ASPT Research Grants for Graduate Students

Current application deadline:  6 March 2017   (see the 2017 Announcement)

Each year, the ASPT will award a number of graduate student research grants. Some of these are named endowed awards, and are awarded to the highest ranked proposals.  Named awards include the Rogers McVaugh, William R. Anderson, Shirley and Alan Graham, and W. Hardy Eshbaugh Awards. The number of unnamed awards will vary with availability of funds and no award will exceed $1000. These awards are intended to help defray the cost of doing research. You can view the most recent awardee project descriptions by year at the following links: 

2014 awards, 2013 awards, 2012 awards, 2011 awards, 2010 awards


Botanical Advocacy Leadership Award

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 Award. This award 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.

See the 2017 announcement... 


ASPT CVD Travel Award 2017

The ASPT Environmental and Public Policy Committee (EPPC) invites applications for the first annual ASPT CVD Travel Grant. This award provides up to $750 to be reimbursed for expenses such as transportation, room, and board for one early-career botanist to attend the Congressional Visits Day (CVD) in Washington, D.C., held 25–26 April 2017.

Applications are due Feb 1, 2017

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Asa Gray Award

Deadline for receipt of all materials for the 2017 award has passed.

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), and Peter Stevens (2016). 

ASPT members are encouraged to submit nominations for the Asa Gray Award, which will be presented at the Annual Meeting.  For information on the nomination process, please see the most recent call for nominations


Peter Raven Award

Deadline for receipt of all materials is December 16, 2016.

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), and Lynn Clark (2016).

ASPT members are encouraged to submit nominations for the 2017 Peter Raven Award, which will be presented at the 2017 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 Dianella Howarth howarthd@stjohns.edu.


Undergraduate Research Prize (URP)

Application deadline: December 16

ASPT's undergraduate research prize (URP, initiated in Jan 2013), will award up to three ($300) prizes each spring 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.  

URP Application Instructions


Innovations in Plant Systematics Education Prize (IPSEP)

Application deadline: December 16, 2016

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 may be either self-nominated or nominated by an ASPT colleague.

Application materials: The applicant should submit an application form (available at the link below) 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 Dianella Howarth at the email address below. All documentation must be in English and in electronic format (i.e., pdf, MS Word). Letters of support may be sent separately by referees.

 Send all application materials to Dianella Howarth, howarthd@stjohns.edu. Applications will be evaluated by the ASPT Awards and Honors Committee; successful applicants will be notified by March 30, 2017.

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