CCREF Young Investigator Scholarship

The CCREF has founded a Young Investigator Scholarship to focus on supporting undergraduate through PhD students, from a college or university in the United States, conducting research 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, nutrient content, reducing erosion and water pollution.

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: August 31, 2016
Recipient of the scholarship will be awarded funds to support their research and education. The recipient be invited to display a research posted at the USCC Conference in 2017.

All materials must be submitted, by the deadline, to

Funded Projects

Vermont College Student’s Biochar Project Wins Young Investigator Scholarship

Brandon Erny, of Milwaukee, WI, a student at Sterling College in Craftsbury, VT was selected from 17 applicants for 2014-2015. He will receive $2,500 toward his research project on the impact of biochar on nutrient retention in compost.

Brandon’s study, “Investigating the use of biochar to increase nutrient retention in compost-production, and following compost spreading”, will test the role of biochar, charcoal used for soil amendment purposes, on retaining soil nutrients that normally escape in the compost process. Erny is compost manager at Sterling College, and is studying carpentry and sustainable design.

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