The award was presented at the 2002 annual meetings of the American Society of Agronomy, the Crop Science Society of America and the Soil Science Society of America in Indianapolis.
Oosterhuis, an internationally recognized expert on the growth and development of the cotton plant, has published numerous research papers and speaks frequently on the subjects of potassium deficiency, foliar fertilization, drought tolerance and plant growth regulation.
He has served as chairman of the C-2 Crop Physiology and Metabolism Division and the Arkansas Cotton Research Group. He is an advisor to cotton boards in three countries and a member of two United Nations/Food and Agriculture Organization committees on growth regulators and nutrition.
He earned his B.S. degree from Natal University, his M.S. degree from the University of Reading and his Ph.D. degree from Utah State University. He is a member of the faculty of the Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences at the University of Arkansas.