Dr. Kyungmin "Alyssa” Kim (Kravchenko, Dec 2021) won the Truog Dissertation award.

“Change of Soil Micro-Environments During Plant Decomposition and its Effect on Carbon and Nitrogen Dynamics” awarded Soil Science Society of America's highest grad student honor.

PSM's own Dr. Kyungmin "Alyssa” Kim (Kravchenko, Dec 2021) won the Truog award for her dissertation: “Change of Soil Micro-Environments During Plant Decomposition and its Effect on Carbon and Nitrogen Dynamics.”

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As a graduate student collaborator at Kellogg Biological Station, Kim presented her study” “The decomposition of switchgrass residues as a potential driver of nitrous oxide hotspots.”

The Truog Outstanding Dissertation award is the highest award that Soil Science Society of America gives to recent PhD graduates who have “made an outstanding contribution to soil science as evidenced by her/his Ph.D. thesis or dissertation.” Dr. Kim will be included in the SSSA 2022 Awards Hall of Fame and be featured in the annual Awards Program.

“I appreciate great faculty members at MSU especially my major professor Dr. Sasha Kravchenko, who helped me to grow as an independent researcher,” says Kim, who continues research on soils as a postdoctoral associate at Cornell University. “My other committee members also supported me with their great expertise and patience: Dr. Andrey Guber, Dr. Phil Robertson, Dr. Nathaniel Ostrom, Dr. Dirk Colbry.” 

This may be the first time an MSU student has won this award, according to the record on the web site. “Alyssa was a great student and team member of our group and we are very proud and happy for her,” Kravchenko says.

 

 

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