The Honors and Awards committee is pleased to announce the 2014 recipients for ASPT's awards for the 2014 Undergraduate Research Prize and 2014 Innovations in Plant Systematics Education Prize.
2014 Undergraduate Research Prize Awardee
The URP is ASPT's undergraduate research prize, where up to three ($300) prizes may be awarded each spring for an outstanding, independent research project in plant systematics (broadly interpreted) completed by an undergraduate student within the last 2 years.
Gaurav Kandlikar- University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Research topic*: Chloroplast DNA reveals uniparental plastid inheritance from Isoetes engelmannii in two allotetraploid speciation events'. Mentors: Dr. Elizabeth A. Zimmer & George D. Weiblen.
* the title of the awardees' most recent presentation or published paper is listed as their research topic, although the scope of their work may have been broader.
2014 Innovations in Plant Systematics Education Prize Awardee
The IPSEP is ASPT's innovations in plant systematics education prize, where a $500 prize will be awarded to an educator who has developed novel and innovative resources for teaching plant systematics (broadly interpreted) to undergraduate and/or graduate students.
Christopher Martine - Bucknell University. ASPT is delighted to award the Innovations in Plant Systematics Education Prize to Chris for his contagiously positive and fact-based way of enhancing botanical learning especially among college undergraduates, as well as for his excellent use and embracement of digital and interactive tools such as blogging for national media, online videos, Twitter, and Pinterest to reach new audiences and combat plant blindness in society. For more on Chris' work, see his web page, his Huffington Post blog, and Plants are Cool Too on YouTube.