Recent ACU alum earns only praise from peanut gallery

Posted July 30, 2010

ACU grad Dylan Wann ('08) recently was recognized as one of the nation's top peanut researchers. Earlier this week, the National Peanut Board awarded him the coveted 2010 Dr. George Washington Carver Award for his research on the legume.

The award, which commemorates America's foremost peanut researcher, is given annually to an undergraduate or graduate student who has made "a positive, measurable impact on peanut cultivation or peanut product development and who shows strength of character through community involvement and service," according the NPB website.

"I am so proud of Dylan, not just for his amazing professional accomplishments, but for his reasons for pursuing a graduate degree," says Dr. Foy Mills, chair of ACU's Department of Agricultural and Environmental Science. "His dream is to use his professional training in sustainable agricultural systems to serve people in the name of Jesus in developing countries around the globe. I can't think of a better result of the education we deliver than preparing our students to think critically, globally and missionally."

After his graduation from ACU, Wann went on to study in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at the University of Georgia. There, his award-winning research focused on improving the sustainability of peanut production in the Southeast.

For his work with the peanut, Wann was presented with a $1,000 award and plaque at the 2010 gathering of the American Peanut Research & Education Society in Clearwater, Fla. The University of Georgia will also receive $1,000.

Wann was honored earlier this year when he won the Graduate Student Oral Presentation competition in his field of Crops and Soil Sciences at the 2010 Southern Regional Branch of the American Society of Agronomy in Orlando, Fla. He also placed second against stiff competition for the Joe Sugg Graduate Student Award, a graduate student paper competition at the American Peanut Research and Education Society annual meeting.

"Dylan's success is one example of many of A&E graduates excelling in graduate and professional schools," says Mills. "From our students' 100% acceptance rate to schools of veterinary medicine to numerous students receiving full rides to study in premier graduate programs across the U.S., this is further proof that our students compete exceptionally well."

Learn more about exceptional students in ACU's Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences here.


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