The Musser International Turfgrass Foundation

The 2015 “AWARD OF EXCELLENCE”
Application for Ph.D. candidates

The criteria for selecting award recipients are based on, but not limited to, the graduate student’s work, academic record, dissertation, publications, leadership and extracurricular activities.


Applications for the Musser Foundation’s 2015 “Award of Excellence” will be available after September 15, 2014. Applicants who qualify may obtain the application form via my email at fdobie7@gmail.com. It will be an MS Word file attachment.

The Musser Foundation's primary purpose is to promote the advancement of Turfgrass science by supporting exceptional graduate students studying in the Turfgrass specialties. At our annual Board of Directors meeting in February, I will recommend to the Board that we grant our "Award of Excellence" with a significant amount of cash to a doctoral candidate, provided we have applications from graduate students that meet our criteria. If you are a graduate student with the following qualifications, you may submit an application. The completed application must be returned with a postmark no later than December 1, 2014.


“Qualifications for application are:”

  1. A minimum Grade Point Average of 3.4 for the last 2 years of undergraduate study.
  2. A thesis problem which is well conceived, soundly based on good science, with innovative new concepts and is relevant to solving key basic problems facing the Turfgrass industry.
  3. Extracurricular activities, which suggest strong leadership potential.
  4. Current research objectives in the main stream of Turfgrass science and culture.
  5. Candidates must be in the last year of their Ph.D. program and must have successfully completed the written and/or oral preliminary exams.
  6. If an applicant has attained their Ph.D. during the current calendar year (2014), they are still eligible to be a candidate for the up coming Award of Excellence.

Note: There is no longer a minimum GRE score required to qualify for an application.


The Awards Committee will review the applications and make recommendations to the Board. I will notify all applicants of the results by March 1, 2015.


Please help us update our email addresses for the major professors in turfgrass science departments. Also let us know if your professor is a resent successor. Thank you for your assistance.


D. Frank Dobie
President


Click here (after September 15, 2014) to request the application document by e-mail. For questions about the application process, contact me at fdobie7@gmail.com.