Scott Speidel, research associate in breeding and genetics at ColoradoStateUniversity, Fort Collins, Colo., and Lance D. Leachman, Christiansburg, Va., received the 2009 Frank H. Baker Memorial Scholarship Awards.

The awards were presented by Robert Williams, Ph.D., director of breed improvement and foreign marketing, American-International Charolais Association, Kansas City, Mo., during the 41st Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Research Symposium and Annual Meeting, April 30-May 3 in Sacramento, Calif.

The late Frank H. Baker played a key leadership role in helping establish the BIF in 1968.

Each year since 1994, two deserving graduate students have been recognized for his or her winning essays.

A California native, Speidel holds a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from CaliforniaStateUniversity, Fresno; a master's degree from the University of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz., and plans to complete his doctorage this fall at ColoradoStateUniversity.

Leachman was born in Maidstone, Sask., Canada. He holds a bachelor of science degree in Animal Sciences and Industry with a business option from KansasStateUniversity, Manhattan, Kan., and a master's degree in Animal and Poultry Science – Breeding Genetics from VirginiaPolytechnicStateUniversity (Virginia Tech), Blackburg, Va. Currently, Leachman is a graduate student at Virginia Tech.