Plant and Soil Science Graduate Student Awarded 2017 Outstanding Graduate Student Award (MS)
John Buol graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.S. in Biochemistry in December 2014. As an undergraduate, John conducted research on RNAi inheritance in nematodes and authored an article in a Wisconsin research series characterizing the spread of glyphosate-resistant horseweed. His Master’s thesis under the direction of Dr. Dan Reynolds at Mississippi State University evaluates the effect of cotton growth stage on susceptibility to injury and yield effects from sub-lethal concentrations of 2,4-D and dicamba. During his time as a Master’s student, John serves as teaching assistant for Dr. Reynold’s Herbicide Technology course, and was a member of the 3rd place team at the 2016 SWSS Weed Contest. John’s achievements have been recognized with awards such as the Will Carpenter Distinguished Field Scientist Monsanto Fellowship, induction into the Gamma Sigma Delta National Agriculture Honors Society, and the 2016 Future Leaders in Science Award at the Congressional Visits Days in Washington, D.C., where he met with Congressional leaders to advocate for the importance of agricultural research funding. John placed 2nd in both the oral and poster contests at the 2016 SWSS Annual Meeting, has placed first in local competitions including the MSU Future of Ag Competition, the MSU Graduate Student Research Symposium, and the preliminary round of the MSU Three-Minute Thesis Competition; and has received awards for various other presentations. John has presented several MSU Extension talks and has authored 10 abstracts for professional meetings. He will continue working under the direction of Dr. Dan Reynolds at Mississippi State University, where his PhD research will investigate probabilistic models for gene flow in weed populations.