2019 AFRE Undergraduate Student Award Winners

Congratulations to all of our AFRE undergraduate students who were recognized at the AFRE Student Awards Night on April 16, 2019, at the Kellogg Center

Congratulations to all of our undergraduate students who won awards, scholarships, and recognition for their excellent academic performances, student club engagement and department leadership roles.

These students were honored at the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics Awards Dinner on April 16, 2019, at the Kellogg Center at Michigan State University. Students, faculty, parents, and friends were in attendance, seven outstanding senior awards were presented and nearly $48,000 in scholarships were awarded. 



Outstanding Academic Achievement Award in Agribusiness Management: Grant Gremel

Grant Gremel is an Agribusiness Management senior with a minor in Agronomy/Crop and Soil Sciences with a 3.95 GPA. From Sebewaing, MI, Grant has always been involved in the Michigan State Agronomy Club and FarmHouse Fraternity, while also gaining three internship experiences with Ag Advantage and the Michigan Sugar Company. After graduation, Grant plans to return to his family farm or pursue employment at an agricultural input supplier.





Outstanding Senior Award in Agribusiness Management: Madi Heath

Madison Heath is an Agribusiness Management senior with a minor in Economics. From Milan, MI, Madi has been active in multiple student organizations throughout her time at MSU, notably serving as President of the National Agri-Marketing Association for the last two years. In addition to on-campus activities, Madi has interned at Michigan Agricultural Commodities and Archer Daniels Midland, went on a sustainability study abroad trip to Australia, and has a GPA of 3.85. After graduation, Madi will be working for Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) in Webberville, Michigan as Grain Origination Specialist Trainee.




Outstanding Academic Achievement Award in Environmental Economics and Management: Ben Heinz

Ben Heinz is an Environmental Economics and Management senior from Saginaw, MI. While at Michigan State University, Ben was a part of the Spartan Marching Band for four years, and holds a 3.92 GPA. After graduating in May, he will begin working as a business analyst at Auto Owners Insurance in Lansing, MI.  





Outstanding Academic Achievement Award  and Outstanding Senior in Environmental Economics and Management: Joshua Hatfield

Joshua Hatfield is an Environmental Economics and Management senior graduating with a 3.98 GPA. While at MSU, Josh served on AFRE’s Recruitment & Placement Committee, interned at the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, and worked in the research department of the Michigan Department of Transportation. He attributes his success to the endless support from his family and friends. After graduation, Josh will continue working with MDOT Research while searching for career opportunities.




Environmental and Resource Economics Faculty Award: Keegan Gendron

Keegan Gendron is an Environmental Economics and Management junior with a minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies. From Grand Haven, MI, Keegan has worked as an undergraduate research assistant in AFRE, and participated in UURAF with a research topic in Michigan water quality policy. He recently accepted an internship as a Government and Public Affairs Intern with Consumers Energy in Lansing, MI, and plans to pursue a career that allows him to work with renewable energy and develop sustainable business practices.




Outstanding Academic Achievement Award in Food Industry Management: Ben Arnold

Ben Arnold is a Food Industry Management senior with a minor in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems and a 3.66 GPA. From Harbor Spring, MI, Ben has been a leader of the sailing team and hammocking club at MSU. After graduation in May, Ben will take time to travel, sail, and consider his career opportunities.






Outstanding Senior Award in Food Industry Management: Sarah Lokey

Sarah Lokey is a Food Industry Management senior who transferred from LCC. During her time at MSU, Sarah has interned at SpartanNash and Paramount Coffee,  and has been involved in several student groups including the Food Marketing Association and the National Agri-Marketing Association. Last summer, Sarah studied abroad in China and has traveled frequently  for Agriculture Future of America Conferences. After graduation, Sarah hopes to become a buyer or work in market research within the food industry.



Agribusiness Management

Redmond and Edna Cotter Agribusiness Scholarship: Lauren Heberling, Leta Larsen, Elissa Mutschler, and Brook Vilminot

Kenneth and Eleanor Coulter Scholarship: Lynn Olthof and Mitchell Miller

Harry A. Foster Scholarship: Lauren Voelker

Glynn McBride Farmers Cooperative Scholarship: Aaron Fahrner, Kristin Gardner, Grant Gremel, Darren Kulicamp, Trevor Perry, and Derek VanderHoff

Ceres Solutions Scholarship: Lauren Heberling


Environmental Economics and Management

Ralph and Patricia Hepp Undergraduate Scholarship: Keegan Gendron, Miranda Graleski, Joseph Halberg, Evan Hubble, Holly Pummell, Emma Rice, and Lainey Vandersteene


Food Industry Management

The Jack Allen/Tom Pierson Endowed Scholarship: Matthew Netter

James D. Giannestras Memorial Scholarship: Matthew Netter and Jennifer Pendell

Martin Oglesby Scholarship in Food Industry Management: Jennifer Pendell


Jake and Maxine Ferris Undergraduate Study Abroad Scholarship

Jesus Garcia- Pilar, Tanner Mathy, Holly Pummell. and Paige Reetz


Committees and Teams

Undergraduate Policy Committee Student Representatives: Izzy Morton and Lauren Heberling

Undergraduate Recruitment and Placement Committee:  Joshua Hatfield, Jacob Stehlik, and Brooke Vilminot

2019 National Agri‐Marketing Association Competition Team: Madi Heath, Darren Kulicamp, Laura Livingston, Elissa Mutschler, Cale Veurink, Brooke Vilminot, and Lauren Voelker

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