Chris Stiegler Turfgrass Science Graduate Student Travel Award
On Dec. 24, 2010, the turfgrass academic community lost one of its brightest young scholars, when Chris Stiegler and his wife, Jenny, were killed in an automobile accident in Texas while travelling to be with their family for the holidays. Chris received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in turfgrass management at Oklahoma State University and worked for a period of time as an assistant golf course superintendent in Wichita, KS and as a Cooperative Extension Agent in Oklahoma. Chris completed a PhD in turfgrass science at the University of Arkansas in May of 2010 and was hired as an assistant professor of turfgrass ecology and physiology at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX.
The Chris Stiegler Turfgrass Science Graduate Student Travel Award was established as a way to honor Chris’ major contributions to the Turfgrass Science (C5) Division of the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) as a graduate student and to further encourage future scholars to participate in our meetings. The funds are being used to award travel grants each year to deserving graduate students in the C5 Division of CSSA. Since the fund’s beginning in 2011, 29 students have already been awarded travel grants and countless more can be awarded into the future – but we need your help!!
The Turfgrass Science Division of CSSA has long-recognized the importance of graduate students to the health and vitality of our organization, as well as to the future of turfgrass science and the turfgrass industry as a whole. Chris Stiegler was readying himself for a promising career in turfgrass science, but his contributions and career were unfortunately cut short by this tragic accident. Supporting the efforts of future graduate students, through this Travel Award, will insure that turfgrass science remains strong and in good hands long into the future.