Winifred-Asbjornson Plant Sciences Chair

Recognizing that the depth of research at Montana State University must expand to meet current and future crop science challenges, leaders of the Montana Grains Foundation partnered with the MSU Alumni Foundation to perpetually endow the first Chair in the 120 year history of the College of Agriculture. More than 60 Montana grain producers, along with the Foundation, the Montana Grain Growers Association, the Montana Wheat & Barley Committee and several agribusinesses around the state donated in support of the endowed chair.

Dr. Hikmet Budak, an internationally recognized scientist, is MSU’s first Plant Sciences Endowed Chair. He earned his doctorate in plant genetics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2002 and arrived in Bozeman in 2016 from Sabanci University in Istanbul, Turkey. Budak’s work at MSU will focus on cutting edge research to develop wheat that will stand up to the four traditional stressors of Montana’s most important crop – wheat stem sawfly, drought, heat and micronutrient deficiencies.


  • Background Information
  • Donate Online  – MSU Alumni Foundation donor page; please indicate your gift is for the Plant Sciences Chair
  • Montana Endowment Tax Credit – Contributions to this endowment by individuals, corporations, small business corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies are eligible for the METC.