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John Peppers, Ph.D., receives 2024 Musser Award of Excellence

March 21, 2024

The Musser International Turfgrass Foundation selected John Peppers, Ph.D., as its 2024 Award of Excellence recipient.

John Peppers, Ph.D.

John Peppers, Ph.D.

The award is given to outstanding Ph.D. candidates who, in the final phase of their graduate studies, demonstrated overall excellence throughout their doctoral program in turfgrass research.

Peppers received his bachelor’s in turfgrass science and a master’s degree in turfgrass weed science at Auburn University. His research at Auburn focused on potential turfgrass uses with pinoxaden (Manuscript herbicide). He went on to earn a Ph.D. in plant pathology, physiology and weed science with a concentration in turfgrass weed science from Virginia Tech.

While at Virginia Tech, he worked as a graduate research assistant as well as the field trial manager for a lab under Shawn Askew, Ph.D. His Ph.D. research centered around the implementation of herbicidal programs and application technologies for annual bluegrass, crabgrass and goosegrass control on and around golf course putting greens.

Peppers has already published 14 peer-reviewed research papers from his M.S. and Ph.D. projects and has five more currently in draft or under review on the topic of turfgrass weed science. He is the author of more than 50 scientific abstracts and has given approximately 60 research presentations nationally and internationally. He plans to focus his career on providing practical, research-based solutions for turfgrass managers.

“I am extremely honored to receive the Musser Award of Excellence,” Peppers said. “I have long admired many of the previous winners as these are some of the biggest names in turfgrass research. I am humbled to be mentioned among such a prestigious group.”

The criteria for selecting award recipients include graduate work, academic record, dissertation, publications, leadership and extracurricular activities.

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