Karen Ann-Kuenzel Moldenhauer, Ph.D.

Title: Professor
Company: University of Arkansas
Location: Stuttgart, Arkansas, United States

Karen Ann-Kuenzel Moldenhauer, Ph.D., Professor at the University of Arkansas, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in agriculture and higher education.

Influenced to delve into the field of agriculture as an undergraduate botany student, Dr. Moldenhauer has experienced a fruitful 36-year long career. She has been serving as a professor at the University of Arkansas since 1992, having simultaneously held the role of chair of variety development since 2002, and interim director of the Rice Reserve and Extension Center in the Division of Agriculture from 2001 to 2002. Earlier in her career, she acted as an assistant professor and associate professor at the University of Arkansas between 1982 and 1992.

Renowned for her academic and research prowess, Dr. Moldenhauer holds patents for 11 rice varieties and has spent time as a plant breeder. She maintains membership with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Association of Cereal Chemists, the Crop Science Society of America and the American Society of Agronomy. She attributed her profound success to her many mentors, including her Ph.D. professor, Dr. Kenneth Frey, and a former colleague, Dr. Neil Rutger. She holds a Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Philosophy from Iowa State University, and a Master of Science from North Carolina State University.

Dr. Moldenhauer has been recognized nationally for her contributions to her industry, most recently receiving a fellowship from the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2007. She is also a fellow of the American Society of Agronomy and the Crop Science Society of America. The recipient of a Distinguished Rice Research and Education Team Award, she was honored with the Riceland Friend Farmer Award from Riceland Foods, Inc. Looking toward the future, she intends to release more varieties of rice.

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