Grants and Awards Recipients

2017

Jessa Finch (PhD Student) Botanical Society of America, International Botanical Congress Travel Award

Anita Cisternas-Fuentes (PhD Student) The Alumnae Society of Northwestern University ($4,344) “Role of permanent translocation Heterozygosity (PTH) in genetic diversity and reproduction of sexual and asexual related species nts”.

Anita Cisternas-Fuentes (PhD Student) Native Plant Society of New Mexico, Jack & Martha Carter conservation fund ($545.20)

Colby Witherup (PhD Student) Botanical Society of America Graduate Student Research Award

Colby Witherup (PhD Student) American Society of Plant Taxonomists Graduate Student Research Grant

Colby Witherup (PhD Student) Accepted to the 2017 International High Performance Computing Summer School held this year in Boulder, CO

Lauren Audi (MS Student) was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Resnick Family Social Impact Program. Lauren’s work will focus on “Advancing food security and local sustainable agriculture via collaboration with local growers in the Caribbean."

Lauren Audi (MS Student) was awarded $2,500 for the 2017 GCA Summer Scholarship in Field Botany her project is “Genetic characterization of Caribbean Breadfruit:  Advancing food security and local sustainable agriculture via germplasm conservation and collaboration with local growers.” Link to info about award: https://www.gcamerica.org/scholarships/winners?sid=9

Lauren Audi (MS Student) received a grant from the Alumni of NU grants for $2,165 for her research, "Characterizing Breadfruit Agroforestry for Restoration in Jamaica."

Jordan Wood (MS Student) received a $4500 award from The Catherine H. Beattie Fellowship in Conservation Horticulture awarded by the The Garden Club of America https://www.gcamerica.org/index.cfm/scholarships/winners?sid=16

Mary Patterson (MS Student) received a $2,500 award from Garden Club of America: Joan K. and Rachael M. Hunt Summer Scholarship in Field Botany for her project “Monitoring protocol development for Packeria layneae: A federally threatened species”

https://www.gcamerica.org/index.cfm/scholarships/winners?sid=29

Colby Witherup (PhD Candidate) selected as a Nicholson Fellow, awarded PhD Stipend and Tuition for one academic year from The Graduate School at Northwestern University.

Rebecca Barak (PhD 2017) selected as a Smith Post-Doctoral Fellow for her research “Effective seed mix design for ecological restoration” under the academic mentorship of Dr. Lars Brudvig at Michigan State University and in partnership with Dr. Kayri Havens at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Elliot Gardner (PhD candidate) selected as an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow. Elliot will be studying “Convergent evolution of biotic pollination in wind pollinated angiosperm lineages: a functional and genomic exploration of a rare transition.” This is an exciting project he has developed, building off of the excellent research he has been doing for his PhD dissertation. He will be starting the research in 2018, and lucky for us he will be staying in the Chicago region and will be based at the Morton Arboretum.

Katherine Wenzell (PhD student) received an NSF-GRFP for her research, "Evolutionary landscapes: Gene flow and phenotypic divergence in ecological speciation"

Jessa Finch (PhD Candidate) received a grant from the Alumni of NU grants for $1,769 for her research.

Anita Cisternas-Fuentes (PhD Candidate) received a grant from the Alumni of NU grants for $4,344 for her research, “Role of permanent translocation Heterozygosity (PTH) in genetic diversity and reproduction of sexual and asexual related species nts”