Patrick Burgess, a graduate student in the department of plant biology and pathology at Rutgers University, will be able to attend the Golf Industry Show (GIS) in February thanks to a Watson Fellowship grant.
A native of Mahwah, N.J., Burgess, 29, married his high school sweetheart, Lea, in October, but her preschool teaching schedule didn’t allow them to immediately get away to celebrate. That celebration will come when the school year is completed, which gives Burgess two getaways to look forward to.
“I am looking forward to our honeymoon, and in the meantime, I am excited to be able to attend the Golf Industry Show through a Watson Fellowship grant,” said Burgess, who will earn his Ph.D. in May. “I am interested in a research and development position within private industry, and working to learn more about plants respond to climate change. I am skilled with plants; my wife is skilled with children.”
Burgess was honored along with Glen Obear of Sheboygan, Wis., a graduate student studying agronomy and horticulture at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. Both students will receive a $5,000 grant and the opportunity to attend the 2016 GIS Feb. 6-11 in San Diego.