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MSU faculty member earns highest honor

STARKVILLE — A Mississippi State University (MSU) forestry faculty member is receiving the National Science Foundation’s (NSF’s) most prestigious honor for junior faculty members, the Early Career Development Award.

Assistant professor Cetin Yuceer of MSU’s Forest and Wildlife Research Center is being honored with a 2009 NSF Early Career Development Award of $500,000. He will be seeking to identify and characterize genes that control reproductive bud formation in poplars, fast-growing trees that hold potential use as sources of bioenergy.

The Early Career Development Award is given to those “who exemplify excellence in research, teaching and the integration of education and research.” Only 425 awards are provided annually across the various research disciplines.

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