John E. & Elizabeth B. Ross Science Writing Scholarship

Dr. John Ross completed his MS degree in 1949 in Agricultural Journalism and his PhD in Mass Communications in 1954 at UW-Madison. John was one of the first students to receive a PhD in mass communication from the university.
He was hired as a faculty member following his studies and taught as a faculty member in Agricultural Journalism and Environmental Studies at UW-Madison from 1954-1993. His research focused on the role of information in controversial environmental issues, the process of decision-making in developing environmental policies, and attitudes on resource exploitation. Elizabeth “Beth” Basler Ross was born in Oregon where she attended the University of Oregon in Eugene. She graduated with an English degree in 1949 and became a school teacher before marrying John and moving to Madison. She co-authored with John, the book, “Prairies Time, the Leopold Reserve Revisited.”

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Eligibility Criteria
Awarded to CALS undergraduate students majoring in Life Sciences Communication. Recipients must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

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College of Agricultural and Life Sciences