UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
Joe Shakal, chair of the Agricultural Engineering Technology Department at UW-River Falls, presents senior Lindsey Murry with the 2019 ASABE Agricultural Engineering Undergraduate Student of the Year Award.
April 4, 2019 – University of Wisconsin-River Falls senior Lindsey Murry has been named the 2019 Agricultural Engineering Undergraduate Student of the Year by the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE). Murry, of Mosinee, will be the first graduate of the agricultural engineering program at UW-River Falls when she walks across the stage to receive her diploma next month.
“Receiving this award is truly an honor and a very humbling experience. It is also the best way to end my undergraduate college career,” said Murry. “I am forever grateful for choosing to attend UWRF.”
Murry has been able to maintain a nearly perfect 4.0 GPA while being engaged in a variety of extracurricular activities. She was a member of the first Falcon robotics team which took 5th place in their division at their first ever competition during the ASABE Annual Meeting last summer in Detroit.
Volunteering for youth activities has been important to Murry. She taught figure skating to children at the UW-River Falls Hunt Ice Arena all four year she has been on campus. She helped coach one of the FIRST LEGO League teams at the local middle school and assisted with the high school Science Olympiad event on campus.
Murry’s experience on an undergraduate research project set the course for her future. She worked with Agricultural Engineering Technology Assistant Professor Matthew Digman to investigate the impact that tedding has on the quality of alfalfa used for silage production. That research experience, which was part of a McNair Scholars program, along with encouragement from the faculty, led her to consider furthering her education. Murry will be heading to Iowa State University this summer to begin working on her Ph.D. in agricultural and biosystems engineering.
“Lindsey has expressed interest in outreach and teaching and I look forward with great interest and high expectations in seeing her career develop,” said Digman.
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