Seed Science Award


This award is presented in recognition of distinctive service towards understanding and promotion of seed science and technology. Contributions may include outstanding research, teaching, extension, leadership, or a combination of these activities. Activities acknowledged by this award must focus on the state of the plant's life cycle when it is a seed, from embryo development through germination, and can include processing and production methods that enhance seed quality. Nominees for this award are not restricted to CSSA members. The award consists of a certificate, a complimentary ticket to the award presentation, and $2,000.


  1. Significance and originality of basic and/or applied research contributions leading to greater understanding of seed development, morphology, physiology, processing, dormancy, storage, germination and production methods for enhancing seed quality.
  2. Outstanding contributions in extension and/or service activities culminating in the promotion and increased usage of quality seeds.
  3. Educational activities, which have resulted in the training of leading seed scientists and professionals in the seed industry as well as development of unique courses emphasizing the importance of quality seeds.
  4. International contributions to the development of improved methods for maintaining, producing, and enhancing utilization of quality seeds on a global scale.
  5. Significant professional interactions with other seed related organizations.
  6. Total impact of contribution in crop science and related fields.
  7. The committee need not recommend an award recipient if no nominees meet the award criteria.

Nominations Opened: Feb 1, 2017 - 8:00 AM CST
Nominations initiated by: Mar 29, 2017 - 4:00 PM CDT
3 Reference Letters and Final Nomination submission by: Apr 5, 2017 - 4:00 PM CDT


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  1. Nominators are required to be ASA, CSSA, and/or SSSA members.
  2. Members of this CSSA Awards Committee, the CSSA Board of Directors, and also the ASA Executive Committee are not eligible to be a nominator for this award.


  1. Teams are eligible. Individual efforts are to be omitted. Only publications where all team members are authors or honors and awards received by the team will be listed.
  2. Former recipients of this Award are not eligible.
  3. Members of this CSSA Awards Committee, the CSSA Board of Directors, and also the ASA Executive Committee are not eligible to be a nominee for this award.
  4. Nominees must be living at the time of their nomination.


  1. Members of this CSSA Awards Committee, the CSSA Board of Directors, and also the ASA Executive Committee are not eligible to be a reference for this award.



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  1. Degrees Received
  2. Professional Positions Held
    (Character Limit, including spaces: 2000)
  3. Honors and Awards
    List honors and awards received (Character Limit, including spaces: 3000)
  4. Research Contributions
    List and evaluation of basic and/or applied research activities to include development of improved cultivars, techniques, processes, practices, and/or products. Also, list other related research activities. (Character Limit, including spaces: 4500)
  5. Professional Contributions Listing
    Describe the nominee's technical or nontechnical publications, patents, and efforts to develop or improve programs, practices, and products. List up to 12 of the most significant professional contributions of the nominee. (Character Limit, including spaces: 4500)
  6. Service and Extension-type Contributions
    List service and extension-type contributions (Character Limit, including spaces: 3000)
  7. Administrative Contributions
    List administrative contributions. (Character Limit, including spaces: 1500)
  8. Contributions to the Profession
    Describe the nominee's professional contributions (other than publications) on which the nomination is based and specific to the Seed Science Award. (Character Limit, including spaces: 3000)
  9. Teaching Contributions
    List (a) courses taught, dates, and approximate enrollments; (b) an evaluation of teaching effectiveness and teaching contributions; and (c) approximate number of students trained. (Character Limit, including spaces: 3000)
  10. Evaluation
    In this section, summarize the primary achievements and evaluate the nominee's comprehensive skills, competencies, and qualifications for this award. Give the nominees impact in one or more of the evaluation criteria in the award description. (Character Limit, including spaces: 3000)