Current Committee Members

  • Richard Moore (2025), Chair
  • Liming Cai (2024)
  • Stephanie Conway (2024)
  • Cheryl Dunn (2024)
  • Helen Michaels (2024)
  • Michael Moody (2025)
  • Yujing Yan (2025)
  • Dylan Cohen (2026)
  • Howard Neufeld (2026)
  • Kristen Nolting (2026)
  • Jennifer Tate (2026)
  • Emily Warschefsky (2026)
  • Heather Cacanindin, Executive Director, ex officio

Additional Members as Needed

  • Monica Carlsen-Krause (1-Year Term, 2021)
  • Shawn Krosnick (1-Year Term, 2021)
  • Lucas Majure (2-Year term, 2021)
  • Allison Miller (1-Year Term, 2021)
  • Nora Mitchell (3-Year term, 2023)
  • Daniel Spalink (2-Year term, 2021)
  • Cynthia Huebner (1- Year term, 2021)
  • Emily Warschefsky (1-Year term, 2023)

Graduate Student Research Award Committee

About the Committee

This committee is responsible for reviewing applications for the Bill Dahl Graduate Student Research Awards and the Karling Award (which is the top graduate student research award). Committee members review and score applications in an online portal and discuss the top candidates with the goal of providing 20 or more awards of $1500 each. Each year, new members join the committee as the same number of members rotates off. This committee is chaired by a member serving their third year on the committee.


This committee does not accept student members.

Member Criteria

Committee membership is open to all BSA membership categories except students. Members on this must committee are appointed to represent the breadth and diversity of the botanical sciences (bryology, ecology, paleobotany, evo-devo, systematics, etc). Members serve three-year terms. Committee members are expected to participate and be engaged in committee activities and have a genuine interest in the mission of the committee.

Time Commitment

The bulk of the committee’s work is spent reviewing proposals in March and April, with final award decisions by end of April or early May. Most discussions occur via email, with the potential for one or two conference calls. Members serve for three years.

Interested in Applying?

Those interested in being considered for committee service should complete a short application (200 words or less) that includes a statement of interest highlighting your expertise, experience, and interest in serving on this particular committee. Applications are accepted December 1 – February 1 and will be reviewed by the Committee on Committees. Committee appointments are typically made in May to begin in July. Questions about committee membership? Send an email to

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