ASPT ANNUAL AWARDS

Asa Gray Award

Current nomination deadline: 14 Mar 2019

The Asa Gray Award may be bestowed annually by the Society upon an individual for outstanding accomplishments pertinent to the goals of the Society. The awardee need not be a member of the Society. The awardee shall be recognized at the Annual Dinner and in Systematic Botany.

Previous recipients of the award have been Rogers McVaugh (1984), Arthur Cronquist (1985), Lincoln Constance (1986), Reed C. Rollins (1987), Charles B. Heiser (1988), Rupert C. Barneby (1989), Warren H. Wagner, Jr. (1990), Billie L. Turner (1991), Albert C. Smith (1992), Sherwin Carlquist (1993), Hugh H. Iltis (1994), Jerzy Rzedowski (1995), Peter Raven (1996), Daniel J. Crawford (1997), Ghillean Prance (1998), Tod Stuessey (1999), William T. Stearn (2000), Robert F. Thorne (2001), Natalie Uhl (2002), Beryl B. Simpson (2003), John Beaman (2004), Grady Webster (2005), Pam and Doug Soltis (2006), Scott A. Mori (2007), William R. Anderson (2008), Alan Graham (2009), Harold E. Robinson (2010), Walter S. Judd (2011), Noel and Patricia Holmgren (2012), Bruce Baldwin (2013), Alan Smith (2014), Warren Wagner (2015), Peter Stevens (2016), Michael Donoghue (2017) and Vicki Funk (2018).

ASPT members are encouraged to submit nominations for the 2019 Asa Gray Award, which will be presented at the 2019 Annual Meeting. Nomination materials, including a letter of nomination, a fairly complete curriculum vitae for the nominee, and three or more supporting letters from others familiar with the nominee and his or her career should be submitted electronically as pdf files to Shawn Krosnick.


Peter Raven Award

Current nomination deadline: 14 Mar 2019

The Peter Raven Award is given by the American Society of Plant Taxonomists to a plant systematist who has made exceptional efforts at outreach to non-scientists. Examples of outreach may include, but are not limited to 1) workshops or seminars for K--12 teachers, local horticultural societies, garden clubs, and schools or businesses; 2) special events for the general public (e.g., nature hikes, wildflower workshops); 3) newspaper columns or op-ed articles; 4) freelance articles in newspapers, on the worldwide web, and in horticultural or popular science magazines; 5) taxon-oriented websites or books that are aimed at a lay audience; 6) TV spots; 7) legislative testimony; and 8) legal defense of rare or endangered plant species. The award is intended to be international in scope. All persons, from any country, who have made significant contributions in this area, may be considered. 

The first recipient of the award was Peter Raven in August 2000, followed by Richard C. Harris (2001), Charles Heiser (2002), Frederick W. Case (2003), David J. Mabberley (2004), Alan W. Meerow (2005), Art Kruckeberg (2006), John T. Mickel (2007), W. Hardy Eshbaugh (2008), Sandra Knapp (2009), Barney Lipscomb (2010), Robbin C. Moran (2011), Ken Cameron (2014), John Weirsema (2015), Lynn Clark (2016), Hans Walter Lack (2017) and Chris Martine (2018).

ASPT members are encouraged to submit nominations for the 2019 Peter Raven Award, which will be presented at the 2019 annual meeting. The nomination materials should include a letter of nomination, a fairly complete curriculum vitae for the nominee (emphasizing the outreach areas), and three or more supporting letters from others familiar with the nominee and his or her career. All nomination materials should be submitted electronically as pdf files to Shawn Krosnick.


Engagement and Excellence in Plant Systematics Education Award

Current nomination deadline: 14 Mar 2019

An Engagement and Excellence in Plant Systematics Education Award, EEPSEA (previously called the IPSEP), of $500 will be presented to an educator who has implemented or developed innovative resources for engaging students in plant systematics (broadly interpreted):  undergraduate and/or graduate students and in the classroom, laboratory, or outreach setting. Applicants must be an ASPT member and teach at the undergraduate and/or graduate level; may be at any stage in her/his career. Mechanisms for engagement 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, any teaching innovation can be shared freely with ASPT to enhance botanical education worldwide.

Nomination: Nominees can be either self-nominated or nominated by an ASPT colleague.

Application materials: A nomination letter should be submitted which includes explicit explanation and appropriate documentation of the teaching innovation. The nominator should also arrange for two letters of support (both from ASPT members) to be sent to Shawn Krosnick. All documentation must be in English and in electronic format (i.e., .pdf, .docx, or similar). Letters of support may be sent separately by referees.

Send all application materials to Shawn Krosnick. Applications will be evaluated by the ASPT Awards and Honors Committee; successful applicants will be notified by March 30, 2019.


Botanical Advocacy Leadership Grant

Current application deadline:   30 Mar 2019

The Botanical Society of America (BSA) and the American Society of Plant Taxonomists (ASPT) are pleased to invite applications for the annual Botanical Advocacy Leadership Grant.  This grant, 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.  

The successful proposal will:

  • Demonstrate a connection to improving public knowledge, connecting with policymakers, or taking hands-on action on issues relevant to plant science.

  • Briefly explain the grantee’s qualifications and institutional affiliation. Proposals that can show how the project can lay a foundation for longer-term transformation and/or support those who face systemic disadvantage will be viewed favorably.

Examples of previously awarded projects:

  • Funding a capacity-building workshop for rural women to support conservation and sustainable management of endangered, rare, and/or culturally important plant species.

  • Purchase of a digital video camera to present live images of plants during a summer lecture series at an underfunded, botanically-focused branch of a regional museum.

The recipient of this grant will receive $1000 to be used in the proposed project and will be recognized at the annual Botany meeting during the awards ceremony.  To apply, please send a one-page letter describing the proposed local efforts and their anticipated impact along with a basic one-page budget to show how the funds will be used. All active members of BSA and ASPT are eligible to apply. Applications should be sent as a single .pdf (“YourName_BALAapp.pdf”) to Andrew Pais (alpais@ncsu.edu) with the subject line “2019 BALA application”.

Awardees will be required to submit a brief summary of their activities with an image to the Plant Science Bulletin (PSB) by January 15th of the following year.  This synopsis will appear in the March/April issue of the PSB and is intended to highlight the impact of the recipient’s efforts in shaping public policy and awareness of plant-related issues. Inquiries about the grant may be directed to the chairs of the EPPC for both societies: ASPT EPPC Chair – Andrew Pais (alpais@ncsu.edu), BSA Co-chairs – Krissa Skogen (kskogen@chicagobotanic.org) and Kal Tuominen (ktuominen@jcu.edu).


ASPT Research Grants for Graduate Students

Current application deadline:   28 Feb 2019   (Guidelines for 2019 applications)

Each year, ASPT awards a number of graduate student research grants. Some of these are named, endowed grants, and are awarded to the highest ranked proposals. Named grants include the Rogers McVaugh, William R. Anderson, Shirley and Alan Graham, and W. Hardy Eshbaugh Grants. The number of unnamed grants will vary with availability of funds. For 2019, unnamed grants will not exceed $1,200 and named grants will not exceed $1,500. These grants are intended to help defray the cost of doing research. Applicants submitting proposals should be sure to provide budget justifications of $1,500 to take full advantage of possibly being selected for a named grant. Proposals will be funded on the basis of merit, regardless of the research area within systematics. Past grantee project descriptions, by year, are available through the following links:

Award Reports: 2017, 2016, 20152014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010


Undergraduate Research Prize (URP)

Current Application deadline: 14 Mar 2019 (Guidelines for application)

The URP is ASPT's undergraduate research prize (initiated in Jan 2013), 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 two years.

Prize Description: Up to three prizes ($300 each) will be awarded for an outstanding, independent research project in plant systematics (broadly interpreted) completed by an undergraduate student within the last two years.

Applicant criteria: Must be a current or former student who completed the research as an undergraduate within the last two years, with the guidance/mentorship of an ASPT member.

Nomination: An ASPT member in good standing must nominate the student by completing Part A of the application form, and by writing a nomination letter in support of the student.

Application materials: The student should submit an application form, including a personal statement outlining the research study, its results, and implications (2 pages max), and supporting documentation (poster, abstract, papers), if applicable. The student should also provide the name and affiliation of a second individual who will provide a letter of reference (the first letter should be from the nominating ASPT member). This second reference should be faculty, staff, or a postdoc familiar with the research, and the nominated student should arrange with both writers to have their letters sent to Shawn Krosnick. All documentation must be in English and in electronic format (i.e., .pdf, .docx, etc.).

Send all application materials to Shawn Krosnick. Letters of reference should be sent separately by the two referees to the same e-mail address.


George R. Cooley Award

Each year since 1956, the George R. Cooley Award has been awarded by the ASPT to one of its early-career members for a paper judged to be the best in plant systematics presented the ASPT's annual meeting.  Considered one of the most prestigious early-career recognitions in the plant sciences, the award is named for George R. Cooley, a successful banker who studied plants and worked in conservation in retirement.

To be considered for the Cooley Award, one must:

  1. Be a botanist in the early stages of his/her career (Masters or Ph.D. students, or within the first year post-conferral of their Ph.D.).

  2. Present research that is substantially complete, synthetic, and original. It should be made clear within the presentation how this relates to the thesis/dissertation, and what academic degree will be (or has been) obtained as a result of the work. Applicants in the early stages of their graduate work are unlikely to be competitive.

  3. Ensure the research presented, even if collaborative, should be significantly that of the eligible individual, who will be the senior author in most cases.

  4. Present only one talk in each annual competition, and an individual may win the award only once.

Past awardees have included: Rebecca Stubbs (2018); Angela McDonnell (2017); Thomas Stoughton (2016); Carrie Kiel (2015); Ryan Folk (2014); Ricardo Kriebel (2013).

PDF of past award announcements and abstracts


 

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