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The National Council of Commercial Plant Breeders (NCCPB) is offering up to three (3) graduate student awards of $2,500 each and an invitation to attend the CSS 2016 meeting with expenses paid. This award, presented by NCCPB, is for students currently pursuing a PhD. in Plant Breeding at a U.S. University and is a U.S. citizen.


The principle criteria for choosing the recipient Include:

  1. significance and originality of basic or applied plant breeding thesis research;
  2. strong scholastic achievement in graduate level Plant Breeding and related course work;
  3. evidence of integrity, professionalism, and effective leadership skills as determined by peer, Graduate Advisor, and Graduate Faculty evaluations.


TITLE: Entitle the document, “Nomination of ____________ for the NCCPB Graduate Student Award,” inserting the name of the nominee in the blank.

NOMINEE: Include the typewritten name, university affiliation, mailing address (with zip code), and telephone number (with area code).

NOMINATOR: Include the typewritten name, signature, university affiliation, mailing address (with zip code), and telephone number (with area code).

Documentation and Qualifications of Nominee:

  1. Degrees received. Give field, date, and institution of each degree.
  2. Scholastic record, including recent transcripts from all universities attended.
  3. Brief (250 words) personal biography of nominee.
  4. Summary (500 words) of thesis research in progress.
  5. Pertinent professional presentations and publications in professional journals.
  6. Membership in and contributions to professional societies.
  7. Evidence of integrity, professionalism, and a strong work ethic in both scholastic and thesis research activities.

EVALUATION: Identify the primary contributions and accomplishments on which the nomination is based. Explain why the nominee is especially well qualified to receive the NCCPB Graduate Student Award.

SUPPORTING LETTERS: No more than three (3) one-page supporting letters will be accepted. The letters are solicited by, and are addressed to, the nominator Members of the NCCPB Awards Committee are not eligible to nominate or to write supporting letters.

(Note:  Title page through Evaluation must not exceed 5 pages.)

Return all documentation by November 4, 2016 to Ann Jorss at





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