Friends of Southern IPM

2021 Nominations are now closed.



Each year, the Southern IPM Center recognizes those with extraordinary potential to contribute to the development and implementation of research, extension, or implementation of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in the Southern region of the United States. 

The award program generally gets submissions from college deans, department heads, and other administrative personnel who are not usually involved directly in IPM programs but may interact or supervise students or faculty who are involved in IPM research or extension.


The award categories are as follows:


The 6 professional award categories are open to anyone in the region demonstrating excellence in the field of IPM.


Bright Idea (research oriented or new idea)

IPM Implementer (someone who practices IPM in the real world)

IPM Educator (Extension or teacher)

Pulling Together (group)

Future Leader (young professional)

Lifetime Achievement (seasoned professional)


Graduate Student




The graduate student award, in addition to a public presentation of the award, comes with a sizable monetary award. The winning Masters student receives $2,000, and the winning doctoral student receives $3,000. Each department may nominate up to 3 Masters students and up to 3 Ph.D. students.


Click the boxes below to access the request for nominations according to the category:

Download Professional Call for Nominations Here

Download Graduate Student Call for Nominations Here

Past Friends of IPM Recipients

Student and professional award recipients are invited to participate in future award panels to assist with selection of new winners.




Bright Idea: Jawwad Qureshi, University of Florida (ENT)

IPM Implementer:  Dini Miller, Virginia Tech (ENT)

IPM Educator:  Raghuwinder (Raj) Singh, Louisiana State University (PLP)

Future Leader: Lauren Diepenbrock, University of Florida (ENT)

Lifetime Achievement:  Michael Merchant, Texas A&M University (ENT)


Graduate Student

Masters: Shelly Pate, UT Knoxville

Doctoral: Seth Dorman, Virginia Tech



Bright Idea: Bhabesh Dutta, UGA (Plant Pathology)

IPM Implementer: Phillip M. Roberts, UGA (ENT)

IPM Educator: Jim Walgenbach, NCSU (ENT)

Pulling Together: One nomination received was not recommended for the award.

Future Leader: David Coyle, Clemson (Forestry)

Lifetime Achievement: Timothy Brenneman, UGA (Plant Pathology)


Graduate Student

Masters: Matthew A. Borden, University of Florida

Doctoral: Lina Bernaola, Louisiana State University