Awards for Research Excellence

From left, Dean Alan Grant, Jeffrey Derr, Igor Sharakhov, and Saied Mostaghimi.

Two scientists in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences received the college’s annual Award for Research Excellence for their significant accomplishments within their fields.
Jeffrey Derr, professor of plant pathology, physiology, and weed science and Virginia Cooperative Extension weed specialist, was presented with the 2012 Award for Excellence in Applied Research.

Igor Sharakhov, associate professor of entomology, received the 2012 Award for Excellence in Basic Research.

“The work that Drs. Derr and Sharakhov conduct illustrates how the combination of intellectual curiosity and a sharp mind can make a difference — not only in scientific research, but in the world at large,” said Saied Mostaghimi, associate dean for research and graduate studies.