McCurdy named CSSA rising star

The Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) named Dr. Jay McCurdy of Mississippi State University its CSSA Early Career Award winner. The award recognizes individuals who have made an outstanding contribution in crop science within 7 years of completing their final degree.

Coincidentally, McCurdy received The Lawn Institute’s Dr. Henry W. Indyk Scholarship in 2006, its first year. He is an assistant professor and Extension specialist at MSU. He received a BS from the University of Tennessee-Martin, an MS from UT-Knoxville, and his PhD from Auburn University. His research of weed ecology and management within urban ecosystems focuses upon decreased pesticide use and increased wildlife habitat.