ASPB-Pioneer Hi-Bred Graduate Student Fellowship

This award, made possible by the generosity of Pioneer Hi-Bred International, recognizes and encourages innovative graduate research and innovation in areas of plant biology that relate to important commodity crops. One $22,000 fellowship will be given annually from 2010 through 2013, with an additional $1,000 awarded for the recipient to attend the ASPB annual meeting in the year of their award. Each nominee must attend a U.S.-accredited college or university and must demonstrate interest in the study of plant biology or a related discipline. Each nominee must be a Ph.D. candidate—i.e., have successfully passed their preliminary examinations, must demonstrate an excellent academic record, and must be a member of ASPB. An individual may receive this prize only once.

Rachel Egger

2013 Winner: Rachel Egger

Rachel Egger (Stanford University) is the 2013 recipient of this fellowship; she is a PhD student studying maize anther development in Virginia Walbot’s laboratory. Rachel’s dissertation research focuses on understanding the mechanisms that regulate asymmetric cell division, a critical event in anther patterning and pollen formation.


There is currently no committee for this award since the funding has expired.

Nominations & Deadlines

This award is not currently taking nominations since funding for this award has expired.

Past Winners

ASPB-Pioneer Hi-Bred Graduate Student Fellowship

2013 – Rachel Egger
2012 – Jessica Rutkoski
2011 – Jacqueline Benson
2010 – Ashley Galant

ASPB-Pioneer Hi-bred International Graduate Student Prize

2009 – Elliott Heffner, Justin McGrath, Justin Walley
2008 – Colleen Doherty, Tracie Hennen-Bierwagen, Charles Hunter III, Michael Grillo, Ajay Sandhu
2007 – Nicola Harrison-Lowe
2006 – Kateri Duncan, Andrea Eveland, Charles Stewart, Jr.