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The Dr. Charles O Gardner Excellence Fund

The Dr. Charles O Gardner Excellence Fund

Dr. Charles (Charlie) Olda Gardner led the world to a greater understanding of crop genetics while mentoring and inspiring a generation of plant geneticists at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. In addition to his tremendous influence in quantitative genetics in plant improvement, Dr. Gardner was also an invaluable source of information for applied statistics, experimental design, and plant breeding.

Despite all his research success, Dr. Gardner will be best remembered for his contributions to teaching by his students and the many visiting scientists, postdoctorates, and associates he worked closely with throughout his tenure at UNL. He helped many young scientists launch careers in plant breeding, instilling in them his values of hard work, fairness, accuracy, and integrity.

The Dr. Charles O. Gardner Excellence Fund is a tangible way to honor Dr. Gardner’s many contributions to the field of quantitative genetics and plant breeding and his positive influence on so many of today’s plant breeders. This endowed fund will help expand and strengthen the department of agronomy and horticulture, with an emphasis on corn research. When combined with other university initiatives, the Gardner Excellence Fund will provide critical, flexible support that will contribute practical solutions to addressing the world’s issues around food, fuel, fiber, and water.

The primary use of the Dr. Charles O. Gardner Excellence Fund will be to provide fellowships for graduate students, postdoctorates, and visiting scholars working at the intersection of genetics, statistics, genomics, and breeding. The Gardner Fellowship will serve as an incentive to attract the best and brightest students in these areas to UNL. “Gardner Fellows” will honor Dr. Gardner’s contributions to the industry by personifying his commitment to hard work and educational excellence while advancing innovation through the application of computational biology to plant science.In addition to fellowships, the Dr. Charles O. Gardner Excellence Fund may be used to support two other areas related to quantitative genetics and plant breeding.


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Craig Buescher

Craig Buescher

Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources
402-458-1139 direct
800-432-3216 toll free
craig.buescher@nufoundation.org
Craig grew up in South Central Nebraska on a diversified farm and livestock operation. Craig graduated from the University of Nebraska with an animal science degree and worked at Senek Swine Testing Station, the Meat Animal Research Center before operating his own diversified farming operation near Deweese for more 30 years.
Doug Carr

Doug Carr

Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources
402-458-1160 direct
800-432-3216 toll free
doug.carr@nufoundation.org
Doug is a graduate of University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Journalism and Mass Communications. He joined the University of Nebraska Foundation in 2017 and has extensive experience in video production, advertising, sales and marketing, primarily in the field of agribusiness. Doug’s fundraising efforts are focused on the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Josh Egley

Josh Egley

Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources
402-458-1202 direct
800-432-3216 toll free
josh.egley@nufoundation.org
Josh has been with the foundation since 2008. He has a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Josh's experience at UNL was very positive and working at the foundation allows him to help make that same experience available to other students. It also allows him to give back to his alma mater.
Barbara Soderlin

Barbara Soderlin

Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources
402-458-1176 direct
800-432-3216 toll free
barbara.soderlin@nufoundation.org
Barbara joined the University of Nebraska Foundation in 2018 following a career as a newspaper reporter and editor. She worked for several papers, including the Omaha World-Herald, where she covered agribusiness, food production and the grocery business, communicating the story of Nebraska’s ag economy to readers. Barbara holds degrees in English and journalism.
 
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