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Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Awards and Funding

The ABE department has a long history of honoring our outstanding students, staff, faculty, and alumni through awards and recognitions. Many of these awards are made possible by generous donations for which we are extremely grateful.

If you are interested in contributing to one of these awards or establishing a new award, please contact Kati Migliaccio (klwhite@ufl.edu).

Undergraduate Departmental Awards

Florida Section ASABE Scholarship

The Florida Section ASABE Scholarship supports Agricultural and Biological Engineering or Agricultural Operations Management majors. This award is granted based on scholarship and professional potential.

Offered every semester.

Application Deadline:

How to Apply: TBD

Rush Choate Endowed Scholarship

This is a scholarship for students pursuing a degree in Agriculture, Forest Resources, and Conservation or Agricultural Engineering. Awards are granted for scholarship and professional potential.

Offered every semester.

Application Deadlines

How to Apply: TBD

John B. Boy/U.S. Sugar in Agricultural Engineering Scholarship

The John B. Boy/U.S. Sugar in Agricultural Engineering Scholarship supports annual scholarships in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering for students who are U.S. and Florida residents, needy and junior standing with a minimum GPA of 2.6. Recipients will be offered opportunities for cooperative employment during the Fall or Spring semester; employment after graduation.

Application Deadlines:

How to Apply: TBD

Taiwan R.O.C. Fund

This fund is a support program in IFAS regarding application techniques relating to remote sensing, Geographic Information Systems, and Global Positioning Systems.

Application Deadline: TBD

How to Apply: TBD


Bob and Virginia Peart Scholarship

The Bob and Virginia Peart Scholarship is a support scholarship for Agricultural Operations Management students only in Agricultural & Biological Engineering.

Offered every semester.

Application Deadlines:

How to Apply: TBD

Giles and Martha Van Duyne Scholarship

The Giles and Martha Van Duyne Scholarship is a scholarship for students in the Agricultural and Biological Engineering department.

Offered every semester.

Application Deadlines:

How to Apply: TBD

Sun Fu "Tony" Shih Scholarship

This scholarship supports Agricultural and Biological Engineering and Agricultural Operations Management majors at UF.

Offered every semester.

Application Deadlines:

How to Apply: TBD

Allen G. Smajstrla Scholarship

The Allen G. Smajstrla Scholarship is for undergraduate Agricultural and Biological Engineering or Agricultural Operations Management students interested in water resources at UF.

Offered every semester.

Application Deadlines:

How to Apply: TBD

Michael V. Thomas Student Enrichment Endowment

The Michael V. Thomas Student Enrichment Endowment awards to upper-division undergraduates and graduates in Agricultural and Biological Engineering for international learning in environmentally sound agriculture; 1) study abroad, 2) study tour, and/or 3) travel awards.

Applicants must have at least two semesters of foreign language credits, additional languages preferred.

Application Deadline: TBD

How to Apply: TBD


Packaging Education Forum Endowment

The Packaging Education Forum Endowment supports the Packaging Science Program in IFAS' Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering to attract and provide for superior students, to help carry fundamental research in Packaging Science, and to deliver educational programs that meet resident and industry standards.

Application Deadline: TBD

How to Apply: TBD


Gerald W. and Phyllis J. Isaacs Scholarship Endowment

The Gerald W. and Phyllis J. Isaacs Scholarship Endowment supports undergraduate students specializing in Biological Engineering or Agricultural Operations Management in the College's Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering.

Application Deadline: TBD

How to Apply: TBD


Allen R. Overman Memorial Scholarship Endowment

This scholarship supports Agricultural and Biological Engineering students.

Application Deadline: TBD
How to Apply: TBD


College Awards


Attributes of a Gator Engineer Award

Per HWCOE Website:

"Established in 2010 as part of the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering’s centennial celebration, the Attributes of a Gator Engineer embody the college’s expectations of all students and faculty. Awards are bestowed upon the undergraduate students and graduate students who best represent each quality.

Creativity: imagination, versatility, artistry, ingenuity, curiosity, resourcefulness
Leadership: entrepreneurial, engaging, effective, professional, visionary, inspiring
Integrity: honest, ethical, hardworking, persistent, drawn to right action
Professional Excellence: technical competence, area expertise, insight, resolve
Service to the Global Community: tolerance, respect, interdependence, cooperation, compassion, expanded awareness of financial, societal, legal and cultural influences"

Nomination Deadline: March 4, 2022
How to Nominate: Visit the Gator Engineering Attribute Award page and complete all required forms.

Graduate Departmental Awards

ABE Graduate Student Mentoring Awards

Awards will be given to student mentors who provided or currently provide at least one of the following: peer-to-peer mentoring of graduate students, mentoring of undergraduate students, or mentoring in a K-12 classroom (working with K-12 students and/or teachers).

Award Requirements:

Submit a completed application by the deadline to include an online application, and a single PDF of CV, Mentoring Philosophy (500-word maximum), and letter of support from an advisor.

Application Deadline: November 1

How to Apply: Please submit applications to the Applicant Submission Portal.

McNair Bostick Scholarship

For Ph.D. graduate students in the UF/IFAS ABE department who are working on modeling and analysis of Agricultural and Natural Resources Systems. This $1500 scholarship is awarded on the basis of scholarship, leadership in the university/community, dedication to the student's career, and high-quality research related to the sustainable management of agricultural and natural resources. 

Only offered for Spring semester.

Application Deadline: October 15

How to Apply: TBD

Ken and Cindy Campbell Graduate Fellowship

The Ken and Cindy Campbell Graduate Student Travel Scholarship was established in 2015 to support graduate students researching water-related issues in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) at the University of Florida/IFAS. Scholarships of up to $1250 are awarded in support of expenses related to travel to research projects, competitions, presentation of a paper at a professional conference with attendance at an academic or professional organizational meeting, and participation in a competitive unpaid internship or workshop.

Only offered for Spring semester.

Application Deadline: October 15

How to Apply: TBD

Southeast Partnership for Advanced Renewables (SPARC) - Graduate Student Oral Competition

Read more about the Southeast Partnership for Advanced Renewables (SPARC), and learn about their mission and impact.

Allen R. Overman Memorial Scholarship Endowment

This scholarship supports Agricultural and Biological Engineering students.

Application Deadline: TBD
How to Apply: TBD


College Awards


UF Graduate School Graduate Student Mentoring Award

Per the Graduate School Awards Page:

"The Graduate Student Mentoring Award (GSMA), coordinated by the Office of Graduate Professional Development (OGPD) within the University of Florida Graduate School, honors notable engagement of graduate students in:

Each year, a GSMA committee of faculty and staff with experience in mentoring chooses six graduate student applicants for one-time awards of $500 each, basing their decisions on the applicants’ academic and professional accomplishments, their mentoring philosophy, their effectiveness as a mentor, and their impact on their mentees’ academic and professional growth."

Application Deadline: March 1, 2022

How to Apply: Instructions listed on the Graduate Student Mentoring Award web page.

ATTRIBUTES OF A GATOR ENGINEER AWARD

Per HWCOE Website:

"Established in 2010 as part of the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering’s centennial celebration, the Attributes of a Gator Engineer embody the college’s expectations of all students and faculty. Awards are bestowed upon the undergraduate students and graduate students who best represent each quality.

Creativity: imagination, versatility, artistry, ingenuity, curiosity, resourcefulness
Leadership: entrepreneurial, engaging, effective, professional, visionary, inspiring
Integrity: honest, ethical, hardworking, persistent, drawn to right action
Professional Excellence: technical competence, area expertise, insight, resolve
Service to the Global Community: tolerance, respect, interdependence, cooperation, compassion, expanded awareness of financial, societal, legal and cultural influences"

Nomination Deadline: March 4, 2022
How to Nominate: Visit the Gator Engineering Attribute Award page and complete all required forms.