Recipients of Student Convention Grants

Gesneriad Society established the Student Convention Grants in 2011. They are awarded to students interested in or actively studying the plant family Gesneriaceae. The grants provide registration, accommodation costs and/or some expenses for students to attend the annual international Convention. Guidelines for submitting an application for a Student Convention Grant can be found here. The Gesneriad Society is proud to have enabled these students to attend the annual convention and give convention registrants a look at their research. Recent recipients of these grants are:

2017
All of this year’s grant recipients are high school biology students at the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey who participated in the 2017 research expeditions to Ecuador or Cuba directed by their teacher, Dr. John L. Clark.
Jonny Yue: 
 Presented a PowerPoint “Biodiversity Research in Ecuador”
Alex Small: Presented a video blog “The Lawrenceville in Ecuador Program” (co-authored with student Vinh “Christian” Luu who was unable to travel to convention from his home in Vietnam)
Annika Goldman:  Presented a video blog “The Lawrenceville in Cuba Program”
Hiroki Nagao:  Presented a poster “Geographic Distribution of Plants of the Gesneriaceae Family in Cuba”

2016
Hong Xin: Ph.D. program (now completed), Anhui Normal University, College of Life Science, China. Presentation: The spatial distribution of favorable habitats for Primulina under climate change and predictions for the future.
Megan Kucker and Claire Garcia: Megan was a junior and Claire a sophomore at Lawrenceville School, New Jersey, USA, at the time of the convention. Presentation: Cerro Candelaria Reserve: a research expedition (led by Dr. John L. Clark) to a recently established reserve along the Ecuadorian Andes. 

2015
Laura Clavijo: Ph.D. program, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
Jason Martin: Masters of Science program, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
François Lambert: Masters of Biological Science degree program, Institut de recherché en biologie végétale, Université de Montréal, Québec
Melissa Anne Johnson: Ph.D. Candidate in Botany, Claremont Graduate University, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, California
Hong Xin: Ph.D. program, Anhui Normal University, College of Life Science, China

2014
Laura Clavijo: Ph.D. program, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
Jon Grammer: Biology Major, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
François Lambert: Masters of Biological Science degree program, Institut de recherché en biologie végétale, Université de Montréal, Québec, Canada
Reece Watson: Masters of Science program, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
Hong Xin: Ph.D. program, College of Life Sciences, Anhui Normal University, China

2013
Hermine Alexandre: Ph.D. candidate, Institut de recherché en biologie végétale, Université de Montréal, Québec, Canada
Jeremy Keene: Ph.D. student, Department of Environmental and Plant Biology, Ohio University, Athens
François Lambert: Institut de recherché en biologie végétale, Université de Montréal, Québec, Canada
Jason Martin: Masters of Science program, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
Reece Watson: Masters of Science program, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
Laura Clavijo: Ph.D. student, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

2012 
Laura Clavijo: Ph.D. student, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
Cassandra Coleman: Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
Jeremy Keene: Ph.D. student, Department of Environmental and Plant Biology, Ohio University, Athens

2011 
Laura Frost: University of Alabama (undergraduate), Tuscaloosa
Jeremy Keene: Ph.D. student, Plant Systematics, Ohio University, Athens
Lacie Schulte: Research Assistant, Department of Biological Sciences, Boise State University, Idaho

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