Below is a bio for McNamee provided as part of ASA’s announcement of the honor:
McNamee studies irrigation methods to conserve water in Central Wisconsin. She finds working on applied science, science communication and collaborating with people incredibly rewarding. She plans to harness these passions through a career in agricultural extension or in a technical advisory role in the public sector. McNamee is fascinated by soil water dynamics, plant growth, and farmer decision making, and ultimately aims to help reshape the food system in a positive way. Over the course of her Ph.D., she has been involved in several organizations and initiatives to increase science accessibility, build community among graduate students, and advocate for science-driven policy.
The purpose of the Nelson Yield-Limiting Factors Graduate Student Scholarship is to encourage students to pursue research and careers in support of the diagnosis of yield-limiting factors in agronomy. The focus of the scholarship is on leadership and accomplishments and the nominee’s long-term personal goals to research and develop improved diagnostic techniques and solutions to yield-limiting factors in agronomy. The scholarship is provided through the Agronomic Science Foundation by the Werner L. Nelson Fund and administered through the American Society of Agronomy.
For more information on the 2020 awards, including award descriptions, visit: www.agronomy.org/awards/view.