Botanical Society of America Awards Recipients 2020

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 awards provided by the Botanical Society of America. Here we provide recognition for outstanding efforts and contributions to the science of botany. We thank you for your support of these programs.

Given by SECTIONS   Given by SECTIONS

Awards for Established Scientists

Distinguished Fellow of the Botanical Society of America
The "Distinguished Fellow of the Botanical Society of America" is the highest honor our Society bestows. Each year, the award committee solicits nominations, evaluates candidates, and selects those to receive an award. Awardees are chosen based on their outstanding contributions to the mission of our scientific Society. The committee identifies recipients who have demonstrated excellence in basic research, education, public policy, or who have provided exceptional service to the professional botanical community, or who may have made contributions to a combination of these categories.

Candace Galen, University of Missouri

James Leebans-Mack, University of Georgia

Charles Edwin Bessey Teaching Award (BSA in association with the Teaching Section and Education Committee)

To Be Announced 

Darbaker Prize
The Darbaker Prize in Phycology is given each year in memory of Dr. Leasure K. Darbaker. It is presented to a resident of North America for meritorious work in the study of microscopic algae based on papers published in English by the nominee during the last two full calendar years. This year The Darbaker Award for meritorious work on microscopic algae is presented to:

To Be Announced 

BSA Corresponding Members Award
Corresponding members are distinguished senior scientists who have made outstanding contributions to plant science and who live and work outside of the United States of America. Corresponding members are nominated by the Council, which reviews recommendations and credentials submitted by members, and elected by the membership at the annual BSA business meeting. Corresponding members have all the privileges of life-time members. 

To Be Announced 


Donald R. Kaplan Memorial Lecture

To Be Announced 

Jeanette Siron Pelton Award
The Jeanette Siron Pelton Award is given for sustained and imaginative productivity in the field of experimental plant morphology.

To Be Announced 

The Grady L. and Barbara D. Webster Structural Botany Publication Award
This award was established in 2006 by Dr. Barbara D. Webster, Grady’s wife, and Dr. Susan V. Webster, his daughter, to honor the life and work of Dr. Grady L. Webster. After Barbara's passing in 2018, the award was renamed to recognize her contributions to this field of study. The American Society of Plant Taxonomists and the Botanical Society of America are pleased to join together in honoring both Grady and Barbara Webster. In odd years, the BSA gives out this award and in even years, the award is provided by the ASPT.

To Be Announced 

The BSA Developing Nations Travel Grants

To Be Announced 

The BSA Professional Member Travel Grants

To Be Announced 

Awards for Established Scientists - Given by the Sections

Margaret Menzel Award (Genetics Section)
The Margaret Menzel Award is presented by the Genetics Section for the outstanding paper presented in the contributed papers sessions of the annual meetings.

To Be Announced 

Samuel Noel Postlethwait Award
(Teaching Section)
The Samuel Noel Postlethwait Award is given for outstanding service to the BSA Teaching Section.

To Be Announced 

Edgar T. Wherry Award
(Pteridological Section and the American Fern Society)
The Edgar T. Wherry Award is given for the best paper presented during the contributed papers session of the Pteridological Section. This award is in honor of Dr. Wherry’s many contributions to the floristics and patterns of evolution in ferns.

To Be Announced 

Awards for Early Career Scientists

BSA Emerging Leaders Award

To Be Announced 

BSA Public Policy Award
The Public Policy Award was established in 2012 to support the development of of tomorrow's leaders and a better understanding of this critical area.

To Be Announced

Botany Advocacy Leadership Grant
This award organized by the Environmental and Public Policy Committees of BSA and ASPT aims to support local efforts that contribute to shaping public policy on issues relevant to plant sciences.

Nina House, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, For the Proposal: Assessing Grazing Impacts on Remote Montane Meadows in the Sourthern Sierra Nevada, Tulare County, California


Out-Going BSA President

Andrea Wolfe

Out-Going Director-at-Large for Development

Ned Friedman

Out-Going Director-at-Large for Human Development

Ann Sakai

Out-Going BSA Student Representative to the Board

Ya Min

Awards for Students

The BSA Graduate Student Research Award including the J. S. Karling Award
The BSA Graduate Student Research Awards support graduate student research and are made on the basis of research proposals and letters of recommendations. Withing the award group is the Karling Graduate Student Research Award. This award was instituted by the Society in 1997 with funds derived through a generous gift from the estate of the eminent mycologist, John Sidney Karling (1897-1994), and supports and promotes graduate student research in the botanical sciences. The 2019 award recipients are:

The J. S. Karling Graduate Student Research Award

To Be Announced 

The BSA Graduate Student Research Awards

To Be Announced 


Vernon I. Cheadle Student Travel Awards (BSA in association with the Developmental and Structural Section)

This award was named in honor of the memory and work of Dr. Vernon I. Cheadle.

To Be Announced 

Triarch "Botanical Images" Student Travel Awards
This award provides acknowledgement and travel support to BSA meetings for outstanding student work coupling digital images (botanical) with scientific explanations/descriptions designed for the general public.

To Be Announced 

The BSA Undergraduate Student Research Awards
The BSA Undergraduate Student Research Awards support undergraduate student research and are made on the basis of research proposals and letters of recommendation.

Michael Daines, Brigham Young University-Idaho, For the Proposal: Distribution of Astragalus amnis-amissi, a Plant Endemic to East-Central Idaho

Aaliyah Holliday, Cornell University, For the Proposal: Evolution of the Monocot Inflorescence

Jonathan Hayes, Bucknell University, For the Proposal: Genetic diversity & connectivity of Chasmanthium latifolium (Poaceae) in Pennsylvania & the effect on conservation status

I. Jason Rose, Cornell University, For the Proposal: Inflorescence Structure And Development In Liliales: What Is The Ancestral State Of The Liliales Order?

Diamanda Zizis, Bucknell University, For the Proposal: Solanum dioicum and Solanum ultraspinosum: A morphometric analysis of hybrid offspring from parents with different breeding systems

The BSA Young Botanist Awards
The purpose of these awards is to offer individual recognition to outstanding graduating seniors in the plant sciences and to encourage their participation in the Botanical Society of America.

Ava Adler, Oberlin College, Advisor: Dr. Michael J. Moore

Ariel Antoine, Bucknell University, Advisor: Dr. Christopher T. Martine

Sarah Ashlock, University of California, Santa Cruz, Advisor: Dr. Kathleen M. Kay

Jeannine Barr, Indiana University Southeast, Advisor: Dr. David Winship Taylor

Michele Beadle, College of Saint Benedict, Advisor: Dr. Stephen G. Saupe

Grace Brock, Miami University, Advisor: Dr. Robert L. Baker

Jennifer Davis, Bucknell University, Advisor: Dr. Christopher T. Martine

Rosemary Glos, Cornell University, Advisor: Dr. Shayla Salzman

Aaron Lee, The College of New Jersey, Advisor: Dr. Wendy Clement

Luisa McGarvey, Oberlin College, Advisor: Dr. Michael J. Moore

Grace McGee, Connecticut College, Advisor: Dr. Chad Jones

Samantha Mehl, Miami University, Advisor: Richard C. Moore

Elise Miller, College of Saint Benedict, Advisor: Dr. Stephen G. Saupe

Eastyn Newsome, Miami University, Advisor: Dr. Robert L. Baker

Lydia Soifer, Davidson College, Advisor: Dr. Christopher Thawley

Alexis Sullivan, Weber State University, Advisor: Dr. Bridget E. Hilbig

The BSA PLANTS Grant Recipients
The PLANTS (Preparing Leaders and Nurturing Tomorrow’s Scientists: Increasing the diversity of plant scientists) program recognizes outstanding undergraduates from diverse backgrounds and provides travel grant.

Christina Andreski, Plymouth State University, Advisor: Diana Jolles

Juan Angulo, University of Georgia, Advisor: James Leebens-Mack

Sarah Ashlock, University of California, Santa Cruz, Advisor: Kathleen Kay

Trinity Depatie, Florida Atlantic University, Advisor: James K. Wetterer

Kandiss Dowdell, Montana State University Billings, Advisor: Jason Comer

Miyauna Incarnato, The College of Wooster, Advisor: Jennifer Ison

Maia Jones, California Academy of Sciences, Advisor: Nathalie Nagalingum

Sofia Ocampo, Florida International University, Advisor: Suzanne Koptur

Michelle Pham, University of California, Los Angeles, Advisor: James Cohen

Irving Rose, Cornell University, Advisor: Chelsea D. Specht

Vida Svahnstrom, University of St Andrews, Advisor: Susan Healy

Awards for Students - Given by the Sections

Genetics Section Student Research Awards
Genetics Section Student Research Awards provide $500 for research funding and an additional $500 for attendance at a future BSA meeting.

To Be Announced 

Isabel Cookson Award (Paleobotanical Section)
Established in 1976, the Isabel Cookson Award recognizes the best student paper presented in the Paleobotanical Section

To Be Announced 

Katherine Esau Award (Developmental and Structural Section)
This award was established in 1985 with a gift from Dr. Esau and is augmented by ongoing contributions from Section members. It is given to the graduate student who presents the outstanding paper in developmental and structural botany at the annual meeting.

To Be Announced 

Physiological Section Li-COR Prize

To Be Announced 

Physiological Section Student Presentation Award

To Be Announced 

Maynard Moseley Award (Developmental & Structural and Paleobotanical Sections)
The Maynard F. Moseley Award was established in 1995 to honor a career of dedicated teaching, scholarship, and service to the furtherance of the botanical sciences. Dr. Moseley, known to his students as “Dr. Mo”, died Jan. 16, 2003 in Santa Barbara, CA, where he had been a professor since 1949. He was widely recognized for his enthusiasm for and dedication to teaching and his students, as well as for his research using floral and wood anatomy to understand the systematics and evolution of angiosperm taxa, especially waterlilies. (PSB, Spring, 2003). The award is given to the best student paper, presented in either the Paleobotanical or Developmental and Structural sessions, that advances our understanding of plant structure in an evolutionary context.

To Be Announced 

Ecological Section Student Presentation Award

To Be Announced 

Ecological Section Poster Awards

To Be Announced 

Genetics Section Student Presentation Award

To Be Announced 

A. J. Sharp Award - ABLS/Bryological and Lichenological Section

To Be Announced 

Developmental & Structural Section Student Travel Awards

To Be Announced 

Ecological Section Student Travel Awards

To Be Announced 

Economic Botany Section Student Travel Awards

To Be Announced 

Genetics Section Student Travel Awards

To Be Announced 

Pteridological Section & American Fern Society Student Travel Awards

To Be Announced