This endowment is created to honor Thomas Seaman, who came to WSU after receiving his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of California Berkeley. While at WSU he completed his B.S. in
Agronomy and went on to receive an M.S. in the same field. Subsequently, he worked with Gordon Rubenthaler in the USDA Western Wheat Quality Lab under grants from the Washington Wheat Commission evaluating the end-use quality of Washington wheat varieties. With this background he researched and developed new ways of assessing wheat product quality in the baking industry, as well as creating new products, improving existing ones, and advancing quality assurance systems in his work for Dawn, Bunge, ADM, and Best Brands in Michigan, Washington, Minnesota, and California. This endowment was created by the Seaman Family.
This endowment will support a graduate student in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences who has an interest in conducting research (biochemical, molecular, and/or genetic) in the assessment or improvement of end-use quality in wheat. This support may include student tuition, fees, books, and/or living expenses as well as any research expenses incurred.