Ekrem Ozlu named Future Leaders in Science Award recipient

Ekrem Ozlu, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Soil Science, has earned the 2018 Future Leaders in Science Award in recognition of his interest and engagement in science advocacy. The award is presented annually by the American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) and Soil Science Society of America (SSSA). Award winners receive a trip to Washington, D.C. to participate in the annual ASA, CSSA, and SSSA Congressional Visits Day on March 8, where they will meet with their members of Congress and advocate for food, agriculture and natural resources research.

Ozlu is in the Soil Science program with double minoring in Geography and Statistics, focusing on carbon stabilization and feedback mechanisms to soil physical structure under the direction of Dr. Francisco Arriaga. He received his B.S. in Soil Science and Plant Nutrition (2011) from the Ataturk University, Turkey and his M.S. in Plant Science emphasizing in Soil Biophysics (2016) from South Dakota State University. Ekrem received ACS leadership conference award in 2015. Mr. Ozlu have served on the ACS Grad Committee since 2015, ACS Grad Leadership Sub-committees for 2016 and 2017(Chair), and as a grad student web-editor for and for 2017. Ekrem Ozlu is currently serving as 2018 Vice-chair of ACS Grad Committee (Chair of 2019) and he is currently a member of 2019 SSSA Early Career Task Force, SSSA Graduate Student Committee, SSSA International Soil Science Award Committee, and SSSA The Profile Moderators Committee.

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