(02/02/21) CROWLEY, La. — Sam Rustom Jr., who graduated from LSU with a Ph.D. in weed science, has been selected as Outstanding Graduate Student by the Southern Weed Science Society.
He was selected over eight other nominees and is the second LSU graduate student to receive the award, according to Rustom’s professor and LSU AgCenter weed scientist Eric Webster.
The recognition was made during the SWSS conference held virtually Jan. 25 to 26.
Rustom, who graduated in December, was nominated by Webster and Steve Linscombe, retired LSU AgCenter rice breeder and director of the H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station in Crowley.
In his nomination letter, Webster cited Rustom’s herbicide research that has helped rice farmers worldwide, along with 10 refereed publications and numerous abstracts.
“Sam has been to several international meetings with me and made presentations,” Webster said.
Another LSU weed science student, David Walker, won first place in the Ph.D. poster contest with his entry “Does florpyrauxifen-benzyl volatilize when applied to rice foliage, bare soil or open water?”
Sam Rustom Jr. Photo by Leigh Rustom
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture