Food Scientist Qixin Zhong Wins UTIA Research Impact Award 

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UT Institute of Agriculture Presents Top Faculty and Staff Awards for 2022 

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture recognized some of its top faculty, staff, researchers and Extension experts at UTIA’s annual Awards and Promotions luncheon on the UTIA campus in Knoxville August 16, 2022. Many of the awards are gifts made possible by faculty, alumni and friends of the Institute.  

UT Institute of Agriculture Senior Vice Chancellor and Senior Vice President Carrie Castille hosted the award winners and celebrated their work. “I am so excited to recognize excellence as exemplified by the award-winning members of our UTIA faculty and staff,” Castille says. “Their continuing commitment to our land-grant mission ensures that the Institute develops and delivers real-life solutions to improve the health and economy of our state and beyond while also enhancing our environment.”   

“I am extremely honored to receive the award,” says Zhong. “The award is impossible without the tremendous support provided by UTIA and the outstanding colleagues, post-doctoral researchers, graduate students, and undergraduate researchers with whom I have had the honor to work.” 

Zhong’s other accolades include being named the 2013 North Carolina State University Outstanding Young Alumnus for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and receiving the UT Knoxville Chancellor’s Professional Promise in Research and Creative Achievement Award in 2013; the Samuel Cate Prescott Award, Institute of Food Technologists, 2012; and the T.J. Whatley Distinguished Young Scientist Award from UTIA in 2010. 

Zhong has authored 196 refereed publications during his time with UTIA, serving as corresponding author for 165 of them. At UTIA he has also advised 11 post-doctoral researchers and directed 15 Ph.D. dissertations and10 M.S. theses. 

Through its land-grant mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions.  

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