Dr. Emily Merewitz received the 2013 Musser Award for Excellence as chosen by the Musser International Turfgrass Foundation.
Merewitz is an assistant professor in molecular turfgrass biology at Michigan State University. She received her bachelor's degree in plant science and plant biotechnology from Rutgers University. She earned her Ph.D. at Rutgers under the tutelage of Dr. Bingru Huang in molecular turfgrass physiology.
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.
"I am very grateful to be considered and to have received such a prestigious award," Merewitz said. "It is quite an honor and it will motivate me even more to excel in the turfgrass industry. The industry has been extremely supportive of my research and this award is something that means a lot to me."
The criteria for selecting award recipients include graduate work, academic record, dissertation, publications, leadership and extracurricular activities. To date, awards have been granted to doctoral students from universities including Arizona, Auburn, Cornell, Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Michigan State, Rutgers, Tennessee and Texas A&M.