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ASB AWARDS GIVEN AT THE ANNUAL MEETING
Recent award winners are listed under each award description.
Research Awards

ASB Research Award in Microbiology ($500)

Given for an especially meritorious oral presentation of research results by the author(s) at the annual meeting

  • 2013 - Matthew Boyce, Department of Biology, Virginia Wesleyan College, Norfolk, VA
  • 2012 - No award was made

ASB Senior Research Award ($1000)
Given for an especially meritorious manuscript presented orally by the senior author at the annual meeting

  • 2013 - Matthew J. Heard, Department of Biology, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC
  • 2012 - Michael E. Dorcas, Davidson College, Davidson, NC

ASB Student Poster Award ($300)
Given for an especially meritorious poster presentation by the author(s) at the annual meeting

  • 2013 - Carol B. Starkey, Department of Biology, Marshall University, Huntington, WV
  • 2013 - Lauren E. Carter, Department of Biology, Davidson College, Davidson, NC
  • 2012 - Chance D. Ruder, Davidson College, Davidson, NC

ASB Student Research Award ($1000)
Given for an especially meritorious manuscript presented by the author(s) at the annual meeting

  • 2013 - Sheri A. Shiflett, Department of Biology, Virginia commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
  • 2012 - Lindsay D. Leverett, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

Botanical Society of America Southeastern Section Student Awards ($300)
Two awards, $300 each, one for best paper and one for best poster in plant science presented at the annual meeting

  • 2013 - Best Paper Presentation - Ryan Dorkoski, Department of Environmental and Plant Biology, Ohio University, Athens, OH
  • 2013 - Best Poster Presentation - Anastasia M. Woodard, Department of Biological Sciences, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR
  • 2012 - No awards were made

Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning Student Research Award in Aquatic Biology ($200)
Purpose is to encourage excellence in aquatic biology research by undergraduate and graduate students

  • 2013 - Madeleine M. Kern, Davidson College, Davidson, NC
  • 2012 - Madeleine M. Kern, Davidson College, Davidson, NC


Elsie Quarterman-Catherine Keever Award ($500)
Given by the SE Chapter of the Ecological Society of America for the best ecological poster presented by a student at the annual meeting

  • 2013 - Cakey Worthington, Department of Biology, Davidson College, Davidson, NC
  • 2012 - Anne B. Cubeta, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC

Eugene P. Odum Award ($500)
Given by the SE Chapter of the Ecological Society of America for the best oral presentation on ecological research given by a student at the annual meeting

  • 2013 - Kyle A. Palmquist, Curriculum for the Environment and Ecology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
  • 2013 - Honorable Mention - Teresa Moody, Center for Wildlife Health, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
  • 2012 - Keri M. Goodman, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
  • 2012 - Honorable Mention - Kyle A. Palmquist, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC

The North Carolina Botanical Garden Award ($200)
Given by NCBG (through the SE section of the Botanical Society of America and the Southern Appalachian Botanical Society) for a paper given at the meeting that best advances our understanding of the biology and conservation for southeastern plants

  • 2013 - April P. Punsalan, Department of Biology, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC
  • 2012 - Andrea R. Benson, University of Tennessee Chattanooga, TN

Southern Appalachian Botanical Society (SABS) Paper Presentation Award ($500) Given by SABS to reward outstanding undergraduate or graduate student botanical presentations at the annual ASB meeting.

  • 2012 - Andrea R. Benson, University of Tennessee Chattanooga, TN

SABS Poster Presentation Award ($500) Given by SABS to reward outstanding undergraduate or graduate student botanical presentations at the annual ASB meeting.

  • 2013 - Gwendolyn Casebeer, Biology Department, University of North Carolina Asheville, NC
  • 2012 - Jennifer S. Stanley, University of Tennessee Chattanooga, TN

SABS Earl Core Student Award (up to $500)

Provides financial assistance in support of student research projects in plant taxonomy, systematics, and ecology

  • 2013 - Clayton M. Costa, Department of Biological Sciences, Towson University, Towson, MD
  • 2013 - Renee Fortner, Department of Biology, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
  • 2013 - Karoline Oldham, Department of Environmental Science and Policy, George mason University, Fairfax, VA
  • 2012 - Matthew Hansen, Towson University, Towson, MD

SABS Richard and Minnie Windler Award ($500) - Two awards, one for Ecology and one for Systematics - Presented annually to the author or authors of the best papers published in Castanea during the previous year.

  • 2013 - Joey Shaw, Hill Craddock, and Meghan Binkley
  • 2012 - James A. Schrader and William R. Graves

Service Awards


SABS Elizabeth Ann Bartholomew Award Presented to individuals who have 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, or exceptional service to the society.

  • 2013 - Stewart A. Ware, Emeritus Professor of Biology, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
  • 2012 - Audrey Mellichamp, Managing Editor of Castanea

Teaching Awards

ASB Meritorious Teaching Award ($1500)

Annual award for meritorious teaching in biology

  • 2013 - Kim Marie Tolson, University of Louisiana, Monroe
  • 2012 - Jennifer Davis, Shorter University, Rome, GA
  • For a list of previous awardees, click here.

ASB Lucrecia Herr Outstanding Biology Teacher Award ($750)
Recognition of outstanding teachers at the the secondary school level

  • 2013 - No award was made this year
  • 2012 - William E. Schuyler, Forsyth Central High School, Cumming, GA

    Support Awards


    Support Awards for Graduate Student Members of ASB

    Provides lodging and meals for the annual meeting

    2013
    • Spencer N. Bissett, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
    • Laura M. Boggess, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
    • Casey Carpenter, University of Tennessee Chattanooga, TN
    • Samira R. Elkharash, University of Louisiana, Monroe ,LA
    • William Futch - University of Louisiana, Monroe, LA
    • Amelia Harris, University of Tennessee Chattanooga, TN
    • Morgan Harris, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
    • James C. Haynes, University of Louisiana, Monroe, LA
    • J. Murray Hyde, Troy State University, Troy, AL
    • Jayne Lampley, Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL
    • Linda A. Major, Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL
    • Kevin L. McDonald, Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL
    • Bijay B. Niraula, Troy State University, Troy, AL
    • Kathryn Rogers, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
    • Sheri Shiflett, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
    • Stephen Via, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
    • Lindsay White, Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL
    • John R. Williams, Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL
    • David Wilson, University of Tennessee Chattanooga, TN
    • Anastasia M. Woodard, Arkansas State University, Conway, AR

    2012
    • Charles Battaglia, University of Louisiana, Monroe
    • Barbara Biebinger, Troy University, Troy, AL
    • Lisa Brown, University of Louisiana, Monroe
    • Indrani Dey, Troy University, Troy, AL
    • Bijay Niraula, Troy University, Troy, AL
    • Evelyn Reategui-Zirena, Troy University, Troy, AL
    • Matthew Reid, University of Louisiana, Monroe
    • Jennifer Stanley, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

    Society of Wetland Scientists South Atlantic Chapter Student Travel Awards ($100)

    *There will be no SWS Award offered for 2014
    • Matthew R. Semcheski, Department of Biological Sciences, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA


    Special Award


    The Robert H. Martin Professional Excellence Award

    Recognizes ASB members who have devoted a major portion of their career to service in biology education, research, or the profession in general

    Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society Southeastern Region Outstanding Paper and Poster Awards

    Southeastern District I Paper Session Frank J. Brooks Paper Award Winner

    • 2013 - Tyler J. Sloan, Sigma Psi, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL

    Southeastern District II Paper Session Frank J. Brooks Paper Award Winner

    • 2013 - Mandy Pearson, Mu Phi, Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL

    Combined Southeastern Districts I and II Paper Session Frank J. Brooks Paper Award Winner

    • 2013 - Anna Austin, Mu Epsilon, Troy State University, Troy, AL

    Southeastern District I Poster Session John C. Johnson Poster Award Winner


    • 2013 - Brian J. Bement, Sigma Psi, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL

    Southeastern District II Paper Session Frank J. Brooks Paper Award Winner

    • Sydney L. Worthy, Mu Omicron, Columbus State University, Columbus, GA