Botany 2022 - Anchorage, Alaska

Botany 2021 - Virtual!

2020 PLANTS RecipientsBotany 2020 - Virtual!

2018 BSA PLANTS Grant Recipients
2018 in Rochester, Minnesota

2017 BSA PLANTS Grant Recipients
2017 in Fort Worth, Texas

  Botany and Beyond: PLANTS Grants
Preparing Leaders and Nurturing Tomorrow's Scientists

Undergraduate Travel Awards and Mentoring Experience

The Botany and Beyond: PLANTS III pathway program is funded by the National Science Foundation (DEB-2138730) and Botanical Society of America to bring talented and diverse undergraduates to BOTANY 2023 in Boise, Idaho where we will provide mentored training opportunities. BSA leads this program, in conjunction with our partners at the American Society of Plant Taxonomists and the Society for Herbarium Curators, in support of a more diverse, inclusive and accessible culture in the botanical community.

Congratulations to last year's 2022 awardees!

The Botany and Beyond: PLANTS III pathway program
will provide an immersive mentored experience for a diverse cohort of undergraduate PLANTS Scholars attending the BOTANY conference. Annually, we fund up to 15 undergraduates from throughout the US and Puerto Rico (we are unable to accept applications from international students due to limitations from our funding source) to attend the summer conference;, receive mentoring from graduate students, postdocs and faculty; explore botanical research, network and engage with the broader botanical community from several scientific societies; learn about botanical research; and explore pathways and opportunities to pursue botanical careers. The program offers programming and student-centered experiences across the conference and includes full funding to support meeting fees and registration, travel, meals throughout the conference, a per diem on travel days and lodging for the conference. Participants must be available and commit to attend the entire meeting, participating in PLANTS programing, including at least 3 scientific talks per day with a mentor, as well as professional development and networking activities like field trips, PLANTS scholar and alumni gatherings, the Belonging in Botany special lecture, a Careers in Botany lunch event, etc.

PLANTS Scholars will also join a network of over 100 PLANTS Alumni and will have sustaining opportunities to engage in mentoring through supportive virtual communication strategies, follow-up Webinars, and opportunities to return to the BOTANY meetings as mentors and alumni in subsequent years.

Botany conference is composed of scientific talks, workshops, field trips, a poster session and networking events.  The topics range across all levels of botany and include talks on conservation, biodiversity, plant genomics, evolution, plant systematics, paleobotany, ethnobotany and botanical education. There are also a number of social functions, specifically targeted at students for networking and fun. The conference is a great way to understand the breadth of botanical research and education, to meet undergraduate and graduate students with similar interests, learn about potential career paths, and to network with professionals in your area of interest. This is a very friendly community, so please consider joining us!

See this SAMPLE SCHEDULE as an example of PLANTS scholar activities during the conference. An overview of the scientific conference is available at:

Application includes 1) completion of the online form, 2) uploading your personal statement of interest, 3) a letter of recommendation, and 4) unofficial transcripts. Applications are welcome from all undergraduates from the US and Puerto Rico (we are unable to accept applications from international students due to limitations from our funding source) who have interest in plant science. This program has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) with the goal to foster diversity, increase accessibility, and create inclusive opportunities and experiences for communities historically excluded from botanical science.

Personal Statement of academic interests and career goals: (500 word limit) Please prepare a response to EACH of the following: A) Explain how your coursework and prior interests contribute to your desire to attend BOTANY 2023, B) What do you want to get out of this experience and how do you think attending the BOTANY 2023 conference might help you meet or explore your career goals? C) An example of a challenge or an obstacle you have had to deal with or overcome and how you addressed that challenge and D) your plans after graduation/ describe your current career goals.

Letter of support: Your letter of support should come directly from a person who knows you well and the letter should address 1) how you know the student (capacity and length of time) 2) student’s maturity and ability to learn and benefit from this experience, examples of student’s leadership or self-efficacy 3) student’s ability and willingness to engage with the botanical community and PLANTS cohort, make connections and build community, and 4) student’s current plans to graduate and pursue a botanical career and 5) how the student will contribute to the goals of the program. Letters of support should be emailed to Your letter of support should have a filename of YourLastNameFirstInitial-Plants as in CacanindinH-Plants

DEADLINE: April 1, 2023

The application is made through our online Awards Portal. You do not need to be a current BSA member to apply. However, if you do not have a BSA login, you will need to create one here. We encourage you to review the online form thoroughly before filling it out. You will need to upload your personal statement and unofficial transcripts. Our staff will upload your letter of support.

Access the Awards Portal by clicking here and logging in with your BotanyID/Password. Once signed in, click on the "2023 - PLANTS Grant" link and you should see a blue button that says "+ Create New Nomination" at the bottom if your login was successful.

MENTORS: In addition, we will be soliciting 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. Mentors need to be prepared and do their homework, read the mentoring articles shared with them and attend a training webinar in the summer prior to BOTANY conference. Although costs are not covered for mentors, it is a very rewarding experience to mentor this group of students. A brief application form for mentors will open in March.

CONTACTS: For further inquiries, please contact:
Heather Cacanindin --


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under grant no DEB-2138730. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

2022 BSA PLANTS Grant Recipients
2022 PLANTS Cohort
Botany 2022 in Anchorage, Alaska
Luigie Alequín, Haverford College, Advisor: Nathalie Nagalingum
Victoria Clements, Tennessee Technological University, Advisor: Shawn Krosnick
Adalie Duran, Connecticut College, Advisor: Rachel Spicer
Josh Felton, Colorado College, Advisor: Rachel Jabaily
Tori Ford, University of Florida, Advisor: Pam Soltis
Cesar Galan, Cornell University, Advisor: Alejandra Gandolfo
Mayra Hernandez, CSU Dominguez Hills, Advisor: Helen I. Holmlund
Amelie LeTierce, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Advisor: Jessamine Finch
Karina Mendez, Chabot College, Advisor: Mackenzie Mabry
Aadia Moseley-McCloud, Howard University, Advisor: Janelle Burke
Austin Nguyen, University of Kansas, Advisor: Kelly Matsunaga
Inti Quinchiguango Archuleta, SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry, Advisor: Suzy Strickler

2021 BSA PLANTS Grant Recipients
2021 PLANTS Cohort
Botany 2021 Virtual!
Anais Barnes, Bucknell University, Advisor: Chris Martine
Serena Blais, California State University, Sacramento, Advisor: Clayton Visger
Jonathan Carcache, Florida International University, Advisor: Daniela Hernandez
Josh Felton, Colorado College, Advisor: Rachel Jabaily
Aaliyah Holliday, Cornell University, Advisor: Chelsea D. Specht
Caitlyn Hughes, University of Georgia, Advisor: Jim Leebens-Mack
Emily Hughes, Rutgers University, Advisor: Suzanne Sukhdeo
Al Lichamer, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Advisor: Ingrid Jordon-Thaden
Annie Nelson, University of Nebraska- Lincoln, Advisor: Katarzyna Glowacka
Matthew Norman, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Advisor: Lauren Eserman
Deirdre O'Malley, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Advisor: Shannon Straub
Ryan Schmidt, Rutgers University, Advisor: Lena Struwe
Madilyn Vetter, University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, Advisor: Nora Mitchell
Jayla Wade, Howard University, Advisor: Janelle Burke
Audrey Widmier, Mercer University, Advisor: John Stanga

2020 BSA PLANTS Grant Recipients

Botany 2020 - Virtual!

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
I. Jason Rose, Cornell University, Advisor: Chelsea D. Specht
Vida Svahnstrom, University of St Andrews, Advisor: Susan Healy

2019 BSA PLANTS Grant Recipients

2019 in Tucson, Arizona

Austin Betancourt, San Jose State University, Advisor: Benjamin Carter
Charles BushOglala Lakota College, Advisor: Madhav Nepal
Talbrett Caramillo, Fort Lewis College, Advisor: Ross McCauley
Jovan Coleman, Mesa Community College, Advisor: Sean Whitcomb
C.J. Copper, College of the Redwoods, Advisor: Maria Friedman
Lisa Danback, Webster University, Advisor: Nicole Miller-Struttman
Marco Donoso, University of Central Oklahoma, Advisor: Chad King
Candy DuBrayOglala Lakota College, Advisor: Madhav Nepal
Ana Flores, Florida International University, Advisor: Jennifer Richards
Mari Irving, University of Central Florida, Advisor: Chase Mason
Chazz Jordan, Georgia State University, Advisor: Lauren Eserman
Matthew McCarthyCitris College, Advisor: Marianne Smith
Cristina Raya, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Advisor: Rupesh Kariyat
Marcus Reid, Phoenix College, Advisor: Matt Haberkom
Rachael Snodgrass, Gonzaga University, Advisor: Stephen Hayes
Tatyana Soto, Mills College, Advisor: Sarah Swope
Emily Swindell, Fort Lewis College, Advisor: Ross McCauley
Dannielle Waugh, University of Central Florida, Advisor: Chase Mason
Danielle Weaver, CSU-Fullerton, Advisor: Joshua Der

2018 BSA PLANTS Grant Recipients
2018 BSA PLANTS Grant Recipients
2018 in Rochester, Minnesota
Liliana Benitez, New College of Florida, Advisor: Dr. Emily Saarinen
John Christman III, Christopher Newport University, Advisor: Dr. Janet Steven
Inesha Ellis, Widener University, Advisor: Dr. Katherine Goodrich
David Flanery, South Dakota State University, Advisor: Dr. Maribeth Latvis
Andrew Gonzalez, California State University - Sacramento, Advisor: Dr. Thomas Peavy
Alexis Kantor, University of Colorado-Boulder, Advisor: Dr. Stacey Smith
Carina Motta, University of California-Santa Barbara, Advisor: Dr. Susan Mazar
Simone Oliphant, Florida International University, Advisor: Dr. Suzanne Koptur
Asa Peters, Connecticut College, Advisor: Dr. Chad Jones
Megan Rasmussen, SUNY-Farmingdale, Advisor: Dr. Eric Morgan
Keana Tang, California State University - Long Beach, Advisor: Dr. Amanda Fisher
Nicole Tineo, The College of New Jersey, Advisor: Dr. Wendy Clement
Matthew Treanor, Plymouth State University, Advisor: Dr. Diana Jolles
Delecia Utley, Howard University, Advisor: Dr. Janelle Burke

2017 BSA PLANTS Grant Recipients
2017 BSA PLANTS Grant Recipients
2017 in Fort Worth, Texas

Kefren Arjona, University of Florida, Advisor: Dr. Doug Soltis
Laymon Ball, Long Beach State University, Advisor: Dr. Amanda Fisher
Nana Britwum, Cornell University, Advisor: Dr. Rena Borkhataria
Michelle Gray, University of Maryland College Park, Advisor: Dr. Maile Neele
Monique Harvey, Howard University, Advisor: Dr. Janelle Burke
Rebecca Hayes, University of Pittsburgh, Advisor: Dr. Tia-Lynn Ashman
Lillian Hendrick, Central Michigan State University, Advisor: Dr. Anna Monfils
Glen Morrison, California State Polytechnic University, Advisor: Dr. Amy Litt
Jocelyn Navarro, Connecticut College, Advisor: Dr. Kristine Hardeman
ShaunAnn Peters, Central Michigan State University, Advisor: Dr. Anna Monfils
Kasey Pham, Michigan State University, Advisor: Dr. Alan Prather
Melissa Vergara, University of California-Santa Cruz, Advisor: Dr. Kathleen Kay
Sienna Wessel, Northern State University, Advisor: Dr. Jodie Ramsay

2016 BSA PLANTS Grant Recipients
2016 in Savannah, Georgia
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
2015 BSA PLANTS Grant Recipients
2015 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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

2014 in Boise, Idaho

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
2013 BSA PLANTS Grant Recipients
2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana
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
2012 BSA PLANTS Grant Recipients
2012 in Columbus, Ohio
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
2011 BSA PLANTS Grant Recipients
2011 in St. Louis, Missouri

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

  2010 BSA Grant Recipients
2010 Recipients
2010 in Providence, Rhode Island


Undergraduate 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