ASPT Student Travel Grants for Botany 2017

Dear Fellow ASPT members:

The ASPT Membership Committee is happy to announce that the popular student travel grant lottery from previous years will be continued this year.  The ASPT Council approved awarding 45 travel grants for $300 each to attend Botany 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas, June 24–28, 2017.  Please see the linked form for the application and instructions.

Mt. Cuba Center Graduate Fellowship in Eastern American Botany

Austin Peay State University’s Center of Excellence for Field Biology is pleased to offer two Graduate Research Assistantships to support two masters-level graduate students for two years to work in tandem on a taxonomic study of Clematis subgenus Viorna of eastern North America. These assistantships are made possible by funding from Delaware’s Mt. Cuba Center.

Botanist for The Great Basin Institute

The Great Basin Institute is working cooperatively with the National Park Service Mojave Desert Network (MOJN) Inventory & Monitoring (I&M) program to recruit a Botanist. The overall objective is to perform Integrated Upland monitoring in Great Basin National Park, NV. Vegetation, soils, and target invasive species will be monitored for status and trends. 

Seeds of Success Native Seed Collection Technician

The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management’s Moab Field Office, is recruiting one individual to join our AmeriCorps Program as Seeds of Success (SOS) Native Seed Collection Technician. The Technician will conduct native seed collection and associated activities (e.g. seed cleaning and storage) in support of the Colorado Plateau Native Plants Program (CPNPP). The overarching goal of the CPNPP is to “improve the quality of, and increase the availability of, native seed commercially available for use in restoration and reclamation in areas of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona.” 

Missouri Botanical Garden REU Summer Program

The Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, MO will be offering an NSF-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates summer program in 2017. Ten students will be chosen to participate in a ten-week program involving full-time work on an independent research project, with the guidance of a staff mentor, in addition to educational seminars, discussion sessions and field trips. 

NPS Southeast Conservation Corps, Terrestrial Monitoring Intern

Southeast Conservation Corps (SECC), empowers young people to attain compassion, responsibility and grit through community service, hard work and environmental stewardship. SECC is a local, non-profit, AmeriCorps affiliated organization based out of Chattanooga, TN. SECC selects young adults ages 16 – 35 (depending on specific program), to complete conservation work projects on public, private and municipal lands throughout the Southeast. 

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. 

Anne S. Chatham Fellowship in Medicinal Botany

Proposals must be received by January 31

The Garden Club of America’s Anne S. Chatham Fellowship in Medicinal Botany provides at least one grant award of $4,500 annually to support research related to medicinal plants. An important aspect of the award is that it is intended to enable a student to pursue an avenue of research that might otherwise prove closed. Accordingly, the funds may be used to cover direct costs associated with travel, field studies, or laboratory research. However, fellowship funds may not cover indirect costs, overhead, or student stipends and should not be used to pay for lab space or supplies normally provided by universities.


Eligible candidates include students in any field of specialty who are currently enrolled in PhD programs at recognized universities and recent graduates who have received their degrees in the last five years. The fellowship is administered by the Missouri Botanical Garden. Fellowship recipients will be selected by a panel of botanists with expertise in economic botany or ethnobotany, subject to approval by the Garden Club of America Scholarship Committee.

Please submit the following:

  • a brief application letter
  • an abstract of 200 words or less
  • a one- to two-page research proposal, set in 12 pt type, giving the project’s background and purpose and describing activities to be conducted (proposals will be treated as confidential; proposals longer than two pages will be considered ineligible)
  • a one-page budget that explains how funds would be used
  • a current curriculum vitae
  • for graduate students, a letter from a major advisor certifying enrollment in a PhD program
  • copies of permits for field work or studies including animals, research clearances, and permission from governmental agencies for foreign research (if permits are being applied for but have not yet been obtained, please ensure that the proposal explains the situation)

Proposals must be received by January 31.

Mail applications to:

Dr. Wendy Applequist
Missouri Botanical Garden
P.O. Box 299
Saint Louis, MO 63166-0299 USA

Additional information may be obtained by contacting Dr. Applequist at the address above or by email at

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Hugh H. Iltis

Noted botanist, conservation activist, and ASPT member and 1994 Asa Gray awardee Hugh H. Iltis died on December 19th. Below is a link to the University of Wisconsin-Madison news release, an obituary, and commentary in the Capital Times.  A pdf of the Asa Gray Award tribute by Jacquelyn Kallunki is also included below.  Thanks to Ken Cameron for sharing the links and the news. Hugh will be missed!

Asa Gray Tribute

Commentary in the Capital Times