Torrey Botanical Society Undergraduate Student Research Fellowship

The Torrey Botanical Society supports undergraduate student research with three annual awards: $1,500, $1,000 and $500. These amounts will be awarded to the first, second, and third-place applicants, respectively, as judged by members of the selection committee. Undergraduate students who are members of the Society are eligible to apply for an award. This award must be used to help defray laboratory and/or fieldwork expenses related to botanical research. 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) body of the proposal of no more than two pages; 3) literature cited page; 4) budget, including brief justification for each item; 5) a current C.V.; and 6) a letter from the major professor detailing the current status of the applicant and his/her qualifications. 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

At 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 research fellowships should consider publishing results of the research in the Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society.

Past Recipients


First place ($1,500): Jamie Mitchel Waterman, The University of Vermont. “Analysis of proanthocyanidins (condensed tannins) within foliage of Populus balsamifera, Populus deltoides, and their hybrids during Melampsora spp. infection.”