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Two Young Women Receive ASEV's Top Scholarship Awards in Enology and Viticulture

A total of $107,500 awarded to 50 North American Students
by Linda Jones McKee
July 29, 2020
Rachel Allison


Jaclyn Fiola

Each year, the American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) names the winners of two Presidents’ Award Scholarships, one for the outstanding enology student and one for the outstanding student in viticulture. In the past, those scholarships were announced at ASEV’s annual meeting in June, but with the new “normal” circumstances, those two special awards were made public via press release.

Both winners of the top scholarships in 2020 are students at universities East of the Rockies. The ASEV Presidents’ Award for Enology was given to Rachel Allison, a PhD candidate in food science at Cornell University, and the ASEV Presidents’ Award for Viticulture was awarded to Jaclyn Fiola, a PhD candidate in vineyard soils at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Allison and Fiola each received a $12,500 scholarship for “exceeding expectations of the traditional ASEV scholarship program as well as demonstrating their leadership capacity.”

Allison graduated from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario with a Bachelor’s in Science degree with First Class Honors in Engineering Chemistry in 2011. She is currently studying under the direction of Dr. Gavin Sacks and working in the Sacks Food Science and Wine Chemistry Laboratory. In addition, she is the president of the Graduate Wine Society; president of the Food Science Graduate Students Organization; co-captain of the Cuvée Wine Education and Blind Tasting Society; and culinary director of Crème de Cornell Magazine. She anticipates finishing her PhD in 2021.

Fiola received her Bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in plant sciences from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2015. She worked as a laboratory technician in the Department of Environmental Science and Technology Pedology laboratory until 2016 and then was a graduate research fellow at Ohio State University from August 2016 until January 2018. At that time, Fiola joined Dr. Ryan D. Stewart’s Critical Zone Laboratory in the Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Science, where she is researching the important roles of vineyard soils in producing high quality grapes and wines. She is also a doctoral scholar in Virginia Tech’s Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science,

In addition to the two Presidents’ Awards Scholarships, ASEV awarded 48 traditional scholarships to support students in viticultural and enology programs in Canada, Mexico or the United States. This year’s scholarship winners attend 14 different universities in 10 states and British Columbia, Canada.

Within the traditional scholarship program, ASEV offers three specially named scholarships. This year, the James Wolpert Scholarship Award was established to recognize a student who plans to work either in viticulture or enology extension. The first recipient of the award was Sarah Lyons, a student at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC.

A scholarship in the name of Michael Vail, a viticulturist and member of the ASEV Board of Directors, has been presented since 2009. This year’s recipient was Alexander Olenskyj, a student at the University of California, Davis. Another student at Davis, Arran Rumbaugh, received the ASEV Dennis Martin enology scholarship. Martin, winemaker at Fetzer Vineyards for three decades, served as ASEV president in 2001-2002. The scholarship in his name was first presented in 2019.

Students interested in applying for ASEV scholarships in the future must be student members of ASEV prior to applying. Information concerning the application requirements and process are available on the ASEV website, The application deadline is March 1 of each year.

The 2020 ASEV Scholarship Committee included of Chair Chandra Richter from Drinkworks in Vermont; Torey Arvik from Sonomaceuticals/WholeVine Products in California; Luciane Bertoletti Barros, a consultant from Texas; Ria D’Aversa from McEvoy Ranch in California; Patrick Gibney from Cornell University, New York; David Lockwood from The University of Tennessee; Merilark Padgett-Johnson from Santa Rosa Junior College, California; Brent Sams from E&J Gallo Winery in California; and Gordon Walker from Flotek in California.

The following students were awarded 2020 ASEV Scholarships:

  • Robert Blundell, University of California, Davis
  • Tyler Chandross-Cohen, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park
  • Christopher Chen, University of California, Davis
  • Cody Copp, Oregon State University, Corvallis
  • Angelica de Castro Iobbi, Oregon State University, Corvallis
  • Alana Edwards, University of Georgia, Athens
  • Ryan Fifield, Cornell University, New York
  • Suzanne Fleishman, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park
  • Alex Fredrickson, University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Bernadette Gagnier, Washington State University, Pullman
  • Esteban Garcia, California State University, Fresno
  • Atzin Gonzalez Andrade, University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Andrew Harner, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park
  • Robert Herrell, California State University, Fresno
  • Samuel Hoffman, Oregon State University, Corvallis
  • Cassandra Hutcheson, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Adam Lauderdale, Oregon State University, Corvallis
  • Jerry Lin, University of California, Davis
  • Sarah Lyons,* The University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Gita Mallya, University of California, Davis
  • Lauren Marigliano, University of California, Davis
  • Kimberlee Marinelli, University of California, Davis
  • Margaret McCoy, Washington State University, Prosser
  • Alexa McDaniel, Washington State University, Pullman
  • Stephen McGuire, University of California, Davis
  • Arunabha Mitra, Washington State University, Prosser
  • Laise Moreira, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • Kori Munk, California State University, Fresno
  • Karlene Negus, Missouri State University, Springfield
  • Melanie Nichols, Oregon State University, Corvallis
  • Alexander Olenskyj,** University of California, Davis
  • Demetra Perry, Cornell University, New York
  • Meredith Persico, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park
  • Quynh Phan, Oregon State University, Corvallis
  • Salvador Pineda, California State University, Fresno
  • Alejandra Ponce de Leon, University of California, Davis
  • Colden Proe, Cornell University, New York
  • Daniela Quiroz, University of California, Davis
  • Clarissa Reyes, University of California, Davis
  • Victoria Roberts, University of California, Davis
  • Abelardo Rodriguez Cetto, California State University, Fresno
  • Arran Rumbaugh,*** University of California, Davis
  • Lauren Saltiel, University of California, Davis
  • Khushwinder Singh, California State University, Fresno
  • Andrej Svyantek, North Dakota State University, Fargo
  • Saskia Tingey, University of California, Davis
  • Yu-Te Tseng, University of California, Davis
  • Maria Zumkeller, University of California, Davis

*Recipient of the ASEV James Wolpert scholarship 
**Recipient of the ASEV Michael Vail scholarship
***Recipient of the ASEV Dennis Martin scholarship

2020 Best Student Video Presentation Awards

The Best Student Presentation Awards are usually awarded at ASEV’s annual national meeting after the students have given their talks in person to a live audience. This year, students sent in their presentations via video, and the awards for the best presentations were recently announced. The awards, which are sponsored by Lallemand, were given to the following students:


1st Place: Andrew Harner (Major Professor: Michela Ceninari, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park), Preliminary Insights into Grapevine Ecophysiological Responses to Spotted Lanternfly Population Density in Pennsylvania

2nd Place: Harper Smith (Major Professor: Dean Volenberg, University of Missouri, Columbia), Potential Insect Vectors of Grapevine Red Blotch Virus in Missouri Vineyards

3rd Place: Andrej Svyantek (Major Professor: Harlene Hatterman-Valenti, North Dakota State University, Fargo), Observations on Inheritance of Lacinate Leaves in Hybrid Grapevine Populations Derived from “Chasselas Cioutat”


1st Place: Rachel Allison (Major Professor: Gavin Sacks, Cornell University, New York), Glutathione Increases Formation of Unstable Copper-Sulfhydryl Complexes Capable of Releasing H2S During Bottle Storage

2nd Place: Demetra Perry (Major Professor: Gavin Sacks, Cornell University, New York), Effects of Pre-Fermentative Treatments on Juice Fermentation Kinetics, Color Extraction, and Volatile Composition

3rd Place: Hannah Charnock (Major Professor: Belinda Kemp, Brock University, Canada), Impact of Production Method on Metal Content in Sparkling Wines

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