CCREF Young Investigator Scholarship

The CCREF Young Investigator Scholarship focuses on supporting undergraduate through PhD students, from a college or university in the United States, conducting research and education in the fields of composting and compost use. More specifically, the ideal candidate will have interest in improving the compost process and the application and the utilization of finished compost to increase drought tolerance, soil nutrient content, reducing erosion and water pollution, and increasing carbon storage in soils to combat climate change.

The goal of the Young Investigator Scholarship is to bring assistance and attention to emerging young professionals in the field of compost research and to spark interest in the future of the composting industry.

Application Requirements:

  • Completion of the application cover sheet.
  • Submission of research project description - Scholarships Application Requirements
  • One Recommendation letter from a professor or supervisor involved in the students research activities
  • Research must be conducted by a student at a college or university in the US

Application will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Originality of research project concept.
  • Soundness of research project design.
  • Quality/clarity of research as detailed in the application.
  • Perceived value of the research project to composting industry.
  • Overall quality and completeness of application.

Submission Opens: Immediately

Application Deadline: June 30, 2017
Recipient of the scholarship will be awarded funds to support their research and education. Recipient may also be invited to attend the USCC 2018 Annual Conference in Atlanta to display a research poster.

All materials must be submitted, by the deadline, to

Funded Projects

Meet Russell Galanti, This Year’s Young Investigator Scholarship Winner

Russell is from Maryland originally and got his undergraduate degree in Horticulture Science from Temple University in Pennsylvania. He is now completing his Master's in Tropical Plant and Soil Science at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He plans to continue his research in improving agro-ecosystem cultural management under the context of sustainable agriculture.
Russell’s project is focusing on looking at the effect of five locally sourced soil amendments on plant health and production and soil properties in macadamia orchards. The treatments are wood chip mulch, macadamia husk mulch, husk mulch with biochar, husk mulch with lactic acid bacteria inoculation, and soil profiling. He is looking at tree yield, root growth, and tissue nitrogen, as well as soil organic matter, soil nitrogen, pH and electrical conductivity. This project focuses on protecting Hawaii's limited natural resources, reducing the need for external resources. A cost benefit analysis will also be performed to determine the economic suitability of such treatments

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