2016 in Savannah, Georgia

2015 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

2014 in Boise, Idaho

2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana

2012 in Columbus, Ohio

2011 in St. Louis, Missouri

2010 in Providence, Rhode Island



Preparing Leaders and Nurturing Tomorrow's Scientists
Undergraduate Travel Awards:  Enhancing Diversity at the Botanical Society of America Conferences

We are pleased to announce the PLANTS program funded by the National Science Foundation and Botanical Society of America to bring talented and diverse undergraduates to the BOTANY 2019 meeting on July 27-31, 2019 in Tucson, Arizona.

Congratulations to the 2018 awardees!

The PLANTS program (Preparing Leaders and Nurturing Tomorrow’s Scientists: Increasing the diversity of plant scientists) will fund up to 12 undergraduates from throughout the US and Puerto Rico (we are unable to accept applications from international students) to attend the meeting, receive mentoring from graduate students, postdocs and faculty, and participate in networking events including the Diversity Luncheon and career-oriented activities.  The program covers the normal costs of travel, registration, and food and accommodation at the meeting. Participants are required to attend the entire meeting, including at least 3 scientific talks per day with a mentor, as well as certain professional development and networking activities.   An overview of the scientific conference will be available January 1 at:

APPLICATIONS: The next round of Applications will be accepted beginning January 15 and due by MARCH 1, 2019 and include completion of the online form providing your statement of interest, a letter of recommendation, and unofficial transcripts. Applications are welcome from all undergraduates from the US and Puerto Rico (we are unable to accept applications from international students) who have interest in plant science; the admissions goal is to create a diverse pool of students. The application form is located online at We encourage you to review the online form thoroughly before filling it out. Please have letters of recommendation and unofficial transcripts sent directly to Heather Cacanindin at

MENTORS: In addition, we are soliciting names of graduate students, postdocs and faculty members who would like to serve as mentors during the meeting.  Mentors work with PLANTS students and attend talks with them, introduce them to colleagues, network and generally make the meetings a welcoming place for them.  Although costs are not covered for mentors, it is a very rewarding experience to mentor this group of students. Contact Anna Monfils ( if you are interested in serving as a mentor.

CONTACTS: For further inquiries, please contact one of the organizers:
Anna Monfils --
Heather Cacanindin  --

DEADLINE: March 1, 2019

Topics range across all levels of botany and include talks on conservation, biodiversity, plant genomics, evolution, plant systematics, and botanical education. There are also a number of social functions, specifically targeted at students for networking and fun. The meetings are a great way to understand the breadth of botanical research and education, to meet undergraduate and graduate students with similar interests, and to network with professionals in your area of interest. This is really a friendly community, so please consider joining us!

The application form is located online at

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2016 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 grants and mentoring for these students.
Timothy Batz, California State Polytechnic University, Advisor: Dr. Bharti Sharma
Janet Mansaray, Howard University, Advisor: Dr. Janelle Burke
Corey Milligan, Harris-Stowe State University, Advisor: Dr. Thomas Brown
Brooke Palmer, Colorado State University, Advisor: Dr. Stacey Smith
Vivianna Sanchez, Mount St. Mary's University, Advisor: Dr. Adriane Jones
Jaime Schwoch, Portland State University, Advisor: Dr. Mitch Cruzan
Evelyn Valdez-Rangel, University of Houston-Downtown, Advisor: Dr. Michael Tobin
Rebecca Valls, Florida International University, Advisor: Dr. Eric von Wettberg
Nathan Vega, California State University-Fullerton, Advisor: Dr. Joshua Der
Monica Warner, California State University - Dominguez Hills, Advisor: Dr. Kathryn Thiess
Shan Wong, Florida International University, Advisor: Dr. Hong Liu

2015 BSA PLANTS Grant Recipients
Alicia Butko, Widener University, Advisor: Dr. Kate Goodrich
Emma Fryer, Humboldt State University, Advisors: Drs. Michael Mesler and Alexandru Tomescu
Patrick Gallagher, The College of New Jersey, Advisor: Dr. Wendy Clement
Jose Miguel Hernandez Ochoa, University of Wisconsin, Advisor: Dr. Juan Zalapa
Angelina Viviana Martinez, University of Florida, Advisors: Drs. Christine Davis and Pamela Soltis
Jesus Medina, California State University - Los Angeles, Advisor: Dr. Craig Barrett
Madeline Metten, University of Northern Colorado, Advisor: Dr. Mitchel McGlaughlin
Andre Naranjo, University of Miami, Advisor: Dr. Barbara Whitlock
Chelsea Pretz, Harris-Stowe State University, Advisors: Drs. John MacDougal and Allison Miller
Mercedes Santiago, Kansas State University, Advisor: Dr. Carolyn Ferguson
Maryan Sedaghatpour, George Mason University, Advisors: Drs. Jorid van der Ham and Andrea Weeks
Gary Sur, University of Hawaii - Hilo, Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Stacy
Imena Valdes, Florida International University, Advisor: Dr. Suzanne Koptur
Joshua Wiese, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Advisor: Dr. Bryan Drew

2014 BSA PLANTS Grant Recipients
Marilyn Creer, Alabama A&M University, Advisor: Dr. Tatiana Kukhtareva
Gemma Dugan, Bucknell University, Advisor: : Dr. Chris Martine
Shawna Faulkner, Humboldt University, Advisor: : Dr. Alexandru Tomescu
Michelle Garcia, University of Texas-El Paso, Advisor: Dr. Michael Moody
Aidee Guzman, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Advisor: Dr. Eve Emshwiller
Timothy Hieger, University of Kansas, Advisor: Dr. Thomas N. Taylor
Shayla Hobbs, University of Illinois, Advisor: Dr. Tina M. Knox
Michelle Jackson, Smith College, Advisor: Dr. Jesse Bellemare
Claudia Christine Marin, University of Califormia Riverside, Advisor: Dr. Milton McGiffen
Sean Pena, Florida International University, Advisor: Dr. Suzanne Koptur
David Pozo Garces, Central Michigan State University, Advisor: Dr. Anna Monfils
Yisu Santamarina, Florida International University, Advisor: Dr. Bradley Bennett
Samuel Torpey, University of Idaho, Advisor: Dr. David Tank

2013 BSA PLANTs Grant Recipients
Richard Shawn Abrahams, University of Florida, Advisor: Dr. Stuart McDaniel
Dayvis Blasini, Northern Illinois University, Advisor: Dr. Pamela Geddes
Laquita Bolden, Cleveland State University, Advisor: Dr. Modney
Bianca Bonilla, Florida International University, Advisor: Dr. Bradley Bennett
Joyce Chery, Cornell University, Advisor: Dr. Melissa Luckow
Jessel Gutierrez, Texas A&M International University, Advisor: University, Dr. Jim Cohen
Elizabeth McWilliams, Oregon State University, Advisor: Dr. Richard Halse
Livingstone Nganga, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Advisor: Bethany K. Zolman
Angelica Nunez, University of California-Riverside, Advisor: Dr. Louis Santiago
Crista O'Conner, University of Idaho, Advisor: Dr. David Tank
Anthony Parson, Humboldt State University, Advisor: Dr. Jacquelyn Bolman
Hevony Rodriguez, Texas A&M International University, Advisor: Dr. Jim Cohen
Angel Rogers, Howard University, Advisor: Dr. Hemayut Ullah
De Ana Smalls, Howard University, Advisor: Dr. Hemayut Ullah
David Sycle II, Central Michigan University, Advisor: Dr. Brad Swanson

2012 BSA PLANTs Grant Recipients
Dominique Alvis, University of Maryland-Baltimore - Advisor, Dr. Mauricio Bustos
Haydee Borrero, Florida International University - Advisor, Dr. Suzanne Koptur
Maria Friedman, Humboldt State University - Advisor, Dr. Erik Jules
Erin Fujimoto, University of Hawaii at Manoa - Advisor, Dr. Tom Ranker
Victoria Hanna, University of California-Irvine - Advisor, Dr. Kailen Mooney
Sean Gershaneck, University of Hawai'i at Manoa - Advisor, Dr. Pattie Dunn
Lauren Gonzalez, University of New Orleans - Advisor, Dr. Charles Bell
Alexandria Igwe, Howard University - Advisor, Dr. Mary McKenna
Caprice Lee, University of California-Davis, Dr. Sharman O'Neill
Jamie Minnaert-Grote, George Mason University - Advisor, Dr. Andrea Weeks
Rylan Sprague, Black Hills State University - Advisor, Dr. Benjamin van Ee
Brittany Stallworth, Howard University - Advisor, Dr. Mary McKenna
Dori Thompson, Texas State University - San Marcos - Advisor, Dr. Garland Upchurch

2011 BSA PLANTs Grant Recipients
Brian Atkinson, Ohio University, Advisor: Dr. Gar Rothwell
Betsabe Castro, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras
James McDaniel, Lynchburg College, Advisor: Dr. Nancy Cowden
Irma Ortiz, UCLA, Advisor: Dr. Ann Hirsch
Amber Paasch, California State University, LA  
Barbara Putnam, Delta State University, Advisor: Dr. Nina Baghai-Riding
Jon Richey, Texas State University, San Marcos, Advisor: Dr. Gary Upchurch
Katherine Toll, University of Miami
Clayton Visger, California State University - Sacramento

Undergaduate Mentoring in Environmental Biology (UMEB)

Prior to the PLANTs Program, the BSA provided support to under-represented students via the Undergaduate Mentoring in Environmental Biology (UMEB) Program. Here are the recipients of this NSF funded program.

2009 BSA UMEB Grant Recipients
Cassandra L Coleman

2008 BSA UMEB Grant Recipients
Antionette Gray
Laura Super
Iman Sylvain

2007 BSA UMEB Grant Recipients
Stanita Jackson
Adel Pena
Chevon Marsh
Rita Richardson

2006 BSA UMEB Grant Recipients
Gustavo Armaiz
Kristen E Baird
Andrew J Blackwell
Stephanie Day
Lisa Hoang
Michelle Hulett
Harry Lopez Rosado
Elizabeth Ortiz Huerta
Jose Pena

2005 BSA UMEB Grant Recipients
Derrick Fowler
Angel Jurado
Chris Lane
Daniel Stanton
C. Pascale Williams

2004 BSA UMEB Grant Recipients
Vanessa Forbes
Patrick J Hudson
Dennis Hildalgo
Talline Robadey
Eillen J Rodriquez
Chamary Vergara

2003 BSA UMEB Grant Recipients
Veder Garcia
Renee Lopez-Smith
Dawn Morningstar
Karla Paiz
Karla Cortez