Economic Botany Section Student Travel and Presentation Awards

The Economic Botany section will be providing one $250 travel award to students that submit an abstract under the topics of Ethnobotany or Crops and Wild Relatives. The purpose of these awards is to support students' attendance and their presentations at BOTANY 2024.

This award is now open.

Deadline March 15, 2024 (Noon Central Time)

Current BSA members can access the awards portal by clicking here and logging in with your BotanyID/Password. Once signed in, click on the "BOTANY 2024 - Economic Botany Student Travel Award" link and you should see a blue button that says "+ Create New Nomination" at the bottom if your login was successful. 

Please feel free to email with any questions about the award and application process. 


Best Student Crops and Wild Relatives poster 
Uzezi Okinedo, University of Massachusettes Boston, For the Poster: Discovering the Genetic Basis of Rice Grain Shape. Co-authors: Dr. Annarita Marrano, Dr. Brook Moyers


Kristen Nolting, University of Georgia, For the Presentation: Do crops have reduced stress tolerance compared with their wild progenitors? Evidence from a comprehensive meta-analysis. Co-Authors: Emily Dittmar, Lisa Donovan, John Burke

Maya Shamsid-Deen (Allen), University Of New Mexico, For the Presentation: A Germination of Freedom: How Blackdom, New Mexico Grew Its Roots through Dry-Farming Crops of the African Diaspora. Co-Authors: Gary Ivan Stafford, and Nokwanda Makunga


Best Student Ethnobotany Poster
Kaylan Reddy, Stellenbosch University, For the Poster: Sceletium Secrets - Exploring the phytochemical and metabolomic diversity in the Sceletium genus. Co-Authors: Gary Ivan Stafford, and Nokwanda Makunga

Best Student Crops and Wild Relatives Poster
Juan Diego Rojas-Gutierrez, Purdue University, For the Poster: Genome-wide association analysis of freezing tolerance in soft red winter wheat. Co-Authors: Gwonjin Lee, and Christopher Oakley


No Awards Given in 2020


Emma Frawley, St. Louis University, Advisor: Allison Miller, For the Presentation: Traditional Knowledge for Modern Agriculture: The Ethnobotany of Elymus Co-authors: Brooke Micke, Ciotir Claudia, Allison Miller

Ksenia Pereverzeva, Virgnia Tech, Advisor: Jordan Metzgar, For the Presenation: Comparing plant uses among coastal plain cultures in colonial Virginia. Co-author: Jordan Metzgar

No Economic Botany Section Student Travel Awards were awarded between 2016-2018

Elliot Gardner, Northwestern University / Chicago Botanic Garden - Advisor, Nyree Zerega - for the Botany 2015 presentation: "Basic research with practical applications: Phylogenomics and pollination biology in a genus of underutilized tree crops (Artocarpus, Moraceae)" Co-author: Nyree Zerega
Colin Khoury, Wageningen University - Advisor, Paul Struik - for the Botany 2015 presentation: "Increasing homogeneity in global food supplies, agricultural research funding, and recommendations for diversifying food systems"

Rachel Germain, University Of Toronto - Advisor, Dr. Benjamin Gilbert - for the Botany 2014 presentation: "Hidden responses to environmental variation: maternal effects reveal species niche dimensions" Co-author: Benjamin Gilbert
Jessica Peebles Spencer, Miami University - Advisor, Dr. David L. Gorchov - for the Botany 2014 presentation: "Effects of the Invasive Shrub, Lonicera maackii, and a Generalist Herbivore, White-tailed Deer, on Forest Floor Plant Community Composition" Co-author: David L. Gorchov

Taylor Nelson, Weber State university - Advisor, Dr. Sue Harley, for the paper “Survey for helenalin among Utah Asteraceae speciesSushil Paudyal, Old Dominion University - Advisor, Dr. Govind P. S. Ghimire, for the paper “Plants used in religious ceremonies by Tharu culture in Dang Valley (Nepal)