Awards 2023

2023 Awards of the Northeastern Weed Science Society


NEWSS Fellow Award
Dr. Shawn Askew
Professor, Turfgrass Extension Specialist
Virginia Tech

Outstanding Researcher Award
Dr. Lynn Sosnoskie
Assistant Professor, School of Integrative Plant Science Horticulture Section
Cornell University

Outstanding Educator Award
Dr. Thierry Besançon
Associate Professor, Extension Weed Science Specialist for Specialty Crops
Rutgers University

Robert D. Sweet Outstanding Graduate Student – M.S.
Anna Sophia Westbrook
Graduate Student, Soil and Crop Sciences Integrated Plant Science MPS,
Cornell University

Robert D. Sweet Outstanding Graduate Student – Ph.D.
Dr. Eric Jones
Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistant, Crop Science
North Carolina State University, 2022

M. Garry Schnappinger Service Recognition Award
Dr. Hilary Sandler University of Massachusetts
Director, UMass Cranberry Station; Extension Professor (2004 to present)


Student Oral Presentation Contest


First Place:
Multi-seed Zea Pellets (MSZP) for Increasing Agroecosystem Biodiversity
Sophie Westbrook
Cornell University

Second Place:
Weed Potential of Roll-crimped Cereal Rye Differs Across Cultural Practices
Laurel Wellman
Penn State

Honorable Mention:
The Confirmation and Characterization of Auxinic Herbicide Resistance in a Population of Green Pigweed (Amaranthus powelli) from Ontario
Isabelle Aicklen
University of Guelph


Student Poster Contest Awards


First Place:
Weed Risk Assessment of Brassica carinata in the Southeastern U.S.
April Dobbs
North Carolina State University

Second Place:
Influence of Tall Fescue Canopy Architecture on Weed Emergence
Daewon Koo
Virginia Tech


2022 Graduate Student Writing Contest


First Places:

Second Place:


2021 Award Winners