The Southern Appalachian Botanical Society presents five awards annually at its April meeting.

Elizabeth Ann Bartholomew Award

The Society annually presents this Award in memory of Elizabeth Ann Bartholomew's untiring service to the public, to plant systematics, and to this organization. This award is presented to individuals who have also distinguished themselves in professional and public service that advances our knowledge and appreciation of the world of plants and their scientific, cultural, and aesthetic values, and/or exceptional service to the society. The first Batholomew Award was presented to Aaron J. Sharp in 1989.

Richard and Minnie Windler Award

This Award is designated for the best systematics paper published during the preceding year within our journal Castanea. It was established by Dr. Don Windler as a memorial to his parents. The first award was presented to Martha Carolina Easley and Walter S. Judd for their article published in volume 55 of Castanea (1990).

Earl Core Student Research Award

Dr. Earl Core was a major force in the founding of the Southern Appalachian Botanical Club in 1935. The annual Core Student Research Award was established by the Society in 1996 to provide financial assistance in support of student research projects in plant taxonomy, systematics, and ecology. The application deadline is in early February each year and the award amount may be up to $500.

Student Presentation Awards

These society awards were started at the annual meeting in April 2011. Each year we will present two awards as follows:

  • SABS Outstanding Student Poster Award
  • SABS Outstanding Student Contributed Paper Award

Each award includes an honorarium of $300, and the winners are announced at the Association of Southeastern Biologists banquet.

Student Conference Support Award

This is a new award (for 2016) to assist students attending the ASB meeting.  The award is available to undergraduate and graduate students presenting a paper or poster with a botanical focus at the annual ASB/SABS meeting. Criteria for obtaining an award include:

  • Presence at the meeting; absences will result in forfeiture of the award.
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate/graduate student in the department where the presented research was conducted, or have graduated during the fall semester of the year prior to the meeting.
  • Applicants must be members of SABS in the year of the award. You may renew your SABS membership or apply for new membership on under the membership tab (to the left).  
  • Complete applications will include both an application form and a letter of support from the student’s faculty advisor; incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • The award amount is $300.

Conference support application (pdf)

This page updated December 10, 2015.