Lurleen M. Walters, an assistant professor and agricultural economist at Mississippi State University, recently was presented the Patrick J. Byrne Emerging Leadership Award by the Food Distribution Research Society for contributions to the national organization.
Walters joined MSU in 2013 after earning a doctorate in food and resource economics from the University of Florida and working as an assistant professor at Florida A&M University.
She currently is the research society’s vice president of student programs, where she organizes programs that provide experiential opportunities for students and encourage interaction with industry professionals.
These duties also include organizing and leading the annual Student Food Marketing Challenge. For more, see www.fdrsinc.org.
Additionally, Walters is serving a three-year term as chair of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association’s Committee on Women in Agricultural Economics.