James D. McCurdy, Ph.D., assistant professor and turfgrass extension specialist at Mississippi State University, has been named the winner of the 2014 Award of Excellence by the Musser International Turfgrass Foundation.
The award is given to outstanding Ph.D. candidates who, in the final phase of their graduate studies, demonstrate overall excellence throughout their doctoral program in turfgrass research.
McCurdy received his bachelor of science degree in plant and soil science (specializing in turfgrass and golf course management) from University of Tennessee, Martin. He went on to earn his master's degree at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He received his Ph.D. from Auburn University where he worked with Scott McElroy, Ph.D., and wrote his dissertation on “The Effects and Sustainability of Legume Inclusion within Warm-Season Turf Swards”.
“It is indeed an honor to be selected for such a prestigious award,” said McCurdy. “I hope to be able to make an impact on the turfgrass industry at the level of many previous award winners.” McCurdy indicated that he plans on working diligently with his students at Mississippi State University to prepare them for careers in turfgrass management while he continues to conduct applied and basic research.