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Innovations in Plant Systematics Education Prize (IPSEP)
Prize Description: One prize ($500) 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.
Applicant criteria: Must be an ASPT member and teach at the undergraduate and/or graduate level; may be at any stage in her/his career. Innovations can range from (but are not limited to): whole course syllabi; online teaching materials; software packages; multimedia exercises; classroom, lab, or field modules; textbooks; digital resources; and information manuals. Ideally, the teaching innovation can be shared freely with ASPT to enhance botanical education worldwide.
Nomination: Applicant can be either self-nominated or nominated by an ASPT colleague.
Application materials: The applicant should submit an application form and rigorous documentation of the teaching innovation. The nominator should also arrange for two letters of support (both from ASPT members) to be sent to Andrea Weeks at the email address below. All documentation must be in English and in electronic format (i.e., pdf, MS Word).
Application deadline: January 15, 2013.
Send all application materials to: Dr. Andrea Weeks, Chair, ASPT Awards and Honors Committee, firstname.lastname@example.org. Letters of support may be sent separately by referees.
Applications will be evaluated by the ASPT Awards and Honors Committee; successful applicants will be notified by March 1, 2013.
2013 Innovations in Plant Systematics Education Prize Awardee
The IPSEP is ASPT's new 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.
Bruce Kirchoff - University of North Carolina - Greensboro, for his innovative application of research in cognitive psychology to teaching plant identification with both active visual learning and online keys. For more on Bruce's work, see his web page.