Paul Koch, a Ph.D. student in plant pathology, was awarded the Dr. James Watson Fellowship from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America Environmental Institute for Golf. Koch is pursuing his Ph.D. under the direction of Jim Kerns, assistant professor of plant pathology. His dissertation research focuses on developing integrated disease control strategies for Wisconsin turfgrass systems.
The goal of the Watson Fellowship program is to identify and recognize outstanding post-graduates who will be leading industry educators and researchers of tomorrow. Each applicant is evaluated on academic excellence, peer recommendations, communication skills, commitment to a career as an instructor and/or scientist, accomplishments in research and education and potential to contribute significantly to the turfgrass industry. Applicants must be a master’s or doctoral student in their second year.
The award will be presented February 2010 at the Golf Industry Show in San Diego. Awardees receive s $5,000 cash award and a free trip to San Diego!