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Plant Sciences Professor Receives Excellence in Teaching Award

North Dakota State University Department of Plant Sciences professor Senay Simsek was awarded the 2019 Excellence in Teaching Award by the Cereals and Grains Association at their annual meeting November 3-5.
Plant Sciences Professor Receives Excellence in Teaching Award

Simsek receiving her award (photo by Cereals & Grains Association)

November 21, 2019

The Cereals and Grains Association, formerly known as American Association of Cereal Chemists International (AACCI), has awarded the 2019 Excellence in Teaching Award to Senay Simsek, Bert L. D'Appolonia Cereal Science and Technology of Wheat Endowed Professor in hard red spring wheat end quality at North Dakota State University. The award is annually presented to a Cereals and Grains Association member and teacher who has made significant contributions through teaching in the field of cereal science and technology. Simsek was recognized during the Cereals and Grains Association Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado, November 3-5, 2019.

Simsek has great passion for teaching and has taught cereal and food science students for the past thirteen years. She teaches Fundamentals of Flour Testing and Baking, Carbohydrate Chemistry and Advanced Cereal and Food Chemistry in the NDSU cereal science graduate program. In addition, Simsek advises graduate students, teaching them how to succeed in their careers as cereal scientists. She also helps students develop their communication skills by making opportunities available to give oral and poster presentations at local, national and international meetings.

Simsek earned her Ph.D. in Food Science from Purdue University in 2006. Currently, she directs the hard red spring wheat quality and carbohydrate chemistry research activities at NDSU. She has authored and co-authored hundreds of research papers and conference contributions in the area of wheat quality, mycotoxin analysis and carbohydrate chemistry.

The Cereals and Grains Association annual meeting provides continuing education and networking opportunities for cereal scientists. AACCI is also recognized as the scientific authority for worldwide regulatory agencies, which allows for timely and expert advice and recommendations when grain industry issues arise. Nearly 2500 global scientists and food industry professionals are members of the Cereals and Grains Association.

Read more about NDSU student, faculty and research staff participation in the 2019 Cereals and Grains Association annual meeting at

Author: Senay Simsek, 701.231.7737,
Editor: Kamie Beeson, 701.231.7123,

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