Martin E. and Kathleen M. Burkhardt Nutritional Sciences Undergraduate Researcher Award


This award is funded through the Martin E. and Kathleen M. Burkhardt fund, which was established in December 1996 for the purpose of supporting special projects and/or scholarships in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and the School of Human Ecology.


Initially, the fund supported the Martin J. and Georgina E. Burkhardt English Garden in the Allen Centennial Gardens. Thereafter, the fund supports awards in the following four areas: 40% to Biological Systems Engineering; 20% to Nutritional Sciences; 20% to Environment, Textiles and Design in the School of Human Ecology; 20% to the Wisconsin Agricultural and Life Sciences Alumni Association (WALSAA).

Selection Procedure and Qualifications

The Burkhardt Nutritional Sciences Undergraduate Researcher Award is awarded annually by the Department of Nutritional Sciences Scholarship Committee to be used for financial assistance to a deserving sophomore, junior or senior. The student’s potential should be given greater consideration in selection than demonstrated scholarship. The recipient should be a Wisconsin resident from a rural Wisconsin background. The donors prefer the selected recipient earn the assistance through work for or service to the department rather than an outright gift. The student need not be enrolled in the department but the department must benefit from the work or service provided. The awardee is expected to write a letter to the donors at the start of the award period introducing themselves, thanking them for their sponsorship, and describing the project. If a qualified student is not identified for the current year, the income available shall carry over to the following year.

Application Procedure

Please discuss nomination with your advisor to be considered for this award.

About the Donors:

Martin E. Burkhardt received a BS in Agriculture in 1960, a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1961, and an MS in Agricultural Engineering in 1964. His wife, Kathleen, received a B.S. in Home Economics in 1960.

Martin’s father, Martin J. Burkhardt, Jr., received a BS in Agricultural Education in 1930 and served the agricultural community for many years as an educator in Milton and Merrill. His mother Georgina (Schneider) Burkhardt, received a B.S. in Home Economics in 1929 and taught in Milton and Merrill for several years. His uncle, George J. Burkhardt, completed Agriculture Short Course before receiving his degrees in agriculture and engineering in the early 1930’s. His aunt, Lina Burkhardt Allmann, and grandparents, Martin J. Burkhardt, Sr., and Louise (Bast) Burkhardt operated a Wisconsin Century Farm in Sheboygan County Town of Lyndon. Kathleen’s parents, Millard and Loise Ihlenfeldt farmed in Kewaunee County Town of Carlton.