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 and society.

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 accomplishments today.

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:

  1. A nomination letter highlighting the nominee's contributions and commitment to international activities;
  2. Two additional letters of support, including at least one from an international partner or organization; and
  3. 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:

  1. Excellence in international research, teaching and/or engagement (the ideal nominee will demonstrate excellence in all mission areas);
  2. Global reach and recognition of the individual's program; and
  3. Noteworthy contributions to improving the human condition.

Nomination packages should be submitted electronically as a single pdf file to ipia@purdue.edu by Friday, March 5, 2021 at 5pm. Please place "Hardin Award Nomination" in the subject line.

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