An animal science alumnus was honored by Brigham Young University this summer with a prestigious award.
David Kooyman (’82, animal science; ’86, M.S. animal science, physiology) was awarded the Thomas Martin Professorship, which is one of the most prestigious honors bestowed by BYU’s College of Life Sciences.
The award was presented during BYU’s annual fall conference in August.
The endowed position is given to a faculty member with a long-standing history of excellence in research, teaching, and service. It comes with a generous three-year stipend and significant research support.
After earning his doctorate in molecular and cell biology from Ohio University, Kooyman began working as a professor at BYU in 1997, first in the Department of Animal Science and then the Department of Physiology and Developmental Biology.
He also served as associate dean of BYU’s College of Biology and Agriculture from 2001 to 2003.
Kooyman was the 2015 recipient of the College of Life Sciences’ Faculty Distinguished Service Award and the 2016 recipient of BYU’s Abraham O. Smoot University Citizenship Award, one of the university’s highest honors.