Excellence in Education Award

This award was initiated in 1988 to recognize outstanding teaching, mentoring, and/or educational outreach in plant biology. It is a monetary award to be made annually in recognition of excellence in teaching, leadership in curricular development, or authorship of effective teaching materials in the science of plant biology.

2018 Winner: Marian D. Quain

Marian D. Quain (CCST CSIR-CRI, Ghana) is recognized for her outstanding contributions to plant biology education, which emphasize biotechnology at the high school, college, and university levels. Marian has developed outreach activities that “train the trainers” in plant biotechnology, molecular biology, and genomics. These heads of schools and departments then train teachers, who, in turn, engage students. Her efforts have brought biotech concepts and hands-on activities to nearly 7,000 people in just over four years. Her goal is “to use every means possible to bridge the knowledge gap in biotechnology and related aspects of science in Ghana and Sub-Saharan Africa.” Marian is well on her way to doing just that!


MariaElena Zavala, Chair (2016-2019)
Marian D. Quain, Past Winner (2018-2019)
Yan Lu (2018-2021)
Sue Wick (2018-2020)
Sylvia Lee, Staff Liaison

Nomination & Deadlines

The Excellence in Education Award will be offered again in 2019. Please check the nominations page in January 2019 to make a nomination.

Past Winners

2017 – Sarah Wyatt
2016 – Candace Galen
2015 – Stan Roux
2014 – Brent Buckner
2013 – Erin Dolan
2012 – Peggy Lemaux
2011 – Mary Williams
2010 – Jane Ellis
2007 – Roger Hangarter
2004 – Susan Singer
2001 – Jon Monroe
1998 – Carol Reiss
1995 – Carl S. Pike
1991 – Paul H. Williams