The SHC grant committee is pleased to announce the awardees of the two SHC 2014 Student Research Grants:
Nathan Howell, Master's candidate, North Carolina State University. “The Vascular Flora of the Natural Lake Shoreline Community of Carolina Bays in the Carolina Flatwoods Ecoregion (Bladen and Columbus Counties, North Carolina).” Advisor: Alexander Krings.
Marika Laurel Majack, Master's candidate, University of Colorado, Denver. “The Distribution of Pondweeds (Potamogetonaceae) in Colorado.” Advisor: Leo Bruederle.
Past winners are:
2013. Matthew Pace (University of Wisconsin - Madison; Advisor: Dr. Kenneth Cameron: Utilizing herbarium and field research to clarify species diversity of Spiranthes (Orchidaceae)
2013. Angela Rein (Oklahoma State University; Advisor: Dr. Mark Fishbein): Enigmatic non-twining vines: Evolution and systematics of Matelea subgenus Chthamalia (Gonolobinae, Apocynaceae)
The deadline for the 2015 competition will be announced later this year, but will likely be in Jan or Feb of 2015. Guidelines for 2015 will largely follow those below, but will be updated for contact information in late 2014.
Scope: Two $500 research grants will be awarded to students whose research contributes to or uses herbarium resources in ways that augment the collections. Research on any taxa typically accessioned in herbaria including land plants, fungi, lichen, and algae lineages is eligible. Supported activities could include, but are not limited to, fieldwork to generate vouchers for revisionary or floristic work, collecting morphological data from specimens, traveling to herbaria, or making and distributing physical specimens. Thus, students’ overarching research could include molecular approaches but the merit of the proposal would be based on the ability of the work to contribute to building or improving herbarium resources. Additionally, meta-analysis of herbarium data would also be eligible, provided that a component of the research includes direct study of specimens.
Eligibility: Undergraduate and graduate students may apply. It is expected that only student research projects with the clear potential to lead to publication will be competitive. The student and the student's research advisor, who should provide a letter of recommendation, must be members of SHC at the time of application. To become a member or to renew a membership, please complete and return a membership application to our Treasurer (address provided on form). Membership is not limited to curators, but is open to anyone with an interest in herbaria.
Application Materials: 1) a one page grant application form (see file attachment below) listing student’s name, address, and SHC advisor’s name and proposal title; 2) a two-page proposal including project description, itemized budget justification and references cited (1 inch margins, 11-12 point font); 3) one letter of recommendation from the student’s research advisor, who should be a member of SHC at the time of application. All materials should be sent electronically to the chair of the research grant committee, Dr. Edgar Lickey (firstname.lastname@example.org). PDF format is preferred. The letter of recommendation may be sent separately from the student’s materials.
Deadline: 1 Feb 2014
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