Call for Applications and Nominations: Warkentin Prize

Benno Warkentin

Professor Benno P. Warkentin


The PRSSS is now accepting nominations and applications for the 2016 Warkentin Prize, presented in memory of Professor Benno P. Warkentin.

Professor Benno P. Warkentin affirmed that human society co-evolved in harmony with the vital soil. An alumnus of the University of British Columbia (BSA), Washington State University (MS in soil fertility), and Cornell University (PhD in soil physics), Dr. Warkentin was a professor at McGill University from 1957-1978, and then served as the head of soil science and director of the Water Resource Initiative at Oregon State University. He believed that human development and progress was shaped by understanding, working with, and caring for the soil, and was convinced that the pursuit of soil science would ensure the future of human society. His great involvement on over 40 committees, boards, panels, or organizations, including the Canadian Society of Soil Science, and his inspiring work, which includes editing the book Footprints in the Soil: People and Ideas in Soil History, are a testament to his passion.

The Warkentin Prize is in recognition of his vision and passion and will be awarded to a student, or recent graduate (within the past two years), who has published a peer-reviewed article (within the past two calendar years) that focused on soil science.

The PRSSS will receive nominations and applications from members of the Pacific Regional Society of Soil Science or the Canadian Society of Soil Science.

To apply or nominate someone else, please send a link or copy of the peer-reviewed article and a statement letter of how the article contributes to soil science values to: prsssemail (at) gmail (dot) com.

The  $500 Warkentin Prize will be awarded at the PRSSS Annual General Meeting, which is on Tuesday, May 17th from 18:30-19:30 in Kamloops, BC, part of the CSSS-PRSSS conference held from May 14th to 19th.


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