Texas Tech University

Richard and Donna Zartman Endowed Scholarship

Richard Zartman

The Richard and Donna Zartman Endowed Scholarship was established by Rick and Donna Zartman in 2015. This scholarship is awarded to first generation undergraduate students in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences.

Dr. Richard Zartman graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in agronomy and a doctorate in soil physics with a minor in math from the University of Kentucky. He came to Texas Tech University as an assistant professor of soil physics and was named a full professor in 1991. In 1998, he was named associate chair and served as interim chairman of the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences during the fall of 2000.

His research efforts focused on evaluating the infiltration and distribution of water in playa lake ecosystems. In addition, his research was funded by the U.S. Department of Defense to determine the fate of the bioterrorist agent ricin in the natural and human-modified environments. His classroom duties have included teaching courses in urban soils, soil physical properties and geostatistics. He retired from teaching in 2014.

Awards for Dr. Zartman include Davis College's Outstanding Researcher Award (2003, 2006) and Texas Tech President's Excellence in Teaching Award (2001). He was named a member of the university's Teaching Academy in 2003. He is a member of the American Society of Agronomy, International Soil Science Society, and Soil and Water Conservation Society of America.

He and his wife Donna reside in Lubbock, Texas.

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