CSES grad student wins Ph.D. oral presentation competition

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By Maggie Smith

Frances Browne, a graduate student in the Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences at Auburn University, won first place in the Weed Science Society of America’s Ph.D. oral presentation competition during the society’s recent annual meeting in New Orleans.

Browne’s presentation focused on her doctoral research investigating how particle drift and vaporization from low-dose applications of the herbicide dicamba affect plant health and crop yields in soybeans. She won the oral competition over 40 other contenders from across the nation and received a $300 cash award and a plaque.

Browne has been studying at Auburn since January 2017 and will graduate with a doctorate in crop, soil and environmental sciences in spring of 2020. Her major professor is Steve Li, extension specialist and assistant professor of weed science.

The Weed Science Society of America, a nonprofit scientific association, was founded in 1956 to encourage and promote the development of knowledge concerning weeds and their impact on the environment.

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