Master’s Thesis Award
David Wheeler, Ph.D. student of the Department of Plant Pathology, Washington State University (WSU), recently received the Ann Chittenden Holland Master’s Thesis Award for Graduate Student Excellence from the WSU Graduate School. This award, $1,000, is open to all graduate students in good standing in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) who have at least a 3.5 graduate GPA and have completed a WSU master’s thesis in the past year and currently are enrolled in a doctoral program at WSU. Candidates are nominated by the dean of their college and selected by a university selection committee. Wheeler completed his M.S. degree in 2015, and his thesis was entitled “Verticillium dahlia asymptomatically and differentially infects rotation crops of potato in the Columbia basin, Washington” under the supervision of Dennis Johnson. Johnson continues serving as Wheeler’s major professor for his Ph.D. program.