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MSU Graduate Awarded 2010 Paul Ecke Jr. MS/PhD Scholarship

Daedre Craig, currently pursuing her doctorate at Michigan State University (MSU), and who is currently receiving the Michigan State University Plant Science Fellowship, is the head grower for the MSU Horticulture Organization of Graduate Students.  Craig has been recognized by numerous organizations for her achievements in research and academia, and this latest achievement of receiving the Paul Ecke Scholarship nets her financial assistance of $8,000.

This scholarship honors the late Paul Ecke Jr., who made indispensable contributions to the advancement of the global floriculture industry. It is awarded to students who have completed, or are in the process of completing either a Bachelor of Science or a Master of Science in horticulture or a related field, with the intention of pursuing a master’s or doctorate.

“Receiving the Paul Ecke Jr. Scholarship will allow me to broaden the scope of my dissertation research and open up additional education and extension opportunities to disseminate the results of my research,” Craig wrote in her application for the scholarship.

Craig’s current research project is focusing on using light-emitting diodes (LEDs) in the production of greenhouse crops.  “Growers have traditionally used incandescent lamps to create artificial long days for photoperiodic crop production.  However, many developed countries are phasing out incandescent lamps due to their energy inefficiency; they convert only about 10 percent of the energy into visible light.”  

Given the 2007 passage of the Energy Independence and Security Act, which mandates the phase-out of incandescent bulbs by 2014, Craig’s focus is on finding an alternative to the incandescent lamp for photoperiodic lighting.

“Daedre’s research project has great potential to create useful information for growers, as well as improve our fundamental understanding of flowering,” wrote Erik Runkle, associate professor and floriculture specialist at MSU, in his recommendation letter.  “The subject of LEDs for greenhouse applications is of widespread interest, and we need unbiased, research-based information on their utility and cost effectiveness.”

“After earning my Ph.D., I will seek a teaching and/or research position at a university or botanical garden.  Ideally, I would like to teach and continue research in the areas of floriculture, plant physiology, and greenhouse production, lighting and energy cost reduction,” says Craig.

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2010 - Issue Two
In This Issue
   AFE Turns 50!
   MSU Graduate Awarded 2010 Paul Ecke Jr. MS/PhD Scholarship
   Memorial Tribute Established as AFE Mourns the Passing of Trustee Ernesto Velez
   Post Production Research: Cut Flower Longevity
   Floral Design Students Receive Financial Support Through AFE
   Ensuring the Next 50 Years: Consider a Bequest Gift to AFE
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Aric Compliment, a student at College of Dupage will complete a three-month internship at Heartland Growers, a family owned growing operation in Westfield, Ind.

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