ITRC 2022 Graduate Student Competition

A Graduate Student Competition will once again take place at the ITRC 2022.  Competitions will be held for both oral and poster presentations and entrants will be divided into multiple categories based on their topic of research.  The top contestants in each category will receive a complimentary ITS student membership and a modest cash prize. The presenting author of an accepted manuscript must be a graduate student at the time of the ITRC 2022 to be eligible for the competition. To enroll in the Graduate Student Competition, please click ‘I would like to enroll in the graduate student competition’ while registering for the conference here on the website. The registration will open closer to the conference.


ITRC 2022 Student Travel Award 

There will be multiple awards available to support student travel to the ITRC 2022. Travel support will be based on the amount of funding available and the number of students that apply, and we expect to have more information on the level of support that can be expected during the fall of 2022.

To apply for a student travel award, download and completely fill out the ITRC 2022 Student Travel Award Application.  The application should include any abstracts to be presented at the ITRC 2022, a 1-page personal statement stating how attendance at the meeting will help you achieve your career goals, and a signed statement from your major advisor verifying that you study turfgrass science and that you are currently in good academic standing at your institution. 

To be eligible for a travel award applicants can be either a current student studying turfgrass science at the time of the ITRC 2022 OR a student who plans to graduate between January and July of 2022. Those applicants who are students at the time of the meeting will receive higher priority than those who graduate from January to July 2022. All applicants, no matter their planned graduation date, must be planning to present (oral or poster) at the ITRC 2022.  Applicants will be judged based primarily on their personal statement, the quality of their abstracts, and their involvement and leadership at their respective universities.  Applicants who have entered the Graduate Student Competition will receive priority for an award over those who have not.

The completed application should be saved as a single PDF file and emailed to Paul Koch ( by December 31st, 2021 at 11:59 PM.  

Award recipients will be notified on approximately February 1st, 2022.  

Questions regarding the application process or the Graduate Student Oral and Poster Competition should be directed to Paul Koch at or (1) 608-262-6531.