Savanna Lyons, a masterʼs degree student in economics and sustainable agriculture, is the recipient of the Barbara and Thomas Lyon Scholarship for the Study of Agricultural Cooperatives.
The focus of the Lyon Scholarship, set up in 2012 by Barbara and Thomas Lyon, is to recognize a graduate student who demonstrates an interest in the study of cooperative business enterprises, and agricultural cooperatives in particular. Savanna, who will graduate spring semester, receives the $4,000 scholarship retroactive to the 2015-2016 academic year.
“Savannaʼs research and thesis are anchored in food hubs and cooperatives, and she is authoring an impressive managerʼs guide for food hubs as a result of her work with the Leopold Center,ˮ says Keri Jacobs, who is on Savanna's graduate committee. Jacobs had Savanna in class and worked with her on the cooperatives aspects of her thesis project.
Graduate adviser Georgeanne Artz adds, “Savanna secured a grant to do this work (unusual for our master’s students). She is an exceptional student. She is creative, insightful and incredibly self-motivated, and has been a real pleasure to work with.ˮ
Savanna has worked closely with the National Good Food Network affiliated with the Wallace Center at Winrock International, which is a national leader in food hub research and education. She has presented three webinars on food hubs for NGFN and was also invited to deliver two presentations at NGFNʼs national conference later this month.
Craig Chase, of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, says “Savanna, in general, is an amazing researcher, writer, and presenter. She deeply cares for her research and wants to make a difference in everything she does. She brings excitement and passion to all those who are lucky enough to work with her. She is a natural leader and one people want to listen to. It has been a pleasure and honor to have been a part of her graduate studies here at Iowa State University.ˮ