Awards of the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences
CAAS takes great pride in the standard of excellence it has established for over 100 years. Each year the college recognizes several members who have gone above and beyond the norm to continue to make the college a place of increased quality and merit.
2017-2018 Award Recipients
Master's Student Researcher of the Year - Katie Slebodnik, PSC
Doctoral Student Researcher of the Year - Justine E. Britten, ADVS
Legacy of Utah State - Karthryn Orme, NDVS
Scholar of the Year - Michaela Brubaker, ADVS
Undergraduate Researcher of the Year - Elizabeth Park, ADVS
Kenna McMurray is an advocate for agricultural literacy. She grew up in Logandale, Nevada, where she raised sheep and goats and was president of her local 4-H and FFA chapters. She graduated from Moapa Valley High School in 2013, where she served as captain of the debate team and cross country team, competed in swimming, soccer, and basketball, and played the violin in school and community orchestras.
Kenna has the desire to make the world a better place and is a passionate believer in the future of agriculture. She wants to raise awareness about agricultural issues and to forge links between agricultural and broader public communities. To help her achieve this goal, she chose to attend Utah State and earn a dual major in agricultural communications and journalism, with an emphasis in public relations and a minor in marketing. During her time at USU, she served on the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences Council, participated in undergraduate research, interned in various communication and USU Extension positions, worked as a freelance journalist, and served as president of the Agricultural Communication Club where she had the honor of receiving a national award on behalf of the chapter. She is an avid runner and swimmer and has competed in a triathlon, half marathon, and several other races throughout Utah and Nevada. She was also active in the Logan Institute and served an LDS mission for 18 months in Rostov-na-Donu, Russia, where she gained a deep love for the culture and people of eastern Europe.
Kenna is the second of five children and is the daughter of Sean and Maggie McMurray. She has truly loved her time at Utah State and appreciates the many opportunities she has had to learn and grow. She plans to further her education by pursuing a master’s degree in agricultural extension education in the fall. She is engaged to fellow USU student Taylor Kesler, and excited to be getting married a few weeks after graduation.