(March 2, 2017) Favio Herrera won first place in the Ph.D. section of the Graduate Student Contest at the National Sweetpotato Collaborators Group annual meeting in Mobile, AL, February 3-4, 2017. His presentation was entitled “Viral Distribution Titers of SPVG, SPVC, SPFMV and SPV2 (Potyviridae) in ‘Beauregard’ Sweetpotato (Ipomoea batatas)”. Favio will soon complete his Ph.D. in the Department of Plant Pathology & Crop Physiology under the guidance of Drs. Chris Clark, Arthur Villordon, Vinson Doyle, and Rodrigo Valverde. Favio is a native of Ecuador and came to LSU after completing undergraduate work at the University of Zamarano in Honduras.