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  • CALS Outstanding Senior: Kristin Frick and Will McGuirk
  • CALS Outstanding Ambassador: Hannah Burton and Issac Turpin
  • CALS Comeback Award: Rebekah Olson
  • CALS Global Visionary: Phoebe Pyles
  • Graduate Alumni Achievement: Owen Wagner
  • Honorary Alumni: Wilmer Stoneman
  • VT Grad School Outstanding Master's Thesis: Maguette Sembene
  • SAEA MS Thesis: Samantha Rippley
  • AAEA Distinguished Teaching Award – Graduate Teaching 10+ years:  Dixie Watts Dalton
  • NACTA Graduate Student Teaching Award: Armine Poghosyan
  • Purdue University awarded Matthew T. Holt, AAEC professor and department head, with the 2024 College of Agriculture Distinguished Agriculture Alumni Award.
  • Excellence in Teaching Spotlight by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Virginia Tech spotlighted Mike Ellerbrock, Professor and Undergraduate Co-Director, with a spotlight highlighting his achievements.
  • Chanit'a Holmes, assistant professor, was selected as a Fellow for the 2024 Global Opportunity Initiative.  The initiative is built around “community-engaged research and outreach for impact.”
  • Award recognition from the Southern Agricultural Economics Association
    • Outstanding thesis award winner: Samantha Rippley “Land use on the urban fringe” Advisor Susan E. Chen
    • Job Market Paper:
      • 2nd place - Armine Poghosyan “Examining the Role of Agro-Environmental Conditions in Vulnerability to Poverty in Niger.” Elinor Benami
      • 3rd place - Chenyang Hu "Nate" “Improving Ecosystem Services from US Agriculture: Yield Reserve vs. Land Retirement.” Darrell Bosch, Wei Zhang
    • Maguette Sembene, Ph.D. candidate, won the Virginia Tech Graduate School’s “Outstanding Thesis Award” in the “Social Science, Business, Education, and Humanities” category

Melissa Vidmar, Communications and Marketing Manager