Welcome! You’ve reached the right place to learn about the Botanical Society of America’s PLANTS grant, Preparing Leaders and Nurturing Tomorrow’s Scientists.



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The PLANTS grant is a travel award for underrepresented undergraduates to attend the annual Botany conference, including mentorship from both peer and experienced mentors within the field of botany.

If you are an undergraduate would like to apply to be a PLANTS scholar, you can learn more about the PLANTS program and application process by selecting “Become a PLANTS Scholar” on the left.

If you are a graduate student, post-doc, or professional in the field of botany and would like to learn about how to mentor an undergraduate at the Botany conference this year, selct “Become a PLANTS Mentor”.

The Botany and Beyond: PLANTS III pathway program is funded by the National Science Foundation (DEB-2138730) and Botanical Society of America to bring talented and diverse undergraduates to BOTANY 2024 in Grand Rapids, Michigan from June 15-19, 2024, where we will provide mentored training opportunities. BSA leads this program, in conjunction with our partners at the American Society of Plant Taxonomists and the Society for Herbarium Curators, in support of a more diverse, inclusive and accessible culture in the botanical community.

Congratulations to the 2024 awardees and thank you, mentors!

Mariana Acevedo Garcia, Pomona College, Advisor: Carrie Kiel

Giorgio Casini, University of Colorado Boulder, Advisor: Jonathan Henn

Kendall Cross, St Cloud State University, Advisor: Angela McDonnell

Carmen Curry, Virginia Tech, Advisor: Jordan Metzgar

Kylie Gieser, Old Dominion University, Advisor: Lisa Wallace

Hannah Herrick, California Polytechnic University - Pomona, Advisor: Edward Bobich

Riley Jackson, Utah Valley University, Advisor: Michael Rotter

Asma Jamil, University of Michigan-Dearborn, Advisor: David Susko

Danielle Keysaw, Utah Valley University, Advisor: Erin Riggs

Mellifera Letterman, California State University, Fullerton, Advisor: Joshua Der

Elizabeth Mandala, Idaho State University, Advisor: Kathryn Turner

Austin Melancon, University of Michigan, Advisor: Charles Davis

Alison Munaylla-Bohorquez, Marymount University, Advisor: Megan Romberg

Giovanna Munoz-Gonzalez, California State University, Fresno, Advisor: Katherine Waselkov

Amaya-Jean Roberts, Utah Valley University, Advisor: Erin Riggs

Rose Roberts, Oregon State University, Advisor: Juan Navarro

Sydney Sauls, Howard University, Advisor: Janelle Burke

Reynalda Vazquez, University of South Carolina Upstate, Advisor: Benjamin Montgomery

Sydney Ward, Hope College, Advisor: Jennifer Blake-Mahmud

Amiya Whitson, Auburn University at Montgomery, Advisor: Vanessa Koelling


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation (DEB-2138730). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.