two bachelor's degrees; one in environmental economics, policy, and management in the College of Agricultural Sciences, and another degree in geography in the College of Science. In addition to her many extracurricular activities, Reich is an OSU Presidential Scholar. She has held several offices in OSU's Policy and Law Society and plans to pursue an OSU master's degree in natural resource economics with the long-term goal of building a career in natural resources conflict resolution. Reich received a $1,000 cash award and a one-year subscription to the Capital Press.

Claeson is working towards a master's degree in fisheries science. Her master's research project is an investigation of the importance of salmon carcasses to the aquatic food webs in forested ecosystems.

Waldien, from Rogue River, is working toward a Ph.D. in wildlife science. His graduate research focuses on how various forestry management practices affect small forest mammals. To date, he has authored or co-authored scholarly publications in several journals including Northwest Sciences, the Journal of Wildlife Management, the Wildlife Society Bulletin, and the Northwest Naturalist.

The Savery Outstanding Master's and Doctoral Student awards, are given by the Agricultural Research Foundation and recognize graduate students whose research benefits Oregon agriculture and natural resources. As winners of the master's and doctoral student awards, Claeson and Waldien each received a $1,000 cash prize.

Named to the College of Agricultural Sciences' Registry of Distinguished students were:

Kathleen Unger

Koa Tom

Jennifer Wade

Laura Barth

Kristine Reid

Kaylea Foster and Erika DuVal

Karl Schilke

Darrelle King

Matthew Gunn

Brent Fujimoto

Lewis Barnett

James Zanzot

Author: Bob Rost
Source: Thayne Dutson