Presented to a UT AgResearch faculty or professional staff member whose efforts have had a profound effect on improving efficiency, sustainability, and/or economic viability of the food and fiber industry or rural areas in Tennessee. Emphasis is on the impact that an employee’s efforts in research and technology development have had on UT AgResearch clients. Additional evidence of this impact may include:
• Leadership of team research.
• Consolidation of multidisciplinary research into meaningful systems.
• Innovative individual research.
• Effective communication of research to clients.
• Implementation/adoption of research findings by clients.
Presented to a young scientist who possesses the aptitude, judgment, drive, and interpersonal skills to have an outstanding and productive career as an agricultural scientist. Factors considered include:
• Productivity as a teacher as evidenced by the views of peers and students.
• Productivity as evidenced by publication record.
• That he/she addressed varied clientele of UT AgResearch by publishing not only peer-reviewed journal articles, but also producing publications, popular press, field day presentations, etc., for agricultural and general public audiences .
• Quality of scientific effort.
• That he/she has interpersonal skills to assist in formulating and fostering departmental programs.
Presented to professional and technical staff members for their outstanding service accomplishments in support of the AgResearch and Education Centers’ mission. Criteria for selecting professional staff members include leadership, initiative, and professionalism. Criteria for selecting technical and support staff members include reliability, initiative, and productivity.
The J.E. Moss Award is presented in memory of J.E. and Ann Moss. It recognizes excellent achievement in research for the Institute of Agriculture. Awards are selected by the deans of AgResearch in consultation with the UTIA senior vice president and senior vice chancellor. These individuals demonstrate research excellence and collegiality in their field of research.