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The Honor Society of Agriculture

South Dakota Chapter

The mission of the South Dakota Chapter of the Honor Society of Agriculture (Gamma Sigma Delta) is to promote and recognize high standards of scholarship and achievement in all branches of agricultural science and education. This mission is accomplished by:

  • Recognizing high standards of scholarship and leadership in agriculture and related sciences;
  • Encouraging high quality achievement, professional ethics and service of those entering into and working in agricultural and related sciences, and;
  • Rendering service that will promote understanding of the agricultural sectors.
New Initiates 2021: Front row:  J. Chang (faculty), Shayanti Ming (graduate student), Ruchika Kashyap (graduate student), Mary Nold (undergraduate), Johnna Jorgensen (graduate student) Adalaide Klein (graduate student), Taylor Andrews (graduate student) 2nd row:  Ryan Samuel (faculty), Lydia Meredith (undergraduate), Alex Kelly (graduate student), Shannon Dierking (graduate student), Sadie VanderWal (undergraduate), Murray Perkins (undergraduate)
2021 New Initiates. Front row: J. Chang (faculty), Shayanti Ming (graduate student), Ruchika Kashyap (graduate student), Mary Nold (undergraduate), Johnna Jorgensen (graduate student) Adalaide Klein (graduate student), Taylor Andrews (graduate student)
2nd row: Ryan Samuel (faculty), Lydia Meredith (undergraduate), Alex Kelly (graduate student), Shannon Dierking (graduate student), Sadie VanderWal (undergraduate), Murray Perkins (undergraduate)

Officers

  • President: Srinivas Janaswamy
  • Vice President: Crystal Levesque
  • Secretary: Johnna Jorgensen
  • Treasurer: Sandy Smart
  • Historian: Vacant
  • Past President: Rosie Nold
  • Webmaster:  Madhav Nepal

Gamma Sigma Delta 2021 Awardees 

  • Faculty and Staff Awards

Photo of Crystal Levesque – with GSD Excellence in Research Award
GSD Research Award - Dr. Crystal Levesque, Department of Animal Science
 Photo of Douglas Prairie, Instructor Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
Teaching Award - Douglas Prairie, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
Photo of Sara Bauder  with GSD Excellence in Extension Award
Excellence in Extension Award - Sara Bauder, Department of Agronomy, Horticulture & Plant Science 
Mary Christensen – GSD Honorary Service Award
Honorary Service Award - Dr. Mary Christensen, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences

CAFES Distinguished Alumnus - Dr. Dan Gee, Professor Emeritus, Animal Science

Past Awardees 

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Student Poster Awards 

  DepartmentFaculty Mentor
Undergraduate Category   
Riley Mounsdon, 1st  Natural Resource Management Lan Xu, Sandy Smart
Madison Kovarna, 2nd  Animal Science Rosie Nold
Jessica Kading, 3rd  Natural Resource Management Lan Xu
Graduate Category (M.S.)   
Ratul Kalita, 1st  Dairy and Food Science Sanjeev Anand
Adalaide Kline, 2nd  Animal Science A. Perry
Talia Everding, 3rd  Animal Science Crystal Levesque
Graduate Category (Ph.D.)   
Christian Ramirez Camba, 1st  Animal Science Crystal Levesque
Ruchika Kashyap, 2nd  Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science Febina Mathew
Ajoy Saha, 3rd  Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering John McMaine

Award Descriptions and Nominations 

  • Faculty Award for Teaching
    • Innovative methods for teaching and student engagement
    • Excellence in academic advising
    • Accomplishment in the scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL)
    • Mentorship of undergraduate students in research projects (outreach, research, etc.)
    • Teaching diverse audiences and/or creating an appreciation for diversity within the classroom
  • Faculty Award for Research
    • Innovative research pursuit or advancement of the field
    • Successful grantsmanship
    • Excellence in refereed journal articles or other scholarly output or broader impacts
    • Special recognition for research (invited presentations, student awards, etc.)
  • Faculty Award for Extension/Service
    • Development of a signature outreach/education program
    • Significant contributions to dissemination (Extension and  other scholarly publications)
    • Reaching diverse audiences and/or establishment of learning communities
  • Honorary Service Award
    • This award recognizes a person in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences who demonstrates significant contributions to accomplish the missions of CAFES.
    • Support for the GSD mission in South Dakota
  • Nominations are due April 1 and include:
    • 1 page nomination letter highlighting the achievements of the individual
    • An appropriate vita of no more than 4 pages documenting the contributions of the individual in their teaching, research, Extension, or service
    • 1-page statement written by the candidate about the category of nomination

Documents and Forms


National/International Awards

  • Grant Awards

    • GSD International Chapter Enrichment Grant 2016 (funded, lead by Dr. Madhav Nepal)
    • GSD International Chapter Enrichment Grant 2015 (funded, lead by Dr. Rebecca Bott)
  • Distinguished Achievement in Agriculture Awards

    • Dr. Alexander “Sandy” Smart – 2020
    • Dr. Sharon Clay – 2017
  • Chapter Awards

    • Gold Chapter – 2019
    • New Activity Award – 2016
    • Gold Chapter – 2016
    • Silver Chapter – 2015

 Webmaster: Madhav Nepal