The award recognizes faculty whose creative accomplishments help to fulfill the land-grant mission of addressing state and national needs through teaching, research, or Extension. The awardee is selected based creative achievements in research, teaching, or Extension that contribute to solving practical problems that ultimately enhance production and profit in agriculture.
Boyer’s programs focus on food safety including routes of fruit contamination and the evaluation of anti-microbial agents. She has been the advisor to numerous graduate students, participates in the OMALS program, is active in professional societies, and has authored numerous reviewed Extension, research, and technical publications. She has been very active in the area of training and program development and her Extension activities have had a high level of impact.
She has received the outstanding recent alumni award in Food Science and the first place Food Safety award from the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. She is active in professional service at the departmental, college, and university levels and is respected by her co-workers and throughout the state for her commitment to all three land-grant mission areas.
In addition to a plaque Boyer received a $2,000 award, plus an additional $2,000 in operating funds.