Distinguished Alumnus 1999
Dr. David R. Shaw


Dr. David R. Shaw, Starkville, Miss., was born in Water Valley, Miss., in 1959. He graduated from Rush Springs High School.

In 1981 he received his bachelors in agriculture from Cameron where he was active in the Aggie Club, Agronomy Club, Collegiate FFA, the President's Club and Phi Kappa Phi. His memories of Cameron include the faculty members who played an important role in molding his career. He also says, "I remember living at Shepler Center where I met his wife, learned so much about making friends and interacting with others and had a good time doing it."

He received his masters in agronomy-weed science and doctorate in crop science-weed science from Oklahoma State University. During his graduate education, he was named Outstanding Graduate Student by the Weed Science Society of America, the agronomy department and OSU.

Shaw began teaching at Mississippi State University in 1985 and has been a professor of weed science since 1992. In 1999 he was named the William L. Giles Distinguished Professor of Weed Science and is director of the university's Remote Sensing Technologies Center. He is a member of the graduate faculty and has directed graduate studies as the major advisor of 28 masters and 16 doctoral candidates. He has been awarded research grants totaling nearly $17 million.

His research areas include studies of the movement and persistence of herbicides in various cropping systems, precision weed management, and control of weeds in soybeans and wheat. He is author or coauthor with his students and colleagues of more than 100 articles in refereed journals and experiment station bulletins. He has presented more than 200 research-related papers at professional meetings.

Included among the numerous honors which he has received are Outstanding Young Weed Scientist by the Southern Weed Science Society in 1994, Outstanding Young Weed Scientist by The Weed Science Society of America in 1996, and Southern Weed Science Society Outstanding Teacher in 1998. Alpha Zeta, the honor society of agriculture, presented him with the Outstanding Advisor award in 1994.

He is a member of more than a dozen professional and honorary societies including Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Xi, Gamma Sigma Delta, The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology, American Society of Agronomy, Weed Science Society of America, and the Southern and Mississippi Weed Science Societies.

Shaw is a deacon and active member of his church.