Lowell S. Hardin Award for Excellence in International Agriculture
Dr. Bruce Hamaker is
Distinguished Professor, Roy L. Whistler Chair in the Department of Food
Science, and Director of the Whistler Center for Carbohydrate Research. He is a
Fellow of the Institute for Food Technologists (IFT) and has received numerous
other honors in recognition of his scholarship and contributions to industry
Since joining the faculty
at Purdue in 1992, Dr. Hamaker has established himself as one of the leading
scientists for the development and processing of food products and carbohydrate
utilization to enhance human health and address global food security and
sustainability. His record of research scholarship and devotion to students in
the classroom and the laboratory are well known and we celebrate these
In his role as Director
for the Whistler Center, Dr. Hamaker guides training and short course programs
in carbohydrate science and processing for industry giants. His outreach with
these industry giants is leading improved health attributes in foods, making
healthy foods more palatable, and increasing sustainability of food processing
and production. Dr. Hamaker integrates his research discoveries with the
lessons gained from outreach with food processors to address the needs of
stakeholders in some of the most economically and food-challenged parts of the
world in West Africa and Asia. Dr. Hamaker’s projects with USAID in West Africa
have developed models of engagement with small-scale food entrepreneurs that
connect them to both food technology and training as well as business
management advice. Finally, Dr. Hamaker returns the knowledge gained from his
industry and international engagement to the classroom at Purdue. During his
time at Purdue, Dr. Hamaker has taught numerous courses where his research and
engagement directly enhance student learning and experience.
“Dr. Hamaker has demonstrated research
scholarship at the highest levels, and created mechanisms to share the
knowledge he generates,” said Ken Foster, interim head of food science and
professor of agricultural economics. “The impact of these efforts affects
virtually everyone, including farmers, food entrepreneurs in low-income
countries, large multinational food processors, and consumers.”
Please join me in
celebrating this remarkable record of accomplishment and impact by awarding the
2021 Lowell S. Hardin Award for International Activities to Dr. Bruce Hamaker.
View 2021 Ceremony Recording
Award recipients (L to R): Gebisa Ejeta, Thomas Hertel, Jules Janick, Suzanne Nielsen, John Sanders
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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS for the 2020-21 Hardin Award (Open link for PDF)
The office of International Programs in Agriculture (IPIA) invites nominations for the 2020-2021 Excellence in International Agriculture. This award, named in honor of Professor Lowell Hardin, honors the legacy of his contributions to international agriculture, and his many years of service in support of international activities in the Purdue University College of Agriculture. The award recognizes significant contributions of College of Agriculture faculty members to international activities. Faculty members currently serving at any rank in the College of Agriculture are eligible for nomination. The award consists of a plaque and honorarium to be used to further the recipient's international program. Winners will be recognized in a public ceremony and the names of the award winners will be placed on permanent display in the agricultural administration building.
Nominations may focus on innovative and impactful contributions to international excellence in any or all College of Agriculture mission areas including research, teaching, and engagement. The ideal nominee will demonstrate excellence in all three mission areas. Nomination documents should describe clearly and concisely the individual's international contributions and impacts.
The nomination package must include:
- A nomination letter highlighting the nominee's contributions and commitment to international activities;
- Two additional letters of support, including at least one from an international partner or organization; and
- The nominee's curriculum vitae.
It is particularly important that the nomination package describes how the candidate's efforts satisfy the three primary criteria for the award:
- Excellence in international research, teaching and/or engagement (the ideal nominee will demonstrate excellence in all mission areas);
- Global reach and recognition of the individual's program; and
- Noteworthy contributions to improving the human condition.
Nomination packages should be submitted electronically as a single pdf file to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, March 5, 2021 at 5pm. Please place "Hardin Award Nomination" in the subject line.