BSA Undergraduate Student Research Awards

Purpose and Eligibility

This award is designed to promote undergraduate student research in the botanical sciences in conjunction with our efforts to highlight the plant sciences as a study and/or career option. We see this as a simple and effective way of promoting your research, your lab, your university and your passion for the botanical sciences. It is meant to be a fun and informative activity.

To be eligible, one must be a student member of the Botanical Society of America (BSA), a registered undergraduate student, have a faculty research advisor who is also a member of the BSA, and not have won the award previously. Please note: Award Recipients will be eligible to participate in the BSA Graduate Student Research Award program as a Graduate Student.

The BSA provides up to seven, $200 awards in this group, acknowledging the importance of an undergraduate student research experience (including proposal/grant writing skills).


Call for Award Nominations - January 1 - March 15, 2017

Award Level and Announcement
It is anticipated that 10 awards will be given this year. The award will provide $200 to support each recipient’s research proposal. Up to three "proposals of excelence" may be eligible to receive $200. The award winners will be posted online, noted in the Plant Science Bulletin and announced at the BSA banquet held in conjunction with the Botany 2017 meeting in Fort Worth, Texas.

Please note: All winning proposals will be peer-reviewed for accuracy and placed online as part of the BSA "BOTANY - science from students' perspectives" portfolio. Judges will make decisions on proposals as they come in. Winning proposals will go online immediately following peer review.




Proposal Guidelines
The application shall consist of:

  1. Title page - must include: title of proposal, name of student, student’s institutional and departmental affiliation, year of student’s study, and student’s sectional affiliation within BSA.
  2. A narrative - must be between 1,200 - 2,000 words, which includes a description of the research, including appropriate conceptual background, purpose or objective, brief outline of methodology, the potential contribution or significance to an area of the botanical sciences, and a bibliography. The narrative should be written in Microsoft Word in Times New Roman 11 point font.
  3. Images/Videos - As successful applications become part of the "BOTANY - science from students' perspectives" portfolio, we strongly encourage you to support your written narrative with images. Images are to be emailed directly to the BSA office and must be of high quality in a size range from 1-5 MB. We will also support links to videos placed on YouTube. In fact, we encourage you to use a multi-media approach to show the wonders of science.
  4. Budget - (one page maximum) detailing how the funds would be used.
  5. A letter of support - (one page maximum) from the student’s research advisor.

Submissions
Proposals and supporting letters must be received between January 1 and March 15, 2017.
Submit required materials by email as a PDF file(s) to ugsra@botany.org.

The SUBJECT line must read: 2017_UGSRA_YourLastName_YourFirstInitial (I.e. 2016_UGSRA_Jones_J)
Please ensure your advisors and/or those writing support letters to use your subject format and the ugsra@botany.org email address.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions - bsa-manager@botany.org.

Student members are encouraged to contribute to the Undergraduate Student Research Award program through the BSA web site. Please contact the Executive Director for further details (WDahl@Botany.org).



2016 BSA Undergraduate Student Research Awards
Christie Dang, Creighton University - Advisor, Dr. Mackenzie Taylor, Post-pollination development in the hydrophilous species Stuckenia pectinata (Potamogetonaceae)
Anna Hakkenberg, University of Richmond - Advisor, Dr. Carrie Wu, Genetic patterns of introduction during the emerging invasion of wavyleaf basketgrass (Oplismenus undulatifolius) into U.S. Mid-Atlantic forest understories
María del Pilar Herrera, San Marcos University - Advisor, Dr. Julien Bachelier, Comparative development of extremely dimorphic male and female reproductive structures in Orthopterygium huaucui, a very rare and highly endemic dioecious genus of Anacardiaceae
Elizabeth Leo, Towson University - Advisor, Dr. Laura Gough, Bioavailability and Trophic Transfer of Heavy Metal Soil Contaminants in Urban Gardens in Baltimore, MD.
Nathan Luftman, Bucknell University - Advisors, Drs. Christopher T. Martine and Jason Cantley, Chenopodium "Moloka'i" (Amaranthaceae): A potential new species on the Hawaiian Island Moloka'i
Kendall Major, University of Memphis - Advisor, Dr. Jennifer Mandel, Genetic Diversity and Population Structure in the Clonal Plant Trillium recurvatum
Yu-Ling Shih, Da-Yeh University - Advisors, Dr. Pei-Luen Lu, Botanical Biodiversity of Long Lellang, Sarawak, Malaysia
Austin Szubryt, Southern Illinois University - Carbondale - Advisor, Dr. Kurt Neubig, The golden rule for goldentops: using phylogenetics to classify Euthamia (Asteraceae)

 

2015 BSA Undergraduate Student Research Awards
Alexander C. Bippus, Humboldt State University - Advisor, Dr. Alexandru M.F. Tomescu, Exploring phylogenetic relationships in the Polytrichaceae (Bryophyta) using fossils and morphology
Nicolas Diaz, Bucknell University - Advisor, Dr. Christopher T. Martine, Determining the invasive potential of cultivated Ilex opaca
Emma Frawley, Bucknell University - Advisors, Drs. Christopher T. Martine and Ingrid Jordon-Thaden, Solanum “bullita”: The Biological and Political Processes of Defining a New Species
Laryssa Gavala, Bucknell University - Advisor, Dr. Christopher T. Martine, Effect of Fire on Seed Germination in Solanum beaugleholei
Daniel Hayes, Bucknell University - Advisors, Drs. Christopher T. Martine and Ingrid Jordon-Thaden, Flow Cytometric Seed Screen of the Apomictic Alpine Mustard, Draba oligosperma Hook, from the North American Cordillera
Jens Johnson, University of Washington - Advisor, Dr. Verónica S. Di Stilio, Mechanisms of Polyploidy and their Effect on Flower Diversification
L. Mae Lacey, Bucknell University - Advisors, Drs. Christopher T. Martine and Elizabeth Capaldi, Exploring the potential for Solanum fruit ingestion and seed dispersal by macropod species in the Northern Territory, Australia
Sean Peña, Florida International University - Advisor, Dr. Suzanne Koptur, Diurnal and nocturnal pollination of the rough-leaf velvetseed, Guettarda scabra (Rubiaceae)
Amanda M. Salvi, University of Michigan—Ann Arbor - Advisors, Dr. Selena Y. Smith, Effect of canopy shading on morphology, physiology, and self-shading in spiral gingers (Costus)

 

2014 BSA Undergraduate Student Research Awards
The BSA Undergraduate Student Research Awards support undergarduate student research and are made on the basis of research proposals and letters of recommendation. The 2013 award recipients are:
Meredith R. Breeden, Fort Lewis College - Advisor, Dr. Ross A. McCauley, Pollination biology of the narrow endemic Ipomopsis ramosa, in Roaring Fork Canyon, CO
Alice Butler, Bucknell University - Advisors, Drs. Chris Martine and Ingrid Jordon-Thaden, Floral Development in Solanum sejunctum and Solanum asymmetriphyllum
Matthew Galliart, Kansas State University - Advisor, Dr. Loretta Johnson, Long-term field selection of big bluestem ecotypes in reciprocal gardens planted across the Great Plains precipitation gradient
Ian Gilman, Bucknell University - Advisors, Drs. Chris Martine and Ingrid Jordon-Thaden, Field botany and population genetics of Draba L. (Brassicaceae) in the Rocky Mountains
Morgan Roche, Bucknell University - Advisors, Drs. Chris Martine and Ingrid Jordon-Thaden, Genetic Diversity Within and Among Species of Dioecious Australian Solanum
Dylan D. Sedmak, Ohio State University - Advisor, Dr. John Freudenstein, Fungal Variability and Habitat Correspondence in the North American Orchid Cypripedium acaule Ait.
Kayla Ventura, University of Florida - Advisor, Dr. Pamela Soltis, Identifying the Cellular Component of Flower Size Differences in Gilia (Polemoniaceae) Associated with Changes in Pollinators

 

2013 BSA Undergraduate Student Research Awards
The BSA Undergraduate Student Research Awards support undergarduate student research and are made on the basis of research proposals and letters of recommendation. The 2013 award recipients are:
Gemma Dugan, Bucknell University - Advisor, Dr. Chris Martine, Insect selection of dioecious Australian Solanum
Anna Freundlich, Bucknell University - Advisor, Dr. Chris Martine, Effects of Invasive Species on Riparian Communities in the Susquehanna
Alexandra Boni, Bucknell University - Advisor, Dr. Chris Martine, Genetic variation within and among populations of dioecious Solanum in Northern Australia
Margarita Hernandez, University of Florida - Advisor, Dr. Pamela S. Soltis, Phylogeny Reconstruction and Character Mapping in Leptosiphon
Caitlin Maraist, Portland State University - Advisor, Dr. Mitch Cruzan, Phenotypic plasticity in functional traits related to water use between native and invasive populations of Brachypodium sylvaticum (false brome)
Theresa Ann Barosh, Willamette University - Advisors, Dr. Susan Kephart and Kathryn Theiss, Herbivory and Pollination: Examining the relationship between galling and pollinator visitation in Camassia (Agavaceae)

 

2012 BSA Undergraduate Student Research Awards
The BSA Undergraduate Student Research Awards support undergarduate student research and are made on the basis of research proposals and letters of recommendation. The 2012 award recipients are:
Jenna Annis, Eastern Illinois University, - Advisor, Dr. Janice M. Coons, Evaluating Seed Ecology of Federally Threatened Pinguicula ionantha (Godfrey’s butterwort)
Ian A. Harkreader, Drake University, - Advisor, Dr. Nanci Ross, Pollination Biology and Habitat Preference of a rare native lily, Lilium michiganense
Hillary Karbowski, Central Michigan University, - Advisor, Dr. Anna K. Monfils, Local abiotic factors and plant assemblages: An investigation into prairie fen biodiversity
Caprice Lee, University of California, Davis, - Advisor, Dr. Sharman Diane O’Neill, Novel embryological study of Vanilla planifolia using confocal scanning laser microscopy
Tess Nugent, University of Michigan, - Advisor, Dr. Selena Y. Smith, Investigating potential causes for variation in δ13C discrimination in Ginkgo biloba
Jennifer O’Brien, Eastern Illinois University, - Advisor, Dr. Janice M. Coons, Enhancing Seed Germination and Determining the Seed Bank of the Federally Threatened Scutellaria floridana
Bryan Thompson, State University of New York at Plattsburgh, - Advisor, Dr. Chris Martine, Hydroponic Technology: The Future of Farming and its Ecological Benefits - Growth rate response and productivity of Ocimum basilicum and super beefsteak tomato within a soilless environment compared to a soil environment

 

2011 BSA Undergraduate Student Research Awards
The BSA Undergraduate Student Research Awards support undergarduate student research and are made on the basis of research proposals and letters of recommendation. The 2011 award recipients are:
Keri L Caudle, Fort Hays State University, - Advisor, Dr. Brian R. Maricle
Jennifer Collins, SUNY Plattsburgh, - Advisor, Dr. Christopher T. Martine
Jacqueline Rice, University of Florida, - Advisor, Dr. Pamela Soltis
Eric Taber, Colgate University, - Advisor, Dr. Eddie Watkins
Megan Ward, SUNY Plattsburgh, - Advisor, Dr. Christopher T. Martine

 

2010 BSA Undergraduate Student Research Award Recipients
The BSA Undergraduate Student Research Awards support undergarduate student research and are made on the basis of research proposals and letters of recommendation. The 2010 award recipients are:
Amanda Bieber, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, - Advisor, Dr. Lytton Musselman, Molecular identification of potentially invasive Cuscuta in Brunei Darussalam
Sasha Dow-Kitson, SUNY Plattsburgh, Plattsburgh, NY, - Advisor, Dr. Chris Martine, Reproductive biology of Hydrocharis morsus-ranae in Lake Champlain, a likely source population for the next region-wide aquatic plant invasion
Elizabeth Lavoie, SUNY Plattsburgh, Plattsburgh, NY, - Advisor, Dr. Chris Martine, A new species of wild eggplant, with implications for the evolution of a rare breeding system
Heather Meyer, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY - Advisor, Dr. Kenneth Karol, A phylogenetic and morphological analysis on the current taxonomic scheme of Nitella flexilis L.
Alexander R. Scharf, SUNY Plattsburgh, Plattsburgh, NY, - Advisor, Dr. Chris Martine, Chromosome number in Solanum sejunctum: The potential role of polyploidy in the origin of an Australian dioecious species
Paige Swanson, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, - Advisor, Dr. Pam Diggle, The Role of Branching Control Genes in Mimulus guttatus
Wes Testo, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY, - Advisor, Dr. James E. Watkins, Jr., Desiccation tolerance and calcium requirements of gametophytes of American Hart’s-Tongue Fern, Phyllitis scolopendrium var. americana