Awards and Honors

We are a group of dedicated scientists, economists and teachers who go above and beyond expectations everyday. And we take time every year to recognize and honor our team for their effort and commitment to creating solutions that will benefit agriculture and our future.

Jude Bayham presenting awards
Dawn Thilmany

Career Award

Dawn Thilmany

Named AAEA Fellow – Dr. Dawn Thilmany announced as a 2023 Fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.  This recognition acknowledges the highest quality work for professional advancement in, and dissemination of, knowledge about agricultural, development, environmental, food and consumer, natural resource, regional, rural, and associated areas of applied economics and business.  Dawn has provided significant, positive impacts in all of these areas across the pillars of the land-grant mission.  She is so deserving of the AAEA’s most prestigious honor.   

Jude Bayham

Research Award

Jude Bayham

CSU Office of the Vice President for Research 2022 Interdisciplinary Scholarship Individual Award. This honor recognizes Dr. Bayham’s interdisciplinary scholarship that demonstrates the relevance, impact, and breadth of work related to wildfire management and economic epidemiology of COVID-19. Dr. Bayham’s fire relate work has been used to set U.S. Forest Service fire response policy and his COVID work helped the Colorado Governor’s office and the CSU President’s office implement safety practices during the pandemic.

Kellie Enns

Engagement Award

Kellie Enns

The College of Agricultural Sciences recognized Kellie Enns with the 2022 Distinguished Community Engagement Scholarship award based on her long-term record and sustained impact in elevating the role of agricultural education in Colorado. As part of her engagement portfolio, Dr. Enns partnered with the Colorado FFA, the Community College of Colorado System, CSU Extension, and others to build the CoBank Center for Agricultural Education at CSU, to develop 4-H programming, and Cam’s academy that provides agricultural education to K-12 students at Spur, state fairs, rural classrooms, and beyond.

Student Awards 

2023 Farm Foundation Awards Recipients   

Sam Ayoub

Sam will participate in the year-long Scholars Program where she will engage with students across the country on agricultural issues.

Tais de Menezes

Tais was selected as part of the Cultivators program where she will participate in a Round Table meeting.  Both will travel to Savannah Georgia for the Farm Foundation Round Table Meetings. 

DARE Hall of Fame

 In recognition of those individuals with a strong connection to DARE who have made outstanding contributions in their fields. It is the highest honor given by the department and represents the convergence of accomplishment in the lives of our honorees who have: 

  • Attained prominence through their efforts in agricultural and food economics, natural resources, agricultural education and Extension, agribusiness, ag, food or natural resource policy or other related areas of science, business, education or government and public service. 
  • A record of impressive accomplishments which indicate significant achievements and contributions at the state, national and/or international level. 
  • Continued interactions with DARE and the College of Agriculture in student development, community and industry engagement and scholarly programs 

2022 Award Recipients Class of 2022

Lifetime Achievement Award

Tomas Miller | Jennie Hughes Popp | Frank Ward | Susanne Scheierling

Early Career Award

Betty Kibaara

Impacts through Partnership Award

Patricia Champ

Impacts through Partnership Award

Jordan Levi

Hall of Fame Recipients

Hall of Fame –Lifetime Achievement

Dr. Jennie Hughes Popp 

Year(s) of degree PhD, 1997 

  • Professor at U of Arkansas with Key Leadership roles including Associate Dean, Honors College and Academic Chair, Service-Learning Initiative 
  • Area Director of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Sustainability (CARS), where she was selected to be part of the USEPA Farm Ranch and Rural Communities Committee and helped innovate methods for the USEPA and USDA to cooperate to address water quality issues 
  • Mentored numerous young women scholars in Ag Econ, including two who chose CSU DARE for their PhD and are now faculty, Drs. Jada Thompson (U. of Arkansas) and Misti Sharp (U of Florida) 

Frank Ward 

Year(s) of degree 1978, 1975, 1970 (all degrees from CSU) 

  • Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business, New Mexico State University 
  • 2021 Fellow, Western Agricultural Economics Association 
  • Distinguished Achievement Professor of Water Economics and Policy at New Mexico State University. 
  • Two books: Ward, F.A. 2006. Environmental and Natural Resource Economics. Prentice‐Hall. And Ward, F.A. and D.J. Beal. 2000. Valuing Nature with Travel Cost Models. Edward Elgar 

Susanne Scheierling 

Year(s) of degree Ph.D. 1995 

  • Retired from World Bank in September 2019 as Senior Irrigation Economist, Water Global Practice 
  • Helped establish Women in Water Network at the World Bank and continued to co-lead that until her retirement from the World Bank 
  • Dr. Scheierling used her energy, innovation, contacts, and authority to facilitate collaboration among international organizations through international workshops and conferences, initiation of special issues in the professional and policy literature, talks and seminars, and the publication of books and technical/policy papers in leading journals of the profession 

Tomas Miller (deceased) 

Year(s) of degree PhD 1995 

  • Formerly Multilateral Investment Fund, Inter-American Development Bank, Chief of Finance and Administration 
  • His IDB colleagues shared that, “Tomas implemented a strategy at the IDB to: (i) design and fund innovative large-scale programs; and (ii) promote systemic change resulting in the growth of 600 microfinance providers reaching over 10 million low-income clients.” 
  • Dr. Miller is a credit to DARE who used his skills and education to help hundreds of thousands of Latin American agricultural producers and entrepreneurs by developing strong financial institutions and programs targeting small, rural, and female producers and entrepreneurs. 

Hall of Fame-Early Career

Early Career Alumni nominees must be less than 20 years from the receipt of their last degree from CSU. 

Betty Kibaara 

Year(s) of degree 2005 MS Ag Econ 

  • Rockefeller Foundation, Director, Good Food Strategy, leading the Foundations investments in transforming food systems, specifically in innovations on smart food markets for the future and access to nutritious foods through institutional procurement. 
  • Tegemeo Institute of Agricultural Policy and Development, Research Fellow, 2005 – 2009 
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, 2022, African American Institute, September 2022 

Hall of Fame-Impacts through Partnership

Jordan Levi

  • Jordan facilitated Five Rivers Cattle Feeding’s investment in the CSU AgNext effort to study the impact of cattle feeding on the environment and improve the science behind sustainable animal agriculture.
  • Jordan donates his time and money to the department to be involved with teaching AREC 419, the new commodities trading course
  • Jordan’s philanthropy can be seen through the Beef Sticks for Backpacks effort he created.

Patricia Champ

  • US Forest Service Economist for almost thirty years, with the past fifteen years focused on economic issues related to wildfire CSU DARE Faculty affiliate of almost 20 years, commonly guest lecturing for AREC 541/570, serving on numerous search, graduate and other committees in support of the DARE mission and mentoring young women and graduates during an era when there were few women faculty
  • One faculty shared, “Patty Champ is an essential and welcome part of the fabric of our department’s culture, reputation and legacy and an important contributor to our growth and continued success”

Awards and Honors

DARE Faculty, Affiliates, and Students


2022 – Jude Bayham – CSU VPR Interdisciplinary Scholarship Individual Award

2022 – Jesse Burkhardt – CSU SoGES Global Challenges Research Team Project


2022 – Alessandro Bonanno – CAS Faculty Teaching Award for those with less than 10 Years Teaching Experience at CSU

2020 – Amanda Countryman – AAEA Distinguished Teaching Awards – Less than ten years’ teaching experience

2019 Amanda Countryman – Western Ag Economics Association, Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, less than 10 years

Extension and Engagement

2022 – Kellie Enns – CAS Distinguished Community Engagement Scholarship Award

2020 – Becca Jablonski – AAEA Distinguished Extension/Outreach Awards – Less than ten years’ experience

2020 – Becca Jablonski, Dawn Thilmany, Gregory Graff – CSU Empowering Community Engagement Scholarship Award

2019 – Dawn Thilmany and Allie Bauman – AAEA George Goldman Award for Excellence in Regional Economic Development


2023 – Dawn Thilmany – AAEA Fellow

2022 – Hayley Chouinard – WAEA Fellow

2021 – Dawn Thilmany – CAS Nutrien Distinguished Scholar of Agricultural Sciences

2018 – Dawn Thilmany -WAEA Fellow

2014 – John Loomis – AAEA Fellow

2009 – Dana Hoag – WAEA Fellow

2004 – John Loomis – WAEA Fellow 

Graduate Students

2022 – Hailey Edmondson – Food Distribution Research Society Richardson-Applebaum Outstanding Graduate Award for Best M.S. Thesis

2022 – Siddharth Kishore – CSU International Programs Global Impact Award

2021 – Justine Schoenbacher – CAS Charles N. Shepardson Graduate Student Teaching Award

2021 – Gal Koss – John Loomis Outstanding Thesis Award

2021 – Salvador Lurbe – John Loomis Outstanding Dissertation Award

2020 – Jenny Bennett – College of Agricultural Sciences MS Teaching Award

2020 – Partyoosh Kashyap  – CSU Graduate Student Council Visual Arts Top Scholar

2019 – Chad Christenson – The Charles M. Tiebout Prize in Regional Science, Graduate MS paper

2019 – Pratyoosh Kashyap – CSU VPR Distinction in Creativity

Undergraduate Students

2019 Haley Dallas – CAS Charles N. Shepardson Student Leadership Award