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Mississippi State University graduate student Phillip Vines presents results of his research to turfgrass professionals attending a campus field day.

MSU grad gets turfgrass fellowship

A Mississippi State graduate student from Philadelphia is receiving a fellowship from the national
turfgrass industry.

Phillip L. Vines has been honored with a $5,000 grant from the Dr. James Watson Fellowship Program of the Golf Course Superintendent’s Association of America. He is pursuing a master’s degree in plant pathology in the university’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Funded by the non-profit association and the Minnesota-based Toro Co., the fellowship is a memorial to the agronomist and turfgrass management pioneer who retired in 1998 as Toro’s vice president of customer relations.

Vines, the son of James and Tammie Vines, was selected along with two doctoral students from Rutgers University in New Jersey. A 2011 magna cum laude MSU graduate in agronomy/golf and sports turfgrass management, he will complete the master’s degree program in May.

An associate research professor in biochemistry, molecular biology, entomology and plant pathology, she directs Vines’ graduate program. While he is the first in six years at the master’s level to receive the award, Vines is Tomaso-Peterson’s third student chosen for the ACSAA-Toro honor.

Earlier in the school year, Vines also took first place in the Southern Division of the American Phytopathological Society’s graduate-student research competition. By virtue of the win, he is the division’s representative for an August symposium at the organization’s national meeting in California.

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