Graduate Student Travel Awards

The Plant Growth Regulation Society of America will be offering Graduate Student Travel awards for the 41st annual meeting in San Francisco, CA July 13-17, 2014. PGRSA will award up to five travel grants in the amount of $500 each on a competitive basis to be used by graduate students to help defray the cost of travel to its annual conference. To be eligible the student must be the senior author of an abstract submitted for consideration either as a poster or oral presentation at the conference. The travel award will be made to both the student and the major professor, but the funds can only be used to support student expenses. To apply for a student travel award please complete an application and submit it to pgrsa2014@gmail.com by June 1, 2014.

Award Application

Outstanding Student Paper & Poster Award

This competitive award is presented in recognition of an outstanding oral or poster plant growth regulation presentation from the PGRSA Annual Conference. The Outstanding Paper and Poster Awards, which have been presented at the annual meeting since 1992, consist of a $250 payment and an award certificate highlighting the accomplishment.

 
 

Valent BioSciences Historical Perspectives Award

The Valent BioSciences Historical Perspectives Award recognizes excellence in the field of plant growth regulation. This award was initiated by Valent BioSciences Corporation, the world leader in plant growth regulators, to recognize the scientific discoveries and distinguished careers of scientists who have had significant impact in the field of plant growth regulation including basic plant physiology, hormone activity, or the development of plant growth regulator products. The winner of the Valent BioSciences Historical Perspectives Award is invited to present a paper on the historical background in the area of plant growth regulation at the PGRSA Annual Conference. The winner of the Valent BioSciences Historical Perspectives Award receives free registration, a $500 honorarium, and a certificate of recognition at the PGRSA proceedings.

Awardees

  • 2009 Wilhelm Rademacher (BASF SE, Limburgerhof, Germany): The Story Behind Prohexadione-Calcium
  • 2010 Jerry Cohen (University of Minnesota, Saint Paul, Minnesota): Auxin History: From Coleoptiles, Arabidopsis, and Strawberries, the Regulatory Signal for Plant Growth
  • 2011 Duane Greene (University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts): Development of 6-Benzyladenine as an Apple Thinner
  • 2012 Wilhelm Rademacher (BASF SE, Limburgerhof, Germany): The History of Gibberellins
  • 2013 Duane Bartholomew (University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii): History and Perspectives on the Role of Ethylene in Pineapple Flowering
  • 2014 Warren Shafer (Valent BioSciences Corporation, Libertyville, Illinois): The Commercial Development of Aminoethoxyvinylglycine (AVG) – A Historical Perspective

Winners
Dr. Jerry Cohen

Valent BioSciences Young Scientist Award

The Valent BioSciences Young Scientist Award recognizes excellence in the field of plant growth regulation. This award was initiated by Valent BioSciences Corporation, the world leader in plant growth regulators, to recognize outstanding initiative and creativity of young scientists. The award recognizes young individuals who have made significant scientific discoveries in plant growth regulation including basic plant physiology, hormone activity, or plant growth regulator products. The winner of the Valent BioSciences Historical Perspectives Award is invited to present a paper on their research in plant growth regulation at the PGRSA Annual Conference. The winner of the Valent BioSciences Young Scientist Award receives free registration, a $500 honorarium, and a certificate of recognition at PGRSA proceedings.

Awardees

  • 2010 Sean Cutler (University of California-Riverside, Riverside California): Chemical and Genetic Dissection of ABA Receptor Function
  • 2011 Matt Fidelibus (University of California-Davis, Davis, California): Effects of ABA on Berry Physiology, Quality, and Postharvest Storage of Crimson Seedless Table Grapes
  • 2012 Sheng Yang He (Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan): Jasmonate Signaling
  • 2013 Moritz Knoche (University of Hannover, Hannover, Germany): Effects of pH, Temperature, Humidity, and Rewetting on Cuticular Penetration
  • 2014 Dean Kopsell (University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee): Manipulations of Carotenoid Biosynthesis in Specialty Crops Using Unique PGRs