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Undergraduate Research Prize (URP)
Prize Description: Up to three prizes ($300 each) will be awarded for an outstanding, independent research project in plant systematics (broadly interpreted) completed by an undergraduate student within the last 2 years.
Applicant criteria: Must be a current or former student who completed the research as an undergraduate within the last 2 years, with the guidance/mentorship of an ASPT member.
Nomination: An ASPT member in good standing must nominate the student by completing Part A of the application form, and by writing a nomination letter in support of the student.
Application materials: The student should submit a completed application form (including a personal statement outlining the research study, its results, and implications -- 2 pages max), and supporting documentation (poster, abstract, papers), if applicable. The student should also provide the name and affiliation of a second individual who will provide a letter of reference (the first letter should be from the nominating ASPT member). This second reference should be faculty, staff, or a postdoc familiar with the research, and the nominated student should arrange with both writers to have their letters sent to Andrea Weeks at the email address below. All documentation must be in English and in electronic format (i.e., pdf, MS Word).
Application deadline: January 15, 2013.
Send all application materials to: Dr. Andrea Weeks, Chair, ASPT Awards and Honors Committee, email@example.com. Letters of reference should be sent separately by the two referees.
Applications will be evaluated by the ASPT Awards and Honors Committee; successful applicants will be notified by March 1, 2013.
2013 Undergraduate Research Prize Awardees*
The URP is ASPT's new undergraduate research prize, where up to three ($300) prizes may be awarded each spring for an outstanding, independent research project in plant systematics (broadly interpreted) completed by an undergraduate student within the last 2 years.
Hanna E. Dorman - Mississippi State University. Research topic: 'Phylogeography of Acmispon dendroideus (Fabaceae) on the California Channel Islands tracked through variation in Nsp1.' Advisor: Dr. Lisa Wallace.
Anne Johnson - Duke University. Research topic: 'Unique expression of a sporophytic character on the gametophytes of notholaenid ferns (Pteridaceae).' Advisor: Dr. Kathleen Pryer.
Malorie Lipman - University of Florida. Research topic: 'Parental chromosome balance in naturally occurring trigenomic Tragopogon miscellus x T. mirus hybrid' Advisor: Dr. Douglas Soltis.
* the title of the awardees' most recent presentation or published paper is listed as their research topic, although the scope of their work may have been broader.