Torrey Botanical Society Undergraduate and Graduate Student Training Fellowship

The Torrey Botanical Society supports student training with an annual award of $1,000. Undergraduate and graduate students of plant science who are members of the Society are eligible to apply for this award. The award must be used to help pay the cost of taking courses at a biological field station. Applications will be judged by a committee of the Council of the Society, and recipients will be announced before 1 April each year.

Proposals must include 1) title page with proposal title, applicant’s name, address, and e-mail address; 2) brief description of the field course(s) to be taken (one paragraph); 3) brief discussion of the reasons for taking the course(s) (no more than three paragraphs); 4) a current C.V.; and 5) a letter from the major professor detailing the current status of the applicant and the potential benefits of the course(s) to the applicant. The proposals should be written using Times New Roman font, 12-point, with pages having 1-inch top and bottom margins, and 1.25-inch side margins. The deadline for applications is 15 January each year. Please send all inquiries to

By the end of the calendar year of support, a non-solicited report of one paragraph should be sent by the award recipient to the Chair of the Grants and Awards Committee. Recipients of training fellowships should consider publishing results of future research in the Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society.

Previous Awardees


($1,000, two awards, one graduate, one undergraduate)

Carrie Malina Tribble, University of California, Berkeley. Sistematica de Plantas Tropicales, Organization for Tropical Studies, Costa Rica (graduate)

Jessie Fay Parrott, Bard College at Simon’s Rock. Taxonomy and Biology of Ferns and Lycophytes, Eagle Hill Institute, Maine (undergraduate).


No award made


Sean Thackurdeen, The New York Botanical Garden. “Summer in the Keys: Studying Tropical Botany at the Kampong, National Tropical Botanical Garden” ($1,000).


Ian Gilman of Bucknell University to attend the Rocky Mountain Field Botany course at University of Idaho ($1,000).


Elliot Gardner of Northwestern University to attend the Tropical Botany course in southern Florida at National Tropical Botanical Garden, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, and Montgomery Botanical Center ($1,000).


Julián Aguirre-Santoro of City University of New York and The New York Botanical Garden to attend Bodega Applied Phylogenetics Workshop at the Bodega Marine Laboratory in California ($1,000).


Nicolas Garcia of University of Florida to attend the Tropical Botany course in southern Florida at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and the National Tropical Botanical Garden ($1000).


Carolyn Pucko of University of Vermont to attend The North American Dendroecological Fieldweek at the White Mountains Research Station in California ($1000).

2004. Michael Sundue of the City University of New York to attend a course in tropical plant systematics at the Organization of Tropical Studies in Costa Rica ($1,000).

2004. Todd Osmundson of the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation of Columbia University to attend a workshop on molecular evolution at the Marine Biology Laboratory at Woods Hole, Massachusetts. ($1,000)

2002. Paola Pedraza of the City University of New York to attend the course Tropical Botany taught by Dr. Walter S. Judd of the University of Florida. ($1,000)

2001. Linda Fuselier of the University of Kentucky to attend a course in field bryology at the Highlands Biological Station. ($1,000)