Daniel Award

2016 Dr. William H. Daniel Award


Jason Kruse, Ph.D., from the University of Florida received the 2016 William H. Daniel Ward. 


Jason has the responsibilities of teaching core courses for the Plant Science degree program and conducting research. He serves as the academic advisor for undergraduate students, is an advisor to the turf club and mentors graduate students as they complete their programs to join the industry. His research is focused on answering the question about the inputs required to maintain a healthy turfgrass system under a variety of conditions. He has also has had an impact outside of the U.S., working on projects in the Bahamas and Puerto Rico. An associate professor, he serves as the Undergraduate Coordinator for the Environmental Horticulture Department for the University. 


Mary Owens (left) is pictured with the 2016 winner, Jason Kruse, Ph.D.

Dr. William H. Daniel Award Winners

2015 - Mary Owens, University of Massachusetts (MA)

2014 - Brian Scott, Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut (CA)

2013 - Dr. Brad Fresenburg, University of Missouri-Columbia (MO)

2012 - Dr. Beth Guertal, Auburn University (AL)

2011 - Dr. Leah Brilman, Seed Research of Oregon (OR)

2010 - John Sorochan, Ph.D., University of Tennessee (TN)

2009 - Tony Koski, Ph.D., Colorado State University (CO) 

2008 - Grady Miller, Ph.D., North Carolina State University (NC) 

2007 - Michael Goatley, Jr., Ph.D., Turfgrass Specialist, Virginia Tech University (VA) 

2006 - James McAfee, Ph.D., Extension Turfgrass Specialist, Texas A&M (TX) 

2005 - Jeff Fowler, Penn State Cooperative Extension (PA)

2004 - A.J. Powell, Jr., Ph.D., University of Kentucky (KY)

2003 - Pam Sherratt, Ohio State University (OH)

2002 - David Gilstrap, Ph.D., Michigan State University (MI)

2001 - Coleman Ward, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Auburn University (AL)

2000 - Andrew McNitt, Ph.D., Penn State University (PA)

1999 - Donald Waddington, Ph.D., Penn State University (PA)

1998 - Steve Cockerham, University of California/Riverside (CA)

1997 - James Beard, Ph.D., International Sports Turf Institute (TX)

1996 - Kent Kurtz, Ph.D., (deceased) Cal Poly Pomona (CA)

1994 - Dave Minner, Ph.D., Iowa State University (IA)

1993 - John N. "Trey" Rogers, III, Ph.D., Michigan State University (MI)

1992 - Henry Wilkinson, Ph.D., University of Illinois (IL)

1991 - Steve Cockerham, University of California/Riverside (CA)

(Note: The William H. Daniel Award was known as the Excellence in Research Award prior to 1997.)

Facility listed is where employed at time of award. Check Roster for current listing

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