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Maria Navarro accepted the New Teacher Award from the USDA

Maria Navarro

Maria Navarro, an associate professor in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, recently accepted the New Teacher Award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture as part of the National Awards Program for Excellence in College and University Teaching in Food and Agricultural Sciences. Navarro was one of two early-career agriculture professors to receive the award at a meeting of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities in Denver, Colo. Navarro’s courses, including one titled “Reflections on Fighting Hunger and International Agriculture Development,” have attracted students from many disciplines across UGA and caused them to think differently about agriculture.

The USDA New Teacher Award recognizes undergraduate professors who demonstrate “sustained, meritorious and exceptional teaching” and who have been teaching for less than seven consecutive years.