Inaugural BTI Alumni Recognition Awards

by | Apr 12, 2019

The recipients of BTI's inaugural BTI Alumni Recognition awards: Martin de Vos, Parag Mahanti, and Jesse Munkvold.

The recipients of BTI’s inaugural BTI Alumni Recognition awards are Martin de Vos, Parag Mahanti and Jesse Munkvold (left to right). Photos provided.

It is with great enthusiasm and pride that Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) will recognize the first recipients of BTI’s Alumni Recognition Awards during the 2019 PGS Career Symposium on April 26, 2019.

Several highly qualified individuals were nominated for the inaugural awards, and the selection committee underwent considerable deliberation before identifying three early career awardees for the 2019 round.

Congratulations to:

     Martin de Vos, Ph.D.; Jander Lab Alumnus; Keygene NV Program Scientist, Trait Biology

     Parag Mahanti, Ph.D.; Schroeder Lab Alumnus; Assoc. Director – Strategy & Operations at Novartis

     Jesse Munkvold, Ph.D.; Martin Lab Alumnus; DowDupont Agricultural Division Research Scientist/Applied Technologies Group Leader

Please stay tuned on social media and check our website for details on the livestream of the ceremony.

The BTI Alumni Recognition Program celebrates the success of outstanding BTI Alumni and recognizes the foundation provided by their experience at the Institute. BTI Alumni Recognition Awards are intended to honor exceptional individuals and their accomplishments, particularly as they relate to research, education and scientific communication.

Sincere appreciation goes out to everyone who participated in this process. The 2021 award round is now open, and you are encouraged to learn more about this program and submit nominations by visiting or by emailing

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