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2007 Henry L. Bolley Academic Achievement Award Recipient -
Randy Gaugler

B.S. 1972, Entomology

Dr. Randy Gaugler will tell you that his favorite NDSU memory begins on a sunny Friday afternoon, spring semester 1971. From the window on the second floor of Morrill Hall he spots an “especially lovely” young lady carrying a stack of books down the sidewalk. He leans out the window and yells out to her, she looks up and smiles. Dr. Gaugler and that “especially lovely” lady, Cheryl, have now been married for 35 years.

Graduating from NDSU in 1972 with a B.S. in Entomology and then earning a M.S. from North Carolina State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Gaugler is best known for a career in science research and teaching that has literally taken him around the world.

While attending NDSU Gaugler says he acquired writing skills from Professor Ted Schultz which “are skills that I have used every day in my career, and have much to do with the success I’ve enjoyed”. Those writing skills have helped Gaugler acquire some $9.2 million in grant money to aid his research. He has also authored more than 200 documents which have recorded his work and allow him to share his findings with others.

Although Gaugler’s work has taken him to all 50 states and nearly 80 countries, he says his most notable recognition to date has been “sharing the stage with Nobel laureates last year in Beijing for the Einstein Award presentation”. Gaugler’s career path has taken him from Senior Scientist for the New York State Museum to Rutgers University as a leading professor and then Director for the Rutgers Center for Vector Biology. To date, Gaugler has three U.S. patents and seven U.S. licenses, which have aided in the production of eight commercial products.

In his free time, Gaugler, a West Fargo native, enjoys bowhunting, travel, Corvettes and reading.

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