Awards & Recognitions


Integrative Precision Ag Conference Poster Competition

M.S. Competition

Grad Students Awarded at 2023 Beltwide Cotton Conference

Agronomy, Physiology, and Soils

  • 2nd: Matt Tucker (advisor: Dr. Virk)

Cotton Engineering Systems

  • 3rd: Amrit Pokhrel (advisors: Dr. Virk & Dr. John Snider)

The winning students are (l-r): Matt Tucker & Amrit Pokhrel.


ASA 2022 Virk and Students

Grad Students Triumph at 2022 ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Annual Meeting

Precision Ag Systems MS Oral Competition

  • 1st: Amrit Pokhrel (co-advisors: Dr. Virk and Dr. Snider)
  • 2nd: Matt Tucker (advisor: Dr. Virk)
  • 3rd: Madan Sapkota (advisor: Dr. Virk)

Precision Ag Systems MS Poster Competition

  • 1st: Madan Sapkota (advisor: Dr. Virk)
  • 2nd: Michael Goodnight (advisor: Dr. Virk)
  • 3rd: Matt Tucker (advisor: Dr. Virk)

The winning students are (l-r): Madan Sapkota, Matt Tucker, Dr. Simer Virk, Michael Goodnight, & Amrit Pokhrel.

Simer Virk

Virk Receives Extension Honors

Simer Virk, Assistant Professor & Extension Precision Ag Specialist, received the Junior Extension Specialist award from the Georgia Association of County Agricultural Agents at their annual meeting held in November in Dalton, Georgia.

Additionally, Dr. Virk’s blog, UGA Precision Ag Extension Blog, was selected as the winner of the Educational and Outreach Material Awards in the Digital Communications category at this year’s American Society of Agronomy (ASA) meeting.

The Educational and Outreach Material Awards are presented by the Extension Education community of the American Society of Agronomy.

Sapkota Awarded 2nd Place

Madan Sapkota placed 2nd in the Graduate Student Poster Competition at the 2022 Annual APRES Meeting in Dallas, TX

Tucker and Pokhrel holding award certificates

Tucker & Pokhrel Named Outstanding Students

Matt Tucker and Amrit Pokhrel were recognized as Outstanding Graduate Students by International Society of Precision Ag at the 2022 International Conference on Precision Agriculture.  

Simer Virk holding Outstanding Reviewer certificate award.

Virk Named Outstanding Reviewer

Simer Virk received an Outstanding Reviewer award from American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers at the Annual International Meeting in Houston, TX.

Virk holding Precision Ag Researcher plaque award.

Virk Named Precision Ag Researcher of the Year

Simer Virk was named the Precision Ag Researcher of the Year at the National Conservation Systems Cotton and Rice Conference in Jonesboro, AR.  

Senior design group holding award.

Senior Design Capstone Team Wins Award

UGA College of Engineering Senior Design Capstone Team advised by Dr. Virk won the Innovative Computerized System of Software Design award at the 2022 COE Capstone Showcase.  

Madison Weekley standing in front of her poster.

Weekley Takes 2nd Place

Madison Weekley, CAES Young Scholar on UGA Tifton campus, and advised by Drs. Virk and Tucker, won second place in the UGA Tifton Young Scholar Poster Competition.