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All GCA Scholarships Recipients by Year

Matthew Abbott

Category: Coastal Wetlands Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Coastal Wetlands Studies

Matthew Abbott, Ph.D. student in the Biology Department at the University of Mississippi will test his hypothesis why some carnivorous plants also have a symbiotic or mutualistic relationship with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. AM fungi are an important component of soil life and confer a variety of benefits to the plant host in exchange for essential carbohydrates and vitamins. But, why these associations exist remains unexplained since it has been assumed that most carnivorous plants get their nutrients from prey. To test his theory he will use the fire-prone coastal pitcher plant bogs at the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, in Mississippi, where fire continuously changes and stimulates the nutrients available. 



Allyson Ayalon

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Hope Goddard Iselin Fellowship in Public Horticulture

Alysson Ayalon is a Master’s student in Horticulture and Agronomy at the University of California, Davis. Her interests in public horticulture include plant records, collections management, curatorial projects, education and outreach. Her research and curation project will be in the Mary Wattis Brown Garden of California Plants at UC Davis. She will audit the collection, which has not been done since 1977, and will develop a plan of improvements to the native plants garden and will help to align them to the California Floristics course at UC Davis. 



Alec Baird

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Summer Scholarship in Field Botany

Alec Baird is an undergraduate student studying plant biology and French at the University of Washington, Seattle. By analyzing the leaf physiological responses to drought in the quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides) he hopes to accurately predict how this plant species will respond to anthropogenic or human caused climate change. He believes that combining plant ecology and plant physiology (plant eco-physiology) is a necessary approach to understanding how certain traits will mediate the effects of climate change. 



Megan Barnes

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture

Megan Barnes is a second year Landscape Architecture Masters student at the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment. She will be spending her summer at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, working closely with the director to create a new Master Plan for the Gardens that will incorporate desired growth and renovations, change visitor population and event planning. The project will look at potential future scenarios and directions for the management of the Garden's historical and varied horticultural collections.



Aurora Lela Bayless

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Awards for Summer Environmental Studies

Aurora Lela Bayless has completed a Russian Language B.A. from the University of Montana, and is now finishing a Biology degree with a Natural History focus. This summer she will be studying non-structural carbohydrates in Ponderosa pine trees. She will be working in conjunction with Anna Sala, director of the Physiological Plant Ecology Lab in Missoula, Montana to determine how non-structural carbohydrates affect drought related tree mortality.



Nathaniel J. Behl

Category: Native Bird Habitat
Scholarship: The Frances M. Peacock Scholarship for Native Bird Habitat

Nathaniel J. Behl is currently a first-year graduate student at the University of Wyoming, Laramie. His project is entitled "The effect of habitat and landscape on the density and distribution of South Hills Crossbills.” It is aimed at identifying how landscape patterns and habitat structure influence the density and distribution of this unique Crossbill whose habitat stretches across a large portion of the Rocky Mountain lodgepole pine forest in southern Idaho. Since the pines are endangered, so are the Crossbills. His study will be conducted over two summers and will inform future conservation efforts. 



Meghan M. Bennett

Category: Pollinator Research
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Board of Associates Centennial Pollinator Fellowship

Meghan M. Bennett is a Zoology Ph.D. student at North Dakota State University, who is interested in the environmental impacts on pollinators in the midst of a changing climate. Her research is focused on understanding how environmental light and temperature patterns affect pupa development and adult emergence using the alfalfa leaf cutting bee, Megachile rotundata, a very important commercial pollinator.



Matthew Bond

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Anne S. Chatham Fellowship in Medicinal Botany

Matthew Bond is a Ph.D. student in the Botany Department of the University of Hawaii at Mānoa.  He will conduct ethno-botanical fieldwork in a less-studied region of the Solomon Islands, North Malaita, to study how the local people select, prepare, and consume plants for medicine. Mathew has made previous visits to build relationships, obtain and apply for permits, and learn local languages. He will be collecting samples and will analyze medicinal plant harvesting practices of traditional healers’ to test if the local people are using the plants and plant parts that are most effective for treating disease. 



Tristesse Burton

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Anne S. Chatham Fellowship in Medicinal Botany

Tristesse Burton is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy which is defined as the study of medicines derived from natural sources. She will identify the active compounds of three American Indian plants that can be used to improve women’s health, primarily for menopause, cancer, and inflammation.  Her research project will also verify the traditional and current usage of these plants through ethno-botanical studies.  Currently, there is limited scientific information supporting the use of American Indian botanicals for women’s health. 



Mary Jane Carmichael

Category: Coastal Wetlands Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Coastal Wetlands Studies

Mary Jane Carmichael, a Ph.D. student at Wake Forest University, will research the role of standing dead vegetation in the atmospheric flux or flow rate of methane gas from wetlands in an expanded study. A previous pilot study indicated that dead woody vegetation exposed to excessive over wash by salt water mixed with high organic input from agricultural sources may be an important unrecognized source of methane which is potent greenhouse gas. She will conduct her research at a wetland being restored in Tyrrell County, NC.  The study will provide a more comprehensive understanding of the pathways of methane flow from freshwater coastal wetlands, aiding in management decisions for greenhouse gas emissions.



Amanda Chang

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Mary T. Carothers Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship

Amanda Chang, is a junior at Princeton University in New Jersey, with an academic concentration in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Her research will integrate the knowledge of terrestrial fire ecology at the Archbold Biological Station in Venus, Florida, with existing theory of what controls the composition of aquatic communities and whether recent fires increase the amount of nutrients released by terrestrial plants and soils into ponds, and finally how this resource affects amphibian and invertebrate biomass.



Xuan Chen

Category: Coastal Wetlands Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Coastal Wetlands Studies

Xuan Chen, a Ph.D. candidate at Louisiana State University, Department of Entomology, is researching floating marshes, a globally rare and unique type of wetland that serves important ecological functions such as protecting the coastline from wave action but that also suffer many types of disturbances, including multiple plant invasions.  His study is the first of its kind in the state and will use ants as bio indicators to study how successive invasive woody plants affect the floating marsh ecosystem. As an ant specialist, he encourages conservation biologists to add insects to their environmental monitoring and has even discovered a new ant species to the United States.  

Funded by the 2014 Annual Meeting hosted by Zone IX, New Orleans, (LA)



Ashley Cisneros

Category: Conservation & Ecological Restoration
Scholarship: The Sara Shallenberger Brown Garden Club of America National Parks Conservation Scholarship

Ashley Cisneros is a student at Foothill College, Los Altos, California, where her majors are Environmental Studies and Mass Communications. Her past placements as a crew member with SCA were in Acadia National Park, Maine and Seedskadee Wildlife Refuge, Wyoming. On these programs, Ashley helped her team do trail maintenance and repairs to out-buildings. As an Apprentice Crew Leader she will move closer to achieving her goal of becoming a Crew Leader.  Her ultimate career goal is to be a Park Ranger. This summer she will work on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in Bear Mountain, New York. 



Margaret Craig Cobb

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Awards for Summer Environmental Studies

Margaret Craig Cobb is a junior at the University of Arkansas with an academic concentration in Dietetics and Spanish. Her study abroad in Mozambique is designed to be an interdisciplinary service project in horticulture, sustainability and farming. She will work in a poultry business that was designed to be a model for sustainable economic business development. 



Vanessa Constant

Category: Coastal Wetlands Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Coastal Wetlands Studies

Vanessa Constant, a Ph.D. student at Oregon State University in the Department of Integrative Biology, will explore the relationship between vegetative communities, environmental characteristics, and climate change. She will examine the role of vegetation in mediating sea level rise (SLR) and its ability to protect the Oregon coast and its salt marshes. The entire Pacific Northwest’s coastal salt marshes are essential for coastal protection, dissipating wave energy, stabilizing sediment, and increasing inter-tidal elevation and size. She will study four sites for three complete field seasons, in both southern and northern Oregon. Integrating her study within the community, she will facilitate planting initiatives and conduct programs with a local science center to educate students on the importance and role of salt marshes.



Rachel Cook

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship

Rachel Cook is a junior at The College of William and Mary with an academic concentration in Biology. She will be doing an internship to discern the trophic relationships among insects, historical and contemporary, associated with the American chestnut. She will be supervised by a professor in the biology department at William and Mary and Dr. Robert Kula at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of Natural History in DC.

Funded by Amateurs Gardeners Club (MD), Zone VI



Kathryn Cooney

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Elizabeth Gardner Norweb Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship

Kathryn Cooney is a junior studying Environmental Science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. This summer she will participate in a research program at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. She will study how predators affect snails on tropical shorelines of Pacific Panama. Kathryn will be responsible for conducting field and laboratory experiments to manipulate encounters between predators and potential prey. This is the second time Kathryn has received a Summer Environmental Studies Award. 



Jessica Debats

Category: Urban Forestry
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Zone VI Fellowship in Urban Forestry

Jessica Debats is a doctoral candidate in Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. Her dissertation, “Seeing the City for the Trees: Public Space, Climate Adaptation, and Environmental Justice,” examines how New York and Los Angeles used public-private partnerships to mitigate the urban heat island through urban forestry, particularly in low-income, low-canopy neighborhoods. Using remote sensing, planting records, tax records, census data, and historical aerial photography, Jessica will analyze how the evolution of each city’s built environment shaped the plantings in public vs. private space and low vs. high income neighborhoods.

Funded by Casey Trees, Washington, DC, Zone VI



Eleanor Debreu

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Awards for Summer Environmental Studies

Eleanor Debreu is a junior at Barnard College majoring in Urban Studies, with a concentration in Architecture and Music. In partnership with the Riverside Park Conservancy, she will work to restore and transform focus NYC’s Riverside Park “Forever Wild” landscape into a butterfly meadow. Her research will examine sustainable and productive methods for maintaining and preserving wild landscapes within larger urban settings. With a focus on biodiversity, habitat restoration, site dynamics, and permaculture, Eleanor plans to reintroduce pollinator plants, including native milkweed for monarch butterflies, and to recreate a pollinator haven that also increases public awareness. 



R. Kyle Derby

Category: Coastal Wetlands Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Coastal Wetlands Studies

R. Kyle Derby is a Master’s candidate in Environmental Science and Technology at the University of Maryland. His project will test a new Marsh Equilibrium model, which will estimate methane emissions from a brackish tidal wetland on the Eastern Shore of Maryland's Chesapeake Bay. Using data collected in the field and the laboratory, the validation of this model will allow for carbon creditors to accurately estimate the amount of methane gas brackish marshes emit, without costly direct monitoring. Methane, a potent greenhouse gas, may offset a significant portion of the carbon sequestration benefit of many brackish marshes.



Emily Detrick

Category: Garden History & Design
Scholarship: The Douglas Dockery Thomas Fellowship in Garden History and Design

Emily Detrick is pursuing a Master’s degree in Horticulture at Cornell University. Her research will focus on the preparation of a best practices approach to gathering, documenting and curating historic garden collections. She will develop resources to guide the collection documentation process, including a video documentary. This will help institutions maximize not only internal efficacy but also their capacity to contribute to larger scale conservation efforts.



Nathan Detwiler

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture

Nathan Detwiler is studying horticulture at Ohio State University where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Sustainable Plant Systems.  He is interested in finding ways to grow vegetables while improving the quality and health of the farm ecosystem.  Nathan is also interested in promoting local foods and farm-to-fork food systems.  This summer he is planning to improve his marketing skills by working with a farm that sells directly to the public. Nathan‘s career goal is to operate an organic vegetable farm helping to reconnect people with good food and sustainable farming practices. 



Samantha Doonan

Category: Conservation & Ecological Restoration
Scholarship: The Sara Shallenberger Brown Garden Club of America National Parks Conservation Scholarship

Samantha Doonan is a student at Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts majoring in Psychology and Health: Science, Society and Policy. Previously, Samantha has had placements with SCA in White Mountain National Recreation Area, Alaska and Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado. She says that the Apprentice Crew Leader position excites her to her core and that SCA changed her life by allowing her to work with like-minded environmentalists. Her summer will be spent in Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.



Crawford Drury

Category: Conservation & Ecological Restoration
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Fellowship in Ecological Restoration

Crawford Drury is a Ph.D. student at the University of Miami where he combines ecological restoration and genetic studies to examine the endangered staghorn coral, Acropora cervicorni. His project, “Restoring degraded populations of the endangered staghorn coral using gardening and landscaping methods,” will take place on nearby reefs of the Florida Reef Tract. Data collection will lead to a better understanding of how individual corals interact to form thickets, the historically important structures formed by staghorn coral that are rare today. 



Annelise Eagleton

Category: Conservation & Ecological Restoration
Scholarship: The Sara Shallenberger Brown Garden Club of America National Parks Conservation Scholarship

Annelise Eagleton is a student in Environmental Studies and Biology at the University of Idaho. Annelise has been a crew member with SCA in the Great Smokey Mountain National Park, Tennessee and Glennallen Bureau of Land Management, Alaska. She wants to do “everything in her power to help promote conservation to preserve our natural areas.” She also hopes to be a Crew Leader one day.  Her future goal is leadership or education in the field of conservation. This summer Annelise will work in the Olympic National Park, Washington.



Landon Edwards

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Awards for Summer Environmental Studies

Landon Edwards is a junior pursuing degrees in Biology and Sustainable Agriculture at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina. This summer she will be traveling to Missoula, Montana, to conduct research on invasive weed species control methods. In conjunction with Morgan Valliant of Missoula Parks and Recreation, she will be examining the relationship between native and invasive plant species phenology and sheep grazing preference as part of a continuing effort to use sheep as weed control.



Andrew Esterson

Category: Conservation & Ecological Restoration
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Fellowship in Ecological Restoration

Andrew Esterson is a Master’s candidate at Oregon State University in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology. His research focuses on plant-soil feedback (PSF) as a mechanism of invasion. His thesis project will evaluate PSF effects by the invasive grass, false brome, Brachypodium sylvaticum, on the native plant community in Douglas fir forests through a series of greenhouse experiments. He will also measure changes in soil microorganism community composition once false brome is removed and observe how changes in microorganism composition effect plant growth. 



Stephanie Fong

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Corliss Knapp Engle Scholarship in Horticulture

Stephanie Fong is a first year Ph.D. student at Rutgers University studying Plant Biology with a concentration on Plant Breeding and Genomics. She will continue her study of fruit rot disease resistance in cranberries while working to identify molecular markers to aid in breeding methods. She hopes her research will aid and apply to other fruit crops as well.



Chiara Forrester

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Awards for Summer Environmental Studies

Chiara Forrester is studying Plant Ecology and Biodiversity at Hampshire College in Massachusetts. As a junior she will conduct research at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Gothic, Colorado, a renowned high-altitude ecological field and research station. Her focus will be symbiotic relationships between plants and fungi. She will test whether a beneficial symbiont alters the outcome of competition, potentially facilitating the coexistence of a host species and it competitor.



Auriel Fournier

Category: Native Bird Habitat
Scholarship: The Frances M. Peacock Scholarship for Native Bird Habitat

Auriel Fournier is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Arkansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at the University of Arkansas. Her research project studies the migration ecology of rails, a secretive marsh bird. She will use stable isotopes from their feathers to assess their migratory connectivity between their breeding grounds in the northern United States and Canada and their migratory habitat in Missouri using both stable isotopes and eBird data.



Cristina Francois

Category: Desert Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Desert Studies

Cristina Francois is working on her PhD. in Entomology and Insect Sciences at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Her research consists of determining the physiological mechanisms responsible for, as well as the ecological implications of, polymorphism, in the white-lined sphinx moth, (Hyles lineate). The white-lined sphinx moth is the most abundant and wide spread sphinx moth in North America. Their habitats cover a wide range of territory with variable climates and little is known about their several color and marking variations. 



Molly Freund

Category: Desert Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Desert Studies

Molly Freund is currently a junior at Arizona State University pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture while minoring in Sustainability and Urban Planning. Molly’s interests include the unique ecology and native flora of the Sonoran Desert. While interning at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona, she will gain valuable horticultural knowledge and practical experience working closely with arid landscape plants.

Funded by Nancy Swanson, Columbine Garden Club, (AZ) Zone XII



Lauren Gamblin

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Elizabeth Gardner Norweb Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship

Lauren Gamblin is a sophomore at Mississippi State University studying Horticulture where she is an Undergraduate Research Scholar. Her research objective is to understand how activity and diversity of soil organisms impact plant growth and their ability to overcome pathogens. Her particular interest is to determine if beneficial soil invertebrates can assist loblolly pine in overcoming an attack of blue stain fungus. Loblolly pines are a significant and abundant tree species in the southeastern United States.

Funded by the Garden Club of Cleveland (OH), Zone X and The Norweb Foundation (OH), Zone X



Lorenzo Gibson

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship

Lorenzo Gibson is a third year undergraduate at Columbia University. His ecological fieldwork and research will be conducted in India's Western Ghats through Columbia University's Summer Ecosystem Experience (SEE-U) Program. He is interested in sustainable urban agriculture, natural waste management and nutrient recycling processes.



Geoffrey Griffiths

Category: Conservation & Ecological Restoration
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Fellowship in Ecological Restoration

Geoffrey Griffiths is a Ph.D. student in Ecology at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York. Geoff is actively working to restore populations of native plants and to understand plant-insect interactions in forests recovering from past agricultural land use. He is currently recruiting and training a network of volunteers to sustain longer term monitoring efforts for his research on “Engaging citizen scientists in the restoration of understory vascular plant and pollinator assemblages.”



Rachel Grinwis

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture

Rachel Grinwis is a junior at Michigan State University in Landscape Design. Rachel is a full time student as well as a full time mother. She comes from a farming background and is a natural horticulturist. Her past employers at Montague Tree Farms helped nurture her love of horticulture and trees and encouraged her to return to school to obtain a horticulture degree. She accepted a 2015 intern position where she will be helping with research in urban forestry, Christmas trees, phytoremediation, and tree diseases. After graduation, Rachel would like to stay in the fields of landscape design and urban forestry. 



Juan Ernesto Guevara

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Awards in Tropical Botany

Juan Ernesto Guevara is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Integrative Biology at University of California, Berkeley. He is broadly interested in the ecological and evolutionary processes underlying the current patterns of Amazonian tree species turnover and endemism.  He is particularly interested in investigating the role of climate and heterogeneity, influenced by diversity, in the species turnover along a longitudinal gradient in Amazon terra firma forests. His intensive fieldwork will take him to places in Western and Central Amazonia where others have not collected before.



Brittany Harris

Category: Pollinator Research
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Board of Associates Centennial Pollinator Fellowship

Brittany Harris is a Master’s student in Environmental Science, Agroecology Department, at Florida International University.  Her research, titled "Insecticides and pollination of imperiled plants of the Lower Florida Keys," will investigate indirect effects of mosquito insecticide drift on rare plant reproduction resulting from non-target pollinator loss.  Education is also an important component and she is developing a STEM curriculum to educate teachers and 4-H students about the importance of beneficial insects and pollinator habitat.



Jessie Lee Hawkins

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture

Jessie Lee Hawkins is a student in the Master of Landscape Architecture program at Kent State University's Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative. The program focuses on sustainable landscapes, concentrating on urban areas, along with regional ecologic, economic and social issues. As a Cleveland native, it has become Jessie’s passion to see the redemption of the Rustbelt, contributing toward that goal through landscape architecture. Growing up in the family greenhouse business has provided her a unique perspective on the challenges presented by the flux of urbanization, common to many cities in the Great Lakes region. 



William Hembree

Category: International Work & Study
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America and the Royal Horticultural Society Interchange Fellowships

The Royal Horticultural Society Interchange Fellow, William “Will” Hembree, majored in Horticulture and is a 2015 graduate of the University of Georgia. Will is interested in a career in public horticulture and, in addition to being an Eagle Scout, has received numerous awards including the University of Georgia Presidential Scholarship, the UGA Department of Horticulture Award for an outstanding junior and multiple UGA College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Travel and Research scholarships. He will travel to London late this summer to begin his fellowship. Through-out the year he will work and study at many RHS Garden properties and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and Edinburgh.



Nicholas Henshue

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Caroline Thorn Kissel Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship

Nicholas Henshue is a third-year doctoral candidate at Rutgers University, New Jersey. His field is Ecology and Evolution and he will be studying how different earthworm species can possibly be used to clean up polluted industrial sites. He theorizes that five of the most common types of worms to the northern United States have the ability to change soil composition enough for plants to grow. Preliminary research suggests that while the pollution will still be in the soil, it could become modified chemically to pose less harm to the animals and plants in the ecosystem after being consumed by either the earthworms or the literally thousands of microorganisms they bring along with them. 



Jeffrey Holzer

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture

Jeffrey Holzer is a senior at Pennsylvania State University earning his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture with two minors in Geography and Environmental Inquiry with a focus in Biodiversity and Ecosystems.  In addition to his studies, he is a horticulture intern at The Arboretum at Penn State and serves on the College of Arts and Architecture Student Council and University Park Undergraduate Association. While serving as facilities chair of the Undergraduate Association, he parlayed his interest in landscape architecture and horticulture into actionable recommendations for improvements to the university’s public places. He also secured funding for a green roof on the student center. 

Funded by Kathy Keller, Akron Garden Club, (OH) Zone X



Natalie Howe

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Caroline Thorn Kissel Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship

Natalie Howe is a Ph.D. candidate in the Graduate Program in Ecology and Evolution at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers University, New Jersey, where she is studying how lichens change soil chemistry and biology in the New Jersey Pinelands. She is investigating whether soil lichens can help prevent establishment of Teesdalia nudicaulis, an invasive mustard plant that can weaken other plants’ associations with mycorrhizal fungi (root-associated fungi that help plants get water and nutrients. 



Charles Ive

Category: International Work & Study
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America and the Royal Horticultural Society Interchange Fellowships

The Garden Club of America Interchange Fellow, Charles “Charlie” Ive, has worked and studied horticulture in many varied gardens, from New Zealand to the Isles of Scilly, located off the southwestern tip of the Cornish peninsula of Great Britain. Currently, he is working at the RHS Garden, Rosemoor. He will arrive in the United States in early autumn to begin a year-long work and study program at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania. Charlie is a keen sportsman and likes to travel. He has visited gardens in South Africa, Singapore and Australia and will travel to gardens in our country during his internship.



Melissa A Johnson

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Awards in Tropical Botany

Melissa A. Johnson is a Ph.D. Candidate at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (in affiliation with Claremont Graduate University). Her work will focus on resolving phylogenetic or evolutionary relationships within the Pacific lineage of Cyrtandra which is a genus of flowering plants containing 600 species. Melissa's fieldwork will be centered in Fiji and Samoa, which represent an important biogeographic interface zone for the group between Southeast-Asia and the islands of the Pacific. Her work will assist in conservation efforts for the future by clearing up distinction between species.



Ryan Klein

Category: Urban Forestry
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Zone VI Fellowship in Urban Forestry

Ryan Klein, M.S. candidate in Environmental Horticulture, University of Florida, is pursuing a study of urban tree risk assessment. There has been little new science in this area in the last decade despite recognition that current risk management strategies result in inconsistent outcomes. Tree care professionals using visual indicators to gauge structural soundness of a tree often deliberately remove a tree while it is alive—to be on the safe side. New training protocol, TRAQ, developed by the International Society of Arboriculture can enhance consistency in risk assessment. Ryan plans to test the three main risk assessment methods to see if the outcome from each method impacts actual mitigation recommendations.

Funded by the Nottingham Family Fund, Zone VI



Kim Shearer Lattier

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Corliss Knapp Engle Scholarship in Horticulture

Kim Shearer Lattier is a Master’s student studying plant breeding and genetics in the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University. She is exploring traditional methods of classical plant breeding through her projects with maples, penstemon and cape hyacinth.  Her focus is on the development of improved garden cultivars of native species and decreased fertility in cultivars of exotic species.  She also has the privilege of mentoring undergraduate students with an interest in ornamental breeding.



George LoCascio III

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Corliss Knapp Engle Scholarship in Horticulture

George LoCascio, III is a nontraditional student who has returned to school after several environmental and conservation work experiences, including five years of service with the United States Forest Service as a wild land firefighter in the western United States. Currently a student at Bunker Hill Community College, he plans to use his award to further his education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and pursue a degree in Plant, Soil, and Insect science. 



Ania Majewska

Category: Pollinator Research
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Board of Associates Centennial Pollinator Fellowship

Ania Majewska is a Ph.D. student at the University of Georgia, Odum School of Ecology.  Her strong interests in pollinator conservation and disease ecology led her to develop a project examining how a non-native milkweed, namely tropical milkweed (Asclepias curassavica), can impact monarch butterflies, which have drastically declined in the past two decades. This non-native milkweed is commonly found in the butterfly gardens of the southeastern U.S. and may have negative consequences for monarch population health and their spectacular long-distance migration. 



Jordon G. Masters

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture

Jordon G. Masters is a senior horticulture major at West Virginia University. As an undergraduate, Jordan is researching seedling morphology to define the best harvest maturity stage for micro greens in commercial production. He is a fifth generation farmer on his family’s farm and he and his brother started a company specializing in the sale of specialty crops including micro greens to local school systems. He plans to continue his education by pursuing a Ph.D. at West Virginia University. 



Andrea Leigh McCullough

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture

Andrea Leigh McCullough is a third year student in Landscape Architecture at Pennsylvania State University. She will be traveling to Barcelona where she will work on a design project to create urban green space in an underused post-industrial neighborhood called Poblenou. Working with local communities and special interest groups, Andrea will be imagining new adaptations for three abandoned factory sites by integrating parks, gardens, green infrastructure, and ecological restoration. 



Ian D. Medeiros

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Joan K. Hunt and Rachel M. Hunt Summer Scholarship in Field Botany

Ian D. Medeiros is a junior at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine, majoring in Human Ecology with a concentration in Botany. This summer he will survey the plants and lichens found on outcrops of serpentine bedrock in western Massachusetts. Serpentine is a unique rock that often produces soils which are chemically stressful for plants. It has been studied extensively in California and moderately in Maine and Vermont however, there are no published biological studies of serpentine outcrops in Massachusetts. This research project will serve as his undergraduate senior thesis.



Chelsea N. Miller

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Catherine H. Beattie Fellowship in Conservation Horticulture

Chelsea N. Miller is a Master’s candidate in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Chelsea’s research focuses on factors promoting rarity in state-endangered understory herbs of the genus Trillium in eastern Tennessee and surrounding regions. She is comparing ant-seed dispersal and germination requirements between rare and common congeners in an effort to determine if differences in these factors lead to rarity in certain species. This research will inform conservation efforts and can be placed in the context of global change



Natali Miller

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Catherine H. Beattie Fellowship in Conservation Horticulture

Natali Miller is a Master’s degree student at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. She will collect and analyze data from three populations of a federally listed plant, telephus spurge (Euphorbia telephioides), to determine if each population is declining, increasing or stable. She will also conduct pollen supplementation experiments in order to assess if female plants in those three populations receive insufficient quantities or quality of pollen for seed production also known as pollen limitation. Natali’s main goal is to become an expert in population ecology and help quantify plant conservation goals and objectives.



Nall Inshan Moonilall

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture

Nall Inshan Moonilall is a second year Master’s student at Ohio State University pursuing a degree in Environmental Science, with a focus on soil science. His research involves looking at the impact of various soil amendments on soil properties and crop yield in Guyana, South America. By using agricultural byproducts as soil amendments he hopes to boost soil carbon levels, improve soil quality, enhance soil productivity, and increase crop yields. With increased population growth and climate change projected in the future, Nall sees the importance of ensuring food security for the growing population while conserving precious natural resources.

Funded by the Garden Club of Cleveland, (OH) Zone X



Jessica Munyan

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Elizabeth Gardner Norweb Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship

Jessica Munyan is a junior at Rider University in New Jersey. Her academic concentration is in Environmental Science. She will use dendrochronology, which is the study of annual growth rings in trees, to explore and develop an environmental history of the ornamental grounds and surrounding forest at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest in Bedford County, Virginia. 



Christopher Nytch

Category: Urban Forestry
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Zone VI Fellowship in Urban Forestry

Christopher Nytch, Ph.D. candidate in Environmental Science, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, wins the Fellowship for a second year for his research in an understudied area—tropical urban forests. He is researching the potential for storm water mitigation by urban forests in tropical urban watersheds. In 2014 he collected original data on the partitioning of rainfall by tree structure in the Rio Piedras watershed. In 2015, he will look at the collective role of urban forests and the amount of territory they cover from several geographic positions in San Juan. An immediate goal is to incorporate forests and other green infrastructure into urban landscape design to control flooding.



Raymond Odeh

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Corliss Knapp Engle Scholarship in Horticulture

Raymond Odeh is a third year undergraduate student at the University of Florida pursuing a B.S. in Plant Science, specializing in Landscape and Nursery Horticulture.  Ray is working to improve the existing gardens and establish a broader plant palette around the horticulture building at UF, Fifield Hall. Through an Environmental Horticulture Plant Identification Internship he will increase his proficiency with plant propagation and establishment, as well as identification.



Gabriella Pardee

Category: Pollinator Research
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Board of Associates Centennial Pollinator Fellowship

Gabriella Pardee is a Ph.D. student in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Program at Dartmouth College. Her research examines the effects of climate change on plant-pollinator interactions. She will use a series of field experiments in which she manipulates snowmelt timing and frost exposure to examine how plants, pollinators, and their interactions respond to earlier snowmelt and increasing temperatures. Her study will take place in montane regions near the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Gothic, Colorado.

Funded by North Suffolk Garden Club, (NY) Zone III



Aleksandar Radosavljevic

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Awards in Tropical Botany

Aleksandar Radosavljevic is Ph.D. candidate at Northwestern University and a Smithsonian Institution Predoctoral Fellow. A lifetime lover of plants and maps, his research combines molecular phylogenetics and species distribution modeling to explore the biogeography and systematics of the large pantropical legume genus Cynometra.  He is interested in understanding the diversification of the legume family as well as applying species distribution modeling to studies of evolution and biodiversity conservation.  The study funded by GCA will take place in Brazilian Amazonas – the largest state in Brazil. 



Mathew Reid

Category: Conservation & Ecological Restoration
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Fellowship in Ecological Restoration

Mathew Reid is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Biology at the University of Louisville. His project is entitled, “Do altered soil communities inhibit restoration following invasive species management in primary successional sand dune systems?” His research focuses on the impacts of exotic plant invasion and subsequent management on soil communities, primarily nematodes (worms) and mycorrhizal fungi, adding to the understanding of how altered soil communities could impact restoration efforts in Great Lakes sand dunes.



Ella Samuel

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Awards for Summer Environmental Studies

Ella Samuel is a junior at the College of the Atlantic with an academic concentration in Conservation Biology. She will conduct research using oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus) to modify the contaminated soil at the Callahan Mine in Maine. Her study will explore safe and efficient options for cleaning and replacing the soil to aid in ecosystem recovery.

Funded by the Piscataqua Garden Club, (Maine and New Hampshire), Zone I



Grace Savoy-Burke

Category: Pollinator Research
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Board of Associates Centennial Pollinator Fellowship

Grace Savoy-Burke is a graduate student in the Department of Entomology at the University of Delaware. She is interested in pollinator distributions across regional landscapes and understanding how bees utilize and move through patchy habitat matrices. Grace's master's project aims to engage and educate the local community by relying on citizen scientists to survey pollinators utilizing forest habitats in the mid-Atlantic region. She is developing a reference database of bee species in Maryland and Delaware.



Kathryn Schroeder

Category: Garden History & Design
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Internship in Garden History and Design

Kathryn Schroeder is nearing completion for a Master of Library Science degree with a specialization in Digital Content Management and a Graduate Certificate in Archival Administration at Wayne State University in Detroit. Her past experience and skill set will align perfectly with the collections management duties at the Archives of American Gardens (AAG) including cataloging and digitizing images of new acquisitions to the GCA Collection.



Justin Schulze

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Corliss Knapp Engle Scholarship in Horticulture

Justin  Schulze is pursuing his Master’s degree in Horticulture at Oregon State University. His thesis focuses on breeding new cultivars of cherry laurels and assessing ecosystem services of new genotypes. Justin and his colleagues are attempting to hybridize Portuguese and common cherry laurel to develop a disease resistant and sterile cultivar.  They are also investigating the potential differences in carbon sequestration between genotypes of common cherry laurel. 



Andrew Sell

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture

Andrew Sell is pursuing a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment, Ann Arbor. Having been raised on a small farm in southeastern Michigan, he has always been immersed in issues relating to the environment and land-use. Influenced by his past career at Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, he is exploring how public gardens and arboreta promote and utilize ecological restoration to connect visitors with the natural world. He plans to pursue a doctorate degree, mentor students, and help shape the discussion about the future of public gardens and parks as a director.



Mary Seward

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Summer Scholarship in Field Botany

Mary Seward is in her first year of graduate studies at The College of William and Mary. Her Master’s thesis project is a study on the ecology of the clonal plant common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca). Her research goals are to determine how common milkweed might share resources between clones and how such sharing could affect the way common milkweed grows in the wild. She hopes that this information will help the restoration projects underway that are re-establishing common milkweed patches for the monarch butterflies, which rely on this plant for much of their life cycle. 

Funded by Guilford Garden Club, (MD) Zone VI



Perth Silvers

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Corliss Knapp Engle Scholarship in Horticulture

Perth Silvers is a junior at the University of California, Berkeley, studying Environmental Sciences and Molecular Biology and is an Integrated Pest Management Intern at the U of C Berkeley Botanical Gardens. Perth is currently researching ecosystem-regionalized compost tea to help augment nutrient uptake by plants and prevent bacterial and fungal disease in botanical gardens. He is also researching the use of ferns with soil amendments to uptake arsenic from contaminated soils. 



Anthony Slominski

Category: Pollinator Research
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Board of Associates Centennial Pollinator Fellowship

Anthony Slominski is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Ecology and Environmental Science at Montana State University. The consequences of climate warming for plants and pollinators are affecting plant and pollinator traits and interactions, such as the seasonal timing of flowering periods and pollinator activity, pollinator body size and life span. Anthony is investigating these climate driven shifts including visitation patterns and reproductive success. 



Colleen Smith

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Caroline Thorn Kissel Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship

Colleen Smith is a Ph.D. candidate in Ecology and Evolution at Rutgers University. She will study the effects of deer herbivory of flowering plants on pollinator communities in a deciduous forest in New Jersey. Populations of white-tailed deer in the eastern United States have drastically increased in size over the last century, devastating forest understories, including the flowering plants that pollinators rely on for food. Colleen will sample plant-pollinator communities along a deer density gradient to better understand which pollinator species are most at risk.



Joanna Solins

Category: Urban Forestry
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Zone VI Fellowship in Urban Forestry

Joanna Solins is a Ph.D. student at the University of California, Davis. She is studying effects of urbanization on riparian woody plant communities and nitrogen cycling along streams in the metropolitan region of Sacramento, CA. Her research investigates impacts of altered channel form and stream flow on the composition of riparian forests, water stress in riparian trees, and nitrogen cycling in riparian soils. She aims to inform conservation, restoration, and water quality mitigation efforts in Mediterranean and other semi-arid urban environments by identifying riparian conditions conducive to nitrogen retention and the success of different tree species.



Maret Emma Sonder

Category: Conservation & Ecological Restoration
Scholarship: The Sara Shallenberger Brown Garden Club of America National Parks Conservation Scholarship

Maret Emma Sonder is a graduate of Evanston Township High School, Evanston, Illinois.  Emma is currently taking a “gap” year and is not affiliated with any university. She has been on two summer programs with SCA, one in the Allegheny National Forest, Pennsylvania, and the other at Wind Caves National Monument, South Dakota. She states that her Crew Leaders have been a positive influence in her life. She enjoys working on trails and improving our national parks. Her summer placement will take her to Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historic Site in Vermont.



Alexandra Stoicof

Category: Desert Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Desert Studies

Alexandra Stoicof is a first year Master of Landscape Architecture candidate at the University of Arizona. She is interested in regional landscape architecture for the arid West, and specifically, sustainable management of water resources through creative design. Alexandra’s project at the Tucson Botanical Garden will involve water harvesting interpretation and advocacy, in addition to garden mapping and directional way finding.



Nora Talkington

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Summer Scholarship in Field Botany

Nora Talkington is a second year Master's student studying plant biology and conservation at the joint program between the Chicago Botanic Garden and Northwestern University. Nora's research interests are Colorado Plateau plant restoration, invasive species, local adaptation and seed sourcing. Her thesis topic investigates native plant adaptation to invasive plants in southeastern Utah, with the goal of identifying competitive seed sources for restoring native plant communities within invaded areas.



Liam Torrey

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Zeller Summer Scholarship in Medicinal Botany

Liam Torrey is an undergraduate student at College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, Maine, who is focusing on plant ecology and plant chemistry. He is especially interested in how plants express chemicals and whether this expression is impacted by the ecology of where these plants grow. His research project entitled, “Do Differences in Environment Yield Changes in Phytochemical Expression in Melissa officinalis?” will explore the variations in the plant chemistry of lemon balm when it is grown under a number of environmental variables.

Funded by Middletown Garden Club, (CT) Zone II and New Canaan Garden Club, (CT) Zone II



Olivia Trani

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Elizabeth Gardner Norweb Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship

Olivia Trani is junior with an emphasis in Biology and Environmental Science at the College of William and Mary. She will do an independent research project on how American chestnut seedlings are influenced by adopted mycorrhizal fungi – observing how the seedlings performances change when faced with this fungi abundance from neighboring mature tree communities. She hopes to gain insight into how this might affect restoration efforts of the American chestnut.

Funded by Green Spring Valley Garden Club (MD), Zone VI



Timothy L Treuer

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Awards in Tropical Botany

Timothy L Treuer is a Ph.D. candidate in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University. His goal is to better understand drivers (such as soil quality and landscape composition) of community structure and composition in regenerating the tropical dry forest in Área de Conservación Guanacaste (ACG), Costa Rica, one of the world's largest tropical forest restoration projects. This research has the potential to lead to a more nuanced understanding of recovering forests and the role they can play in preserving endangered tropical dry forest species.



Kevin Trostel

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Summer Scholarship in Field Botany

Kevin Trostel is a Master's student in Biology at Middle Tennessee State University. He currently has a Bachelor’s Degree in Plant and Soil Science. He will supervise undergraduate students in the collection of leafy prairie clover (Dalea foliasa), a rare plant endemic to glade ecosystems. It has declined dramatically due to habitat destruction, over-grazing by deer and rabbits and loss due to fire suppression. He will develop baseline genetic data to understand population structure across three separated populations of the species in Alabama, Tennessee and Illinois. 



Thaïsa Way

Category: Landscape Architecture
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture

Thaïsa Way is an Associate Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Washington, Seattle. Her project is entitled, “Drawing Histories of Landscape Architecture.” As a landscape historian, she will explore how the distinct practices of scholars, relying on words to articulate their research, and of landscape architects, who rely on drawing, intersect to frame narratives of the history of landscape architecture. Professor Way will use her research and the experience of immersion in other Fellows’ drawing, as well as her own, to draft a manuscript on the role of drawing as a challenge to contemporary narratives of landscape architectural history. Professor Way is the 61st Garden Club of America Rome Prize winner.



Sam Wershow

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Summer Scholarship in Field Botany

Sam Wershow is a Master's degree candidate at Western Washington University in Bellingham. His research will investigate the impact of climate change on the endemic alpine wildflowers of the Olympic Peninsula and Vancouver Island. He will spend the summer mapping the distributions of these rare species and collecting ecological data on their habitat preferences. Using this data, Sam will build models that predict habitat loss for each species as climate warms.



Bik D. R. Wheeler

Category: Native Bird Habitat
Scholarship: The Frances M. Peacock Scholarship for Native Bird Habitat

Bik D. R. Wheeler is a Master’s candidate at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine. His thesis project is entitled “Spruce wood-warbler use of forest structure: Revisiting Robert MacArthur’s study of niche partitioning.” In the mid 1950’s Robert MacArthur conducted the seminal research on warbler niche partitioning, similar species of warblers coexisting through specialization in their foraging areas. Bik is repeating this ecological study at the original location, in Acadia National Park, to reexamine the theory, with modern research methods, after 60 years of environmental change.



Samantha Alger

Category: Pollinator Research
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Board of Associates Centennial Pollinator Fellowship
Samantha Alger is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Vermont, Department of Biology. After obtaining her Ph.D., Samantha's goal is to engage youth in citizen science projects and environmental education programs. Samantha's project will be in Vermont assessing the prevalence of host viruses on local floral resources, and their role in virus transmission. In 2013, the Vermont Center for Eco Studies reported three of Vermont's fifteen bumble bee species have disappeared or are in serious decline. management techniques and recommendations can be made to lessen pathogen spillover from honey bee hives to native bees. Infectious pollen can last for up to six months in ambient environmental conditions. Viral transmission through shared use of flowers in the wild has never been studied. 


Michael Alonzo

Category: Urban Forestry
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Zone VI Fellowship in Urban Forestry
Michael Alonzo is a Ph.D. candidate in Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He was a GIS Analyst for Casey Trees from 2007-2010 in DC. His goal is to fuse two cutting-edge technologies, lidar and imaging spectroscopy to improve urban ecosystem modeling. He has made a citywide, spatially explicit urban forestry inventory of trees to the species level in Santa Barbara, CA. He will now map leaf area index using lidar to determine the urban forest's potential for pollution removal, carbon storage and building energy use reduction. He plans to teach and do research. 


Samantha August

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Samantha August is a nontraditional student who returned to school after several positions in customer service related fields. Her communication skills have led to several leadership positions at Columbus State Community College, where she is majoring in Landscape Design and Management. She plans to continue at Ohio State University to pursue a degree in Horticulture. Her career goal is to start a non-profit that brings interactive sensory gardens to those who are developmentally disabled. 


Johanna Baglivi

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Johanna Baglivi is a junior at Delaware Valley College in Pennsylvania. She is one of the first students majoring in Delaware Valley's new Sustainable Agricultural Systems Program. She is committed to reducing the negative environmental effects of commercial farming and plans one day to own her own farm. 


Elizabeth Barr

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Corliss Knapp Engle Scholarship in Horticulture
Elizabeth Barr is a student at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She will continue her studies towards a Master's degree in Landscape Architecture, enabling her to create resilient and sustainable landscapes through innovative designs. 


William Bauer

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Caroline Thorn Kissel Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
William Bauer of Neptune, NJ, is enrolled at McGill University with a double major in economics and environmental science. His passion has been to conserve, protect and beautify the Hackensack River. Through the Hackensack River Clean Up and Planting Program, he will continue the clean up providing the Bergen County public with a beautiful "green pathway," demonstrating the impact one student can have on the environment. 


Todd Beals

Category: Urban Forestry
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Zone VI Fellowship in Urban Forestry
Todd Beals is a junior at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, majoring in Arboriculture and Community Forestry with a minor in Information Technology. He has been in the green industry for over 18 years and helped to develop the sofware itreetools for the USDA Forest Service which is now the international standard for urban natural resource analysis. His project: Urban Forest Survivability, Viability and Effects on Micro-Climate, focuses on 1800 newly planted trees in Springfield, MA, that re-populate an area devastated by the 2011 tornado. 


Rachel Beck

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Awards for Summer Environmental Studies

Rachel Beck  rom Cupertino, CA, is a junior at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL. Her research will be conducted in the Dancing Rabbit ecovillage in Missouri. Ecovillages, whose strengths and weakness have been evaluated worldwide, are intentional communities that strive to live in an environmentally sustainable way. She will participate in tours, workshops and the collection of data. Rachel  is committed to putting environmental studies and policy together to make a difference. Her research project will be presented in the Eckerd Scholar.



Catherine Grace Bell

Category: Garden History & Design
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Internship in Garden History and Design
Catherine Grace Bell is pursuing a Master of Science in Information Studies at the University of Texas-Austin. Her research will help teachers and students see the relevance of archives and allow them to be more successful in their work. 


Bree Bender

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Awards for Summer Environmental Studies

Bree Bender, born in Alabama, is now a junior at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, with an academic concentration in water resources, soil science and wetland science. Her research  will examine four small and mid-size reservoirs in central Wisconsin that are impacted by excessive nitrogen from surrounding agricultural activities. Analysis will be done to determine the correlation between retention time, size, organic matter and denitrification rates.



Jessica Lynn Brode

Category: Garden History & Design
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Internship in Garden History and Design
Jessica Lynn Brode is a student at George Washington University pursuing a Masters degree in Museum Studies with an emphasis on collections management. Her focus will be on databses and digitization of collections. 


Aqsa Butt

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Loy McCandless Marks Scholarship in Tropical Horticulture
Aqsa Butt, originally a native of Pakistan, now a citizen of the United States, is a junior at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is currently working toward a Bachlor of Science in the Landscape Architecture Program. Ms. Butt has been approved to be a full time University of Massachusetts student for a semester study abroad at National University of Ireland, Maynooth. She will explore tropical botanical horticulture interests at four micro climate locations on the southwestern coast of County Cork. 


Natalie Christian

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Anne S. Chatham Fellowship in Medicinal Botany
Natalie Christian attends Indiana University. She proposes to harness natural antibiotic properties in single celled fungi that symbiotically live with host plants. These fungi represent some of the most complex and potent chemicals known from plants. Natalie will do her research at a field station in Panama, as the native chocolate tree is a known harborer of various single celled fungi. 


Taylor Clark

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Awards for Summer Environmental Studies

Taylor Clark of Airville, PA, is a freshman at Juniata College, PA, with an interest in wildlife conservation. She will spend three months at the Northwest Trek Wildlife Park in Eatonville, WA.  She will be an Oregon Spotted Frog/Conservation Education Intern. The Oregon Spotted Frogs are an endangered species in the northwest and are key indicators for the quality of the environment in which they live. Her career path is one of conservation research, working to conserve wild populations.



Amanda T. Clauser

Category: Native Bird Habitat
Scholarship: The Frances M. Peacock Scholarship for Native Bird Habitat
Amanda T. Clauser is a Master's candidate in Biology at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. The title of her research is "Climate-related challenges to reproductive success in costal populations of a threatened secretive marsh bird, the King Rail (Rallus elegans)." She will examine the impacts of storm surge associated with water level rise on the nesting success. She will also record daily incubation temperatures and will study the parental behavior at the nest in response to environmental changes. 


Valentina Cuadros

Category: Conservation & Ecological Restoration
Scholarship: The Sara Shallenberger Brown Garden Club of America National Parks Conservation Scholarship
Valentina Cuadros is a freshman at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. She is studying International Agriculture and Rural Development. Prior experience at SCA and NOLS in the Blue Ridge Parkway, Vancouver Island and off the Pacific Coast. "I am a strong believer in the investment of the youth as they are reflections of the future of our country," The opportunity to be an ACL would allow Valentina to connect with people who, she says, "have the power to change the future for the better."


Caitlin D Cyrus

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Summer Scholarship in Field Botany
Caitlin D. Cyrus is a Master's student at The College of William & Mary. She will mentor three undergraduate students as field assistants for her project of researching the diversity and abundance of more than 600 historically documented native plants, many of which are rare and protected, located in the College Woods. Deer browse in these coastal plain woodlands which may mean that some plant populations are missing. Caitlin will use her data to advocate appropraite public-supported control strategies. 


Ashley Edwards

Category: International Work & Study
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America and the Royal Horticultural Society Interchange Fellowships

The Garden Club of America Interchange Fellow, Ashley Edwards, a recipient of the Kew Diploma in Horticulture, chose a year-long practical study program at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania interspersed with travel to Florida, Arizona, Missouri and the Pacific Coast.



Sophia Essian

Category: Desert Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Desert Studies
Sophia Essian is a junior working towards her degree in landscape architecture at Arizona State University. She will study "low impact" methods of landscape while interning at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, AZ.


Paul Laurent Excoffier

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Joan K. Hunt and Rachel M. Hunt Summer Scholarship in Field Botany
Paul Laurent Excoffier is a senior in Plant Ecology at College of the Atlantic. He will do the first ever study in the Northeast of the distribution and diversity of bryophytes (mosses, liverworts, hornworts) in 10 vernal (seasonal) pools on Mount Desert Island, ME. Half of these rain-fed pools will be located within an area burned in 1947 and soil samples will be taken in and around all pools to assess patterns of bryophyte diversity. He will share his findings with Acadia National Park personnel. 


Sarah Fischer

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Awards for Summer Environmental Studies

Sarah Fischer of Kentucky is a sophomore at Ball State University in Indiana. Her interests reside in art and biology, and she aspires to be a scientific illustrator or ecological artist. She will study in Iceland, a haven for sustainable ideas, under the supervision and strong recommendation from two Ball State University professors. She will travel across Iceland visiting sustainable artists and farmers; filming and blogging about her encounters. Ultimately, Sarah will examine the science of sustainability and create art that sums up her experiences in Iceland.

- Fumnded by Darien Garden Club (CT), Zone II and Fairfield Garden Club (CT), Zone II



Renee Fortner

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Catherine H. Beattie Fellowship in Conservation Horticulture
Renee Fortner is a Master's degree student at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC. Her research project is titled: "The Reproductive Ecology of the Federally Endangered Cooley's Meadowrue (Thalictrum cooleyi ahles) in Eastern North Carolina." She will study the endangered species and seeks to investigate matters of critical concern in supporting seed set and the genetic structure of small populations. 


Matthew Fuller

Category: Conservation & Ecological Restoration
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Fellowship in Ecological Restoration
Matthew Fuller is a student at Duke University and will study dam removal as a form of ecosystem restoration. His research will evaluate a river ecosystem before and after dam removal and measure the impacts of the unrestored state, the restoration process and recovery. He will be on site at the Milburnie Dam on the Neuse River in North Carolina. 


Russell Galanti

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Russell Galanti, a graduate of the Longwood Professional Gardeners Program, worked at the United States Botanic Garden where he won several awards, including the Architect's Award of Excellence for his role in organizing a large bonsai exhibit. Russell is currently pursuing a degree in horticulture at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. His career goal is to work in the management, restoration and preservation of public gardens. 


Andrea Galssmire

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Awards in Tropical Botany
Andrea Glassmire is a student at the University of Nevada, Reno. She will conduct her research in Costa Rica. Her topic is the ecological and evolutionary dynamics of chemical interactions between the Neotropical pepper plant (Piper imperiale) Piperaceae and specialist caterpillars. By documenting the effects of plant secondary compounds on interacting trophic levels, biological activities that may be useful for pharmacology could be revealed. 


Elliot M Gardner

Category: Pollinator Research
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Board of Associates Centennial Pollinator Fellowship
Elliot M. Gardner is a Ph.D. candidate at Northwestern University and is the very first recipient of this award. Elliot, encouraged by a life long love of plants, and a desire to fight for biodiversity conservation and sustainable development, left his law career and returned to graduate school. His research focuses on gene translation and protein-to-protein interactions, along with pollination biology of Artocarpus (Moraceae) or breadfruit, figs and others. Elliot's specific research will be to study three-way mutualism involving organisms that are regarded as pests but are essential to successful pollination. The study will take place in Borneo this June and July. 


Brittany Graf

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Anne S. Chatham Fellowship in Medicinal Botany
Brittany Graf, a Rutgers University student, will investigate Ecuadorian food crops to evaluate potential medical or health benefits. She will conduct workshops in four regions of Ecuador in collaboration with a local university professor using 20 undergraduates and advanced high school students at the different sites offereing them research training. 


Diane Hagmann

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Caroline Thorn Kissel Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Diane Hagmann of Westfield, NJ, is an M.S. candidate in Environmental Science at Monclair State University with plans for a Ph.D. in this field. At Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ, her project will be a case study of three extracellular enzymes present in heavy metal contaminated urban soil. Metal contamination has ben shown to have imporant effects on microbial populations and their activity in the soil. 


Eric Hazelton

Category: Coastal Wetlands Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Coastal Wetlands Studies
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Eric Hazelton, a Ph.D. candidate in Ecology, Utah State University, is conducting, in collaboration with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC), a large-scale  removal  of Phragmites, common reed (Phragmites australis) in brackish  marshes across nine Chesapeake Bay subwatersheds to determine how land  use impacts  restoration. He compares nutrients, seedbank, and plant communities in plots where Phragmites are removed intact within native reference marshes. Results will help land managers improve outcomes of restoration.



Ashley Morgan Hembrough

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Summer Scholarship in Field Botany
Ashley Morgan Hembrough is a Master's student at Illinois State University. She will examine the reproductive success of white wild indigo (Baptisia alba macrophylla) in two nutrient-poor tallgrass praries, by manipulating pollination and measuring seed predation to evaluate effects on inflorescence size in one (restored) prarie, using the other natural remnant patch of prarie as a control. Ashley is particularly interested in conservation of endangered plan species in the United States. 


Jonathan Henn

Category: International Work & Study
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America and the Royal Horticultural Society Interchange Fellowships
The Royal Horticultural Society Interchange Fellow, Jon Henn, a Fulbright and National Geographic Young Explorer’s grant recipient, graduated with Distinction in Biology and Magna Cum Laude in 2012 from St. Olaf College in Minnesota. An avid violin player, Jon’s interests lie in attempting to increase the role botanical gardens can play in helping to restore ecosystems around the globe. 


Josh Henry

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Josh Henry is a junior majoring in Sustainable Plant Systems and Horticulture at Ohio State University. He is passionate about the field of horticulture and plans to continue plant research in greenhouse crops and edible horticulture after his graduation. Josh is a repeat recipient. 


Virginia Henson

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Elizabeth Gardner Norweb Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Virginia Henson is from Ashland, VA and is a junior at the College of William and Mary with plans for graduate school and a career in research biology with a focus on ecology. She will work as part of a team researching different aspects of common milkweed that is a conservation concern due to its decline in agricultural settings and its importance of being a primary host for the monarch butterflies. The decline of common milkweed and monarch butterflies are major concerns for today's environment. 


Jessica Herlich

Category: Garden History & Design
Scholarship: The Douglas Dockery Thomas Fellowship in Garden History and Design
Jessica Herlich is a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology at th College of William and Mary. Her project, "Algonquain Gardens in Tidewater Virginia," will seek to understand the pre-colonial Chesapeake landscape through scientific study of the "complex floral and faunal design suited to diverse seasonal needs, . . . tracing similarities and differences in landscape and garden design throughout approximately 1600 years of time in coastal Virginia."


Melissa Hey

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Elizabeth Gardner Norweb Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Melissa Hey is from Midlothian, VA, with an academic concentration in biology and environmental science is a junior at the College of William and Mary. Her interest is in understanding how biochemistry can mold plant-herbivore interactions. Her project goals will be to understand population dynamics and plant-insect interaction of the common milkweed, which is found in many places and exhibits unique defensive responses to damages by herbivorous insects. The monarch butterfly will be primary in this research. Her professional goal is to be an ecological restoration consultant. 


Jennifer Holmes-Smith

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Jennifer Holmes-Smith was born in Hawaii but now resides in Pea Ridge, AR. She is a senior at the University of Arkansas. Her professional plans are to do humanitarian work via environmental engineering in water resources, sanitation and purification. Her research will be done in Fort Smith, AR, around the ammonia removal in the Massard Wastewater Treatment Plant. She believes civil engineering and environmental/ecology research can lead to the direct conservation of financial, chemical and energy resources. 


Samuel Hulsey

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Mary T. Carothers Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Samuel Hulsey is a junior at Middle Tennessee State University and he is from Lebanon, TN. He will participate in the Summer Ecosystem Experiences for undergraduates. He will travel to the Atlantic Forest in southern Brazil to learn field methods in Ecology and Conservation Biology. He will be studying the impact of climate change and human-environmental interaction and formulating viable, collaborative solutions to contemporary environmental dilemmas. Sam is also an Eagle Scout. 


David Jaeckel

Category: Urban Forestry
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Zone VI Fellowship in Urban Forestry
David Jaeckel is a Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He will research: "Capturing Storm Water Runoff in an Urban Forest in the Yale Swale adjacent to Yale's campus," to determine how an urban forest can function as a green storm water infrastructure. His research will provide an example of managing an urban forest to maximize storm water capture capabilities and has the potential to be applied to similar urban forests in the northeastern U.S. 


Jameson Karns

Category: Urban Forestry
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Zone VI Fellowship in Urban Forestry
Jameson Karns is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Berkeley. He is studying Environmental History and is also a firefighter. He will contribute new research on the land management practices of Wildland-Urban Interface communities set up post-WWII in previously uninhabited land in California. He will use history and urban forestry to discover how these communities have coexisted with wildfire and bring a much needed perspective to urban forestry practice in arid regions. 


Brad Kasberg

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Brad Kasberg is pursuing a dual Master's degree in Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. His studies are heavily focused on ecological processes, planting design and plant communities of the Great Lakes States. He is committed to rejuvenating postindustrial urban communities and the environment utilizing natural surrounds, ecology and design. 


Colin Keating

Category: Conservation & Ecological Restoration
Scholarship: The Sara Shallenberger Brown Garden Club of America National Parks Conservation Scholarship
Colin Keating is a freshman at Washington University, St. Louis, MO hails from Madison, WI. He is studying environmental studies. He has prior experience with SCA for 3 summers as a crew member (550 volunteer hours) in California, Alaska, and Wyoming. The apprentice crew leader experience will allow him to live and work outdoors and to inspire another generation of conservation-minded young people. He hopes to become a SCA crew leader when he is 21. 


Taylor Keegan

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Taylor Keegan is a Master's degree student at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. She is in a three year landscape architecture program focused on remediation, restoration and design. Her goal, as a landscape architect, is to use an interdisciplinary approach to create spaces for people to become more involved with their communities and the environment utilizing natural surroundings, ecology and design. 


Adam Kuby

Category: Landscape Architecture
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture
Adam Kuby hails from Portland, Oregon. He is an Environmental Artist and Landscape Architect. The friction between human form-making and its counterparts in nature is a primary focus of his landscape-based public art work. Humans mostly build things to stay true for as long as possible, but in nature everything is always changing. Adam will explore how such frictions have played out for millennia in Rome and what sites carry deep truths about how cities age. 


Max Lambert

Category: Coastal Wetlands Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Coastal Wetlands Studies

Max Lambert, a Ph.D. candidate at Yale University  School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, will study the sex ratios (proportion of males and females) of spring peeper frog babies (Pseudacris crucifer) in natural, forested wetlands as well as disturbed wetlands like suburban and agricultural ponds.  Frog sex ratios are useful indicators of wetland health as well as contamination by human chemicals and plant chemicals (phytoestrogens).



Adam T. Larson

Category: Conservation & Ecological Restoration
Scholarship: The Sara Shallenberger Brown Garden Club of America National Parks Conservation Scholarship
Adam T. Larson is a sophomore at Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA. He is pursuing a B.S. in Environmental Resource Management. Adam will use his experience as a SCA crew member Bemis Mountain, ME, and in trail maintenance at Bridger Teton National Forest, MT, to teach high school students how to create a safe, fun, working environment, and pick up skills as simple as swinging a pick mattock to as advanced as moving rocks with a Grip hoist winch. His goal is to become a SCA crew leader. 


Jason Lattier

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Corliss Knapp Engle Scholarship in Horticulture
Jason Lattier is a Ph.D. candidate in horticulture at Oregon State University and a former Garden Club of America Interchange Fellow. He will continue his research on the breeding of ornamental nursery crops for disease resistance. 


Elana Lobatto

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Corliss Knapp Engle Scholarship in Horticulture
Elana Lobatto is from New York and will obtain her Horticulture Therapy certificate from the New York Botanical Garden, enabling her to share the joys of gardening with patients who cannot visit public or botanical gardens. 


Terry Lopez

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Anne S. Chatham Fellowship in Medicinal Botany
Terry Lopez is a University of California, Irvine student. He seeks to identify the mechanism of action and specific compounds of Arctic root (Rhodiola rosea). It is in a class of healing plants that help balance, restore and protect the body from various stress sensibilities. He hopes there will be insights that could have long term health benefits. 


Lane Luis

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Corliss Knapp Engle Scholarship in Horticulture
Lane Luis hails from Los Alamos, CA, and will attend California Polytechnic University to study Agriculture and Plant Sciences. He plans to become a seed geneticist. 


Rebecca Mann

Category: Desert Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Desert Studies
Rebecca Mann is a biologist who worked for the U.S. Geological Survey. She is working towards her Masters in Ecology at Utah State University. She will study the local adaptation of native species to environments invaded by the exotic cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum). 


Nicholas A. Mason

Category: Native Bird Habitat
Scholarship: The Frances M. Peacock Scholarship for Native Bird Habitat
Nicholas A. Mason is a Ph.D. candidate at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. His project is titled: "Analyzing genomic signatures of phenotypic and demographic change in Horned Larks (Eremophila alpestris) caused by a century of desert farming in the Imperial Valley of Southern California." Because the Horned Lark's habitat in Souther California underwent a dramatic transformation from desert scrub into agricultural land, the species had to change, migrate, or go extinct. 


Eliza McFarland

Category: Coastal Wetlands Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Coastal Wetlands Studies

Eliza McFarland, a candidate for a Master’s in Environmental Science and Technology, University of Maryland, is examining ecosystem services of 15 restored and natural seasonally flooded wetlands on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Delaware. She will quantify and qualify denitrifying microbial communities (bacteria, archaea [one-celled organisms] and fungi) which are strong indicators of wetland function and essential in processing excess Nitrogen-based nutrients such as ammonium (NH4) and nitrate (NO3) in wetlands. She is proposing a complete survey of denitrifying microbial characteristics (biomass, composition and activity) in restored and natural depressional wetlands.



Laura Messman

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Elizabeth Gardner Norweb Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Laura Messman of Walnut Creek, CA, is a junior biology and environmental studies major at Oberlin College. A previous Norweb scholar, she plans to return to Cedar Creek, MN,  to continue her study by conducting mechanistic water stress tests to determine how stress levels on common prairie plants vary in different water conditions, and how these levels are impacted by climate change. Her scholarship will allow her to buy the necessary equipment to conduct these tests. 


Ashley Montgomery

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Catherine H. Beattie Fellowship in Conservation Horticulture
Ashley Montgomery is a Master's degree student at Western Carolina University in Culowhee, NC. The title of her study is "Predicting Threatened Orchid (Isotria medioloides) (Pursh) Raf Habitat in Sourthern Appalacian Region Using Maxent." Her project will use quantitative evaluation and modeling techniques to clarify the exact habitat requirements of the federally threatened orchid. 


Nall Moonilall

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Nall Moonilall is a graduate student at Ohio State University pursuing a Master's degree in Environmental Sceince, with a focus on soil science. His research will look at the impact of biochar on soil qualities in Guyana. Biochar is a highly porous charcoal made from agricultural waste that helps soil retain water and nutrients. 


Jennifer Natali

Category: Conservation & Ecological Restoration
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Fellowship in Ecological Restoration
Jennifer Natali is a student at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research topic is "Does causation matter? Geomorphic post-project appraisal to inform adaptive restoration of montane wet meadows." She will explore ecological restoration of montane wet meadows via a technique (pond and plug) with a 20 year history in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. 


Mackenzie Nelson

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Awards for Summer Environmental Studies

Mackenzie Nelson, whose home is in Overland  Park, KS, is now studying as a junior at Jacobs University-Bremen in Germany. She willtravel to be an intern with the Namib Desert Environmental Education Trust where she will work in the NamibRand Nature Reserve in the field of sustainable development policy. Mackenzie will support  the environmental education staff and help develop  and  implement new programs.



Carolyn Nguyen

Category: Conservation & Ecological Restoration
Scholarship: The Sara Shallenberger Brown Garden Club of America National Parks Conservation Scholarship
Carolyn Nguyen is a sophomore at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. She is majoring in Early Childhood/Special Education. Prior experience with SCA in Grand Canyon National Park and New York Adirondacks and CLC (Conservation Leadership Corps) will help Carolyn fulfill her dream to become a crew leader and to have a positive impact on others' lives. She says, "I want to give students the same kind of enjoyment and passion of living outdoors and giving back to the planet as my crew leaders gave to me."


Christopher Nytch

Category: Urban Forestry
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Zone VI Fellowship in Urban Forestry
Christopher Nytch is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Puerto Rico. He is assessing the role urban forests play in mitigating riverine flood impacts in heavily urbanized San Juan. He will measure rainfall interception by the canopies of the 6 most common tree species to illuminate the storm water retention potential of the city's green canopy so as to better inform future management decisions. 


Evan Palmer-Young

Category: Pollinator Research
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Board of Associates Centennial Pollinator Fellowship
Evan Palmer-Young is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Department of Biology. Evan's study objective is to determine the synergistic or antagonistic effects of medicinal dietary compounds. His research will take place in the Northeast from July 2014 through May 2015. A 2011 U.S. Survey revealed eight bee species have experienced up to 96% population decline. The parasite, (Crithidia bombi) is strongly implicated in causing its decline. It causes the bee to lose its ability to distinguish between flowers that contain nectar and those that don't, thus bees slowly starve to death. Commercially-raised bees carry this parasite; wild bees do not. Infected bees escape from greenhouses and infect wild ones. A simple netting could prevent this. Bee parasite resistance could be increased by ingesting compounds that have greater toxicity to bee parasites than to bees themselves. 


Matthew Pegan

Category: Conservation & Ecological Restoration
Scholarship: The Sara Shallenberger Brown Garden Club of America National Parks Conservation Scholarship
Matthew Pegan is a freshman at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY studying Philsosphy. Matthew sees himself leading and working with youth, both as an SCA leader and in other positions as well. His interests include counseling, wilderness therapy and tutoring. He believes leading SCA crew-members would serve as invaluable preparation for working in these fields. 


Germaine Persinger

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Corliss Knapp Engle Scholarship in Horticulture
Germaine Persinger is a Master's degree candidate at Cornell University in the Landscape Architecture Program. She will continue her study of horticulture, specifically the proper and most effective use of plants in sustainable design applications. 


Aimee Pierce

Category: Desert Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Desert Studies
Aimee Pierece, a sophmore in the competitive landscape architecture program at Arizona State University, will intern at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, AZ. She will gain practical experience in the selection and care of pans for the arid landscape. 


Lauren Ponisio

Category: Pollinator Research
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Board of Associates Centennial Pollinator Fellowship
Lauren C. Ponisio is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Berkeley, Department of Environmental Science & Management. Lauren's research goal is to contribute to the understanding of how pollination communities assemble and disassemble in natural and human-dominated systems. She will examine these communities via an evolutionary simulation based approach though time periods examining succession diversity after fire and responses to restoration in an intensely managed agricultural landscape. Lauren's study will be centered in Yosemite which presents a perfect locaiton for this work, given the known burn history and resources available. There is a knowledge gap in understanding pollinator network functioning and how it adjusts to dramatic changes in the ecosystem. 


Carly Jean Prior

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Summer Scholarship in Field Botany
Carly Jean Prior is a junior at Boise State University. She will be doing an independent research program guided by her faculty mentor on the invasive grass medusa head (Taeniatherum caput-medusae), which is outcompeting native grasses in the western U.S. and altering fire regimes, making fire more frequent and more intense. This plant is self-pollinating; new populations can be established by a single seed. Carly will have an opportunity to do botanical research in the field, having previously only been in the lab. She hopes to increase understanding of the invasion process and to continue her studies and earn a Ph.D. in Botany. 


Alison Rauss

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Alison Rauss is a student in the Landscape Architecture Program at the University of Michigan seeking a Master's degree. She worked for many years for an environmental consulting firm on subsurface hydrogeological site assessments. As a landscape architect, she looks forward to addressing the surface design and remediation aspects of projects. 


Claudia Reynoso

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Awards for Summer Environmental Studies
Claudia Reynoso lives in Phoenix, AZ, and is a senior at the University of Arizona with a major in conservation biology. Her research  project will be on the Mexican Free tailed bat in Arizona, in order to raise awareness of their importance in agricultural settings. She will be learning how to set up an experiment, analyze the data and then make these results clear to the general public. Her goal is to be an effective land management consultant through her work and study of conservation biology.


Shelby Rinehart

Category: Coastal Wetlands Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Coastal Wetlands Studies

Shelby Rinehart, a candidate for a Joint Doctoral Program in Ecology, San Diego State University and University of California, Davis, proposes to conduct a series of experiments aimed at defining the interaction between the salt marsh lady beetle, scale insects and smooth cordgrass (Spartina foliosa). Field and laboratory experiments will be used to assess the ability of lady beetles to control prey populations through an aggressive response, while also evaluating  the ability of lady beetles to perceive volatile  emissions (airborne chemicals) released by herbivore- attacked smooth cordgrass plants. Insight into the community structure of Southern California salt marshes will provide better management options regarding their restoration and conservation.

- Funded by the Hillsborough Garden Club, (CA) Zone XII


Ashley Rodman

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Awards for Summer Environmental Studies

Ashley Rodman of Elizabeth, AR, is a senior at the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences/University of Arkansas. She will be traveling to Nampula, Mozambique, where she will develop a water quality monitoring project with a professorn the Crop, Soil and Environmental Science Department at UA.  She will be measuring E. coli numbers as indicators of decal contamination and nitrate levels of water pumped through the filtration system. Ashley has been the spearhead for the engineering team who will be building water filters.



Marina Rodriguez

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Elizabeth Gardner Norweb Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Marina Rodriguez is from San Antonio, TX, and is a junior at Colorado State University with a concentration in wildlife biology. Her research will center on the effects of climate change on avian insectivores. Specifically, she will study the effects of calcium supplementation in nesting Tree Swallows. This study has worldwide implications due to the decreasing amount of available nutrients in the environment as an effect of climate change. 


Cooper Rosin

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Awards in Tropical Botany
Cooper Rosin is a student at Duke University and will be conducting his research in Gabon, Africa. His project will study the ecological consequences of hunting: seed predation, seedling recruitment, and the regeneration of tropical forest trees. The proposed project will be conducted in the Makokou Ivindo region of northeastern Gabon and several timber concessions, allowing for an assessment of the impacts of hunting on tropical forest trees across a gradient of human pressures. 


Elizabeth Schrack

Category: Conservation & Ecological Restoration
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Fellowship in Ecological Restoration
Elizabeth Schrack is a student at Duke University and she will explore her research topic in Beaufort, NC. Her project is titled "Harnessing positive interactions to enhance restoration of coastal wetlands," with field experiments manipulating the spatial arrangement of marsh grass plants. Some will be planted in spaced (conventional) and some in clumped (new theory) formations to test whether position reactions are important in the establishment of restored planting. 


Keren Terry

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Keren Terry is a junior majoring in Horticultural Science at Michigan State University. She has worked for many years for Dow Gardens, a botanical garden in Midland, MI. Her experiences at Dow led her to pursue a bachelor's degree at MSU. She hopes to become a ground maintenance supervisor at a public botanical garden. 


Valeria Vidal

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship

Valeria Vidal, born in Peru, is now a U.S. citizen living in Somerville, MA. She is a junior at Northeastern University and plans to study at Reykjavik University in Iceland in resource management and renewable energy. She will focus on geothermal energy, hydropower and management of natural resources in Iceland. She will also conduct scientific field research in sustainable energy. 



Lauren Walker

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Zeller Summer Scholarship in Medicinal Botany
Lauren Walker is a junior at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. She is working on identifying plant-based chemicals with the potential to benefit human health, with special focus on natural resources utilized by indigenous cultures across the globe. This summer, Lauren is working at The Plants for Human Health Laboratory on a specific skin disorder, hyper-pigmentation, a serious dermatological issue. Lauren's Human Health Lab will be working with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium to evaluate six species of seaweed and one tidal terrestrial plant for their potential to inhibit over-accumulation of melanin, which is a precursor of hyper-pigmentation. 


Chris Watson

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Hope Goddard Iselin Fellowship in Public Horticulture
Chris Watson is the first recipient of the Iselin Fellowship. He is pursuing a Master's degree in Environmental Horticulture at the University of Washington. His research involves the use of geographic information systems or GIS. His graduate work focuses on a GIS analysis of the potential effects of land use surrounding the Washington Park Arboretum at the University of Washington Botanic Gardens to determine the need for storm water management. His future career interests include expanding the skillset of public horticulturists to include GIS tools and finding creative ways to inforporate GIS into oublic gardens. 


Cassidy Way

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Summer Scholarship in Field Botany
Cassidy Way is a sophomore at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. She will intern with her USC professor at her field site near the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (CO). She will study the evolution of UV tolerance in Drummond's rockcress (Boechera stricta), a subalpine mustard native to the Rocky Mountains, in the context of climate change. 


Dawn Well

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Awards for Summer Environmental Studies

Dawn Well, of New York City, is a junior at Columbia University with an academic concentration in sustainable development, with interests in the areas of climate change and habitat destruction. Her program will take her to the mountain chain of the Western  Ghats in India, where she will study seasonally dry ecosystems, invasive ecology, conservation, medicinal plants, rain-fed agriculture, human-wildlife conflict and contemporary issues in conservation biology.

-Funded by Piscataqua Garden Club, (ME & NH), Zone I



Leland Werden

Category: Conservation & Ecological Restoration
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Fellowship in Ecological Restoration
Leland Werden is a student at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He will be conducting his research in Costa Rica. He will examine important factors in the initial establishment and effectiveness of a tropical dry forest restoration project. His experiements will lead to a better understanding of how to effectively restore TDFs (tropical dry forests) on degraded vertisols, (vertisols are clay rich soils that shrink and swell with changes in mositure content). Working in conjunction with restoration practitioners will ensure that lessons learned from this project will help define standard operating procedures for TDF restoration projects across Costa Rica and the Neotropics. 


Audrey Abrams

Category: Garden History & Design
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Internship in Garden History and Design
Audrey Abrams is a student at Simmons College, Boston, in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science with a concentration in archives management. She became interested in archival studies through internships at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Archive of the American Academy of Arts, where she worked with the More Product/Less Process (MPLP) technique to process 40 linear feet of documents and photographs of deceased members of the Academy. Audrey looks forward to working with uncommon materials like glass lantern and 35 mm slides that are part of the GCA collection.
School: Simmons College, Boston


Laura Ackerman

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Corliss Knapp Engle Scholarship in Horticulture
Is on the faculty of Minneapolis Community and Technical College. She will use her funds for an apprenticeship in ecological Horticulture at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her goal is to teach courses in sustainable food production techniques through extension programs, community organizations or college academic programs.


Julia Allen

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Julia Allen of Fayetteville, AR, a sophomore at the University of Arkansas, will participate in the Adelante Abroad Summer Ecology Program. She will travel to Scotland where she will study and perform fieldwork in ecology, conservation, and habitat management.
School: University of Arkansas


Bryce Anzelmo

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Caroline Thorn Kissel Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Will measure mercury capacity on brominated and on-brominated activated carbon. He intends that his research will help to make fossil fuels, namely coal, safer to use as we transition into a world with energy generated from non-carbonized sources.
School: Stanford University


Michelle Avis

Category: Native Bird Habitat
Scholarship: The Frances M. Peacock Scholarship for Native Bird Habitat
Michelle Avis is a Master’s candidate at the SUNY (State University of New York) School of Forestry. Her research proposal’s title is “Automated Telemetry for Tracking Breeding Piping Plovers: A novel approach for evaluating risks of wind turbine collisions.” Michelle will undertake a habitat use study on Piping Plovers (Charadrius melodus), an endangered species. The goal is to track the birds throughout their daily cycle, including at night and during inclement weather, to follow when and where they move among habitat patches. The wind turbine component adds a conservation context to this study of the use of spatial habitat.
School: State University of New York, School of Forestry


Kevin Barnes

Category: Native Bird Habitat
Scholarship: The Frances M. Peacock Scholarship for Native Bird Habitat
Kevin Barnes is a Master’s candidate at Ball State University, Muncie, IN. The title of his research is “Cerulean Warbler Settlement Cues: a con-specific attraction study.” Kevin will study why Cerulean Warblers, an endangered species, tend to settle in clusters within much larger expanses of suitable breeding habitat. The study relates to the Peacock Award’s goals of linking studies of habitat use and conservation. As one reviewer noted, “This study adopts a novel approach and could change how we think about habitat selection and settlement criteria in this and other endangered species.”
School: Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana


Sarah Barney

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
She will travel to Indonesia to participate in a Tropical Agro ecology and Sustainable Development program. Her interdisciplinary filed study will focus on exploring the boundaries between the ecology and culture of sustainable agriculture in three unique regions: Sumatra, Java, and Bali.
School: University of Kentucky
Project location: Indonesia


William Batt

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
His program is titled Revegetation Study of Callahan Mine. He will create an inexpensive, ecologically responsible revegetation plan for this site in Brooksville, Maine, that underwent industrial mining for zinc and copper from 1964-1972.
School: College of the Atlantic


Oliver Bazinet

Category: Urban Forestry
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Zone VI Fellowship in Urban Forestry
He is testing the reliability and applicability of a forest landscape tool he helped to develop. By training a variety of individuals to use the tool in varied landscapes and topography he will determine its consistency and best training methods.
School: University of Washington


Anna E. Braswell

Category: Coastal Wetlands Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Coastal Wetlands Studies
Anna E. Braswell, a Ph.D. candidate at Duke University, is researching marsh age and its past use at sites along the eastern seaboard by correlating historical data to sediment cores which will help illuminate the vulnerability of coastal ecosystems. Data will be shared with coastal managers and other scientists for marsh management as climate change influences sea level rise.
School: Duke University


Molly Briggs

Category: Garden History & Design
Scholarship: The Douglas Dockery Thomas Fellowship in Garden History and Design
Molly Briggs, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will investigate Chicago’s west side parks and how popular imagery has influenced public perception and use of the parks, impacting their development to the present day. Her project links history, garden design and perception, giving it both long-term and immediate value.
School: University of Illinois


Robin A. Cannon

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Robin A. Cannon is a non-traditional student, married with two teenage children. She is a junior at Kent State University at Salem and is majoring in Horticulture and Landscape Design. Robin has been president of her Horticulture Club since 2010 and on the Dean’s List. After graduating, she hopes to transition into a position in which she can educate others about best management practices in the green industry.
School: Kent State University at Salem


Bradley Cantrell

Category: Landscape Architecture
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture
His project is titled Synthetic and Responsive Ecologies. Bradley will focus on the water infrastructure of Rome, examining its historical evolution, analyzing the present conditions, and developing future projections.
School: Louisiana State University


Yan-Yi Anny Chung

Category: Desert Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Desert Studies
Will study biological soil crusts as a key player in the conservation of plant and arthropod community structures in the desert ecosystem. Anny was born in Taiwan and now resides in Albuquerque. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Washington University in St. Louis.
School: University of New Mexico


Kathryn Cooney

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Elizabeth Gardner Norweb Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Will volunteer at the Nashua National Fish Hatchery as part of their American shad restoration project. In addition to sampling and caring for shad eggs and other restoration tasks, she will help answer visitor questions and perform other support tasks.
School: University of Massachusetts


Karen Cumberledge

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Karen Cumberledge is a junior at Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI, where she plans to graduate with a Bachelors of Technology in Horticulture. Karen maintains a 4.0 grade point average and has excellent references. In ten years she sees herself working in a public garden like Longwood Gardens.
School: Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan


Dr. Abdolbaset Ghorbani Dahaneh

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Anne S. Chatham Fellowship in Medicinal Botany
Dr. Abdolbaset Ghorbani Dahaneh, of Uppsala University in Uppsala, Sweden, will research the development of a next-generation sequencing molecular identification system to curb the illegal trade in orchid tubers (Orchidaceae rhizoatous) for medicinal product sale in Iran. His project seeks to create a DNA bar-coding method that will allow rapid, reliable identification of orchid tubers. He will conduct field and survey work in Iran to determine which species are being used most and collect a range of samples. This research could impact wild orchid populations by protecting and discouraging the collection of endangered or toxic species.
School: Uppsala University
Project location: Iran


John Dindia

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Will study sustainable tropical agriculture systems in Sri Lanka. The program will encompass traditional, conventional, and organic production of crops, animal products, and post-harvest technology with a focus on the environmental and social issues related to sustainability.
School: Michigan State


Victoria Elliott

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Elizabeth Gardner Norweb Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Her program is titled Environmental Field Study in Namibia, and she will explore major environmental issues in that country focusing, in particular, on community-based conservation projects.
School: Rhodes College


Jacob Faber

Category: Conservation & Ecological Restoration
Scholarship: The Sara Shallenberger Brown Garden Club of America National Parks Conservation Scholarship
Jacob has prior experience at Adirondack Mountain Club, Green Mountain Club, Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Olympic National Forest.
School: Middlebury College


Jennifer Fill

Category: Conservation & Ecological Restoration
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Fellowship in Ecological Restoration
Jennifer Fill is a graduate student at the University of South Carolina. Her research topic is entitled “The Spatiotemporal Scale of Wetland Integrity: Amphibian specialists as bio indicators.” She will use the award to study the effects on long leaf pine ecosystems. Frogs will be her “amphibian specialists” in the coastal plains of South Carolina.
School: University of South Carolina


Skyler Flood

Category: Desert Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Desert Studies
He will be an intern at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix where he will learn about desert plants and design to contribute toward his education to be a sustainable Landscape Architect.
School: Arizona State University
Project location: Phoenix


Erica Georgaklis

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Zeller Summer Scholarship in Medicinal Botany
Erica Georgaklis, a junior at the College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, ME, is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humane Ecology. Her botanical research project, conducted at High Falls Gardens in Philmont, NY, will study four herbs popular in Chinese and Indian medicine. Sowing and growing the herbs, she will compare germination, growth and reproduction rates under different simulated climates to determine the best overall growing conditions and to encourage the production of medically valuable secondary compounds.
School: College of the Atlantic


Claire Godfrey

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Will participate in the program Environmental Field Study in Namibia. She will aim to gain an interdisciplinary view on the effects of culture, history, policy, and research on the current methods of conservation and resource distribution in Southern Africa.
School: Rhodes College
Project location: Namibia, South Africa


Katarzyna Kasia Goral

Category: International Work & Study
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America and the Royal Horticultural Society Interchange Fellowships
The Garden Club of America Interchange Fellow, Katarzyna (Kasia) Goral. A British citizen, Kasia was born in Poland and holds a Master's degree in Russian Philology from Silesian University in Poland, a Master's degree in Translation Studies from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and received her certificate and degree in Horticulture with Plantsmanship from  the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.  Kasia chose the year-long practical study program at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania and travelled to Florida and Colorado.


Peter Westley Guiden

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Summer Scholarship in Field Botany
Peter Westley Guiden, Master’s candidate at Miami University, OH, will research the dispersal by white-tailed deer of the highly invasive Amur honeysuckle. He will analyze his data into a “seed shadow,” calculating the maximum distance the seeds can be carried by deer. Previously, birds were deemed to be the only vectors.
School: Miami University, Ohio


Rachel K. Guy

Category: Coastal Wetlands Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Coastal Wetlands Studies
Rachel K. Guy, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Georgia, will study estuarine sites and several barrier islands along the coast of Georgia to determine if red drum — also known as channel bass — and blue crabs may be adversely affected by loss of salt-marsh due to saltwater inundation or flooding.
School: University of Georgia


Claire Hannapel

Category: Conservation & Ecological Restoration
Scholarship: The Sara Shallenberger Brown Garden Club of America National Parks Conservation Scholarship
She has prior experience at the Denali National Park, Isle Royale National Park and Great Sand Dunes National Park.
School: University of North Carolina


Robbie Hart

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Anne S. Chatham Fellowship in Medicinal Botany
Robbie Hart, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Missouri in St. Louis, will research the comparative ethnobotany of rhododendrons in Northwest Yunnan, China. The southern Chinese province is a center of rhododendron diversity. Two ethnic groups, one indigenous and one more recently arrived, provide traditional ecological knowledge and illustrate significant intercultural differences. Robbie is testing various assumptions based on information formulated from those considered most knowledgeable as that information is used as a plausible metric for other ethnobotanical studies.
School: University of Missouri in St. Louis


Michelle Hartmann

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Caroline Thorn Kissel Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Will pursue studies in landscape architecture, urban planning, and art in Germany. Planning a career in sustainability or architecture, she will focus this summer on environmental solutions through education and community outreach.
School: Rutgers University


Megan J. Haserodt

Category: Coastal Wetlands Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Coastal Wetlands Studies
Megan J. Haserodt, a Master’s candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is assessing roadway and development impacts on groundwater movement in the Kenai Peninsula Lowlands in Alaska where wetlands or peat lands are prevalent, providing nutrients and maintaining groundwater to replenish the many salmon streams.
School: University of Wisconsin-Madison


Joshua B. Henry

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Joshua B. Henry is a greenhouse and nursery management major at Ohio State University’s Agricultural Technical Institute (ATI). He was a fourth-grader when he attended a gardening course offered by a Master Gardener Volunteer program. Josh worked with students at his former elementary school in hopes some might become horticulturists. He will transfer to the OSU in Columbus to the College of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Sciences. Josh plans to own a greenhouse business.
School: Ohio State University in Wooster, Ohio


Terry Huang

Category: International Work & Study
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America and the Royal Horticultural Society Interchange Fellowships
The Royal Horticultural Society Interchange Fellow, Terry, is a 2011 graduate of the University of Washington with a major in Plant Biology.  Terry completed internships with the University of Washington Botanic Gardens in Seattle and the Smithsonian Gardens in Washington, D.C.  During his 10-month program, Terry worked in many public gardens, including Wisley, Kew and Tresco Abbey Gardens.


Alex Van Huynh

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Summer Scholarship in Field Botany
Alex Van Huynh, a junior at Moravian College, Philadelphia, will do a program in Manu Park, Peru, studying different species of Cecropia trees and learning why some do, while others do not, have a mutualistic relationship with Azteca ants to protect themselves from leaf-cutter ant herbivores.
School: Moravian College, Philadelphia
Project location: Peru


Andrew Johnson

Category: Native Bird Habitat
Scholarship: The Frances M. Peacock Scholarship for Native Bird Habitat
Andrew Johnson is a senior at Cornell University. Andrew is studying the nesting biology and movements of Whimbrels (Numenius phaeopus)at a field site above the Arctic Circle in Manitoba, Canada. He will explore the relationship between habitat features and nesting success, as subtle features of the plant community around Whimbrel nests seem to influence their visibility to predators. He will also retrieve day-length data loggers which he placed on 25 adult Whimbrels last year. The data loggers have recorded the daily movement of the birds as they migrated to South America and back. He plans to complete a documentary-style film on his project and Whimbrel migration.
School: Cornell University


Katherine Jumper

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Corliss Knapp Engle Scholarship in Horticulture
Will complete her study on the diversity and heavy metal content of mushrooms found on different geologic settings or quarries on the Deer Isles of Maine.
School: College of the Atlantic


Christopher U. Kitalong

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Anne S. Chatham Fellowship in Medicinal Botany
Christopher U. Kitalong, a Ph.D. candidate at City University of New York, will research the ethnobotany and pharmacology of Phaleria nisidai, a medicinal plant species used by native Palauans, including those with Type 2 Diabetes or who are obese. He will collaborate with local healers and physicians to organize a study of specific species used to treat diabetes and compare results with patients who use traditional treatments. Positive results from the use of Phaleria nisidai would provide scientific grounding for the use of this native medicine and could motivate further research and funding.
School: City University of New York


Amanda Krow

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Will serve as an intern at ACE Basin National Estuarine Research Reserve in South Carolina and assist with a sea turtle nesting project on Botany Bay. She will conduct research in this area, where hundreds of turtle nests are located, and conduct surveys, relocate nests, and assist in protecting the sites.
School: Delaware Valley College


Jancy Morgan Langley

Category: Urban Forestry
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Zone VI Fellowship in Urban Forestry
She plans to survey people who have requested and received a free street tree in order to better understand those who participate in this type of program. The study will improve outreach and engagement strategies needed to cultivate lasting environmental stewardship.
School: Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies


Caitlin Lawrence

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Catherine H. Beattie Fellowship in Conservation Horticulture
Is a Master’s degree candidate at Oregon State University, Corvallis. Her research project is entitled “Restoring the Endangered Golden Paintbrush Castilleja levisecta: Effects of biodiversity and nutrient availability on reintroduction success.” Her project seeks to investigate restoration management for this genus of poorly understood hemiparasitic plants which partially depend on supplemental moisture and nutrients from connections they form with the plants around them.
School: Oregon State University, Corvallis


Katherine Leise

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Elizabeth Gardner Norweb Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
She will participate in Community Planning/Design Studio and Seminar, a KSU program that helps undergraduates transition in Master’s programs.
School: Kansas State University


Keith Lukowski

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Corliss Knapp Engle Scholarship in Horticulture
He plans to visit a garden with an internship program in every state. He will interview and film present interns and internship coordinators, and then place the information on a web page for potential interns and public garden administrators.
School: North Carolina State University


Maryanne Manuel

Category: Conservation & Ecological Restoration
Scholarship: The Sara Shallenberger Brown Garden Club of America National Parks Conservation Scholarship
She has prior experience at Carson City, Wissahickon, Fairmount Park and Valley Forge. Maryanne is President of her college’s "Green Cycle" Environmental Club.
School: Community College of Philadelphia


Sandra Mardonovich

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Summer Scholarship in Field Botany
Sandra Mardonovich, a Master’s candidate at Miami University, OH,will collect natural populations of papaya beyond Costa Rica borders in Central America to discover new genes which could improve papaya cultivation and cause resistance to disease. Collections will be given to herbaria in the respective countries.
School: Miami University, Ohio
Project location: Costa Rica


Emily Meineke

Category: Urban Forestry
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Zone VI Fellowship in Urban Forestry
Her research, which will be conducted in Raleigh, is focused on the effects of scale insects in warmer versus cooler sites and the subsequent impact on the affected trees’ ability to sequester pollution and cool the surrounding area.
School: North Carolina State University


Laura Messman

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Elizabeth Gardner Norweb Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
She will serve as an ecological intern at University of Minnesota and conduct research on plant adaptations to environmental stress related to the impacts of climate change.
School: Oberlin College


Amy Miller

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Amy Miller will complete her greenhouse production and management courses this spring from the Agricultural Technical Institute at the Ohio State University in Wooster, OH. She has been on the Director’s List for all seven quarters and was named Outstanding Ohio ATI student. This fall, she will move to Ohio State’s main campus in Columbus and continue her studies at the College of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Sciences. Her goal is to pursue research to support the horticulture industry, enabling it to become stronger and more profitable.
School: Ohio State University in Wooster, Ohio


Phillip Moore

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Catherine H. Beattie Fellowship in Conservation Horticulture
Phillip Moore is a Master’s degree candidate at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He will study “Primary Pollinators and other Visitors to Pityopteris ruthii in Natural Populations.” Phillip’s project involves an endangered plant of the Southeastern United States. He proposes to investigate an issue of potential conservation significance – the use of genetic techniques to compare the genetic origin of pollen relative to the plant visited.
School: University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Joel Nitta

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Awards in Tropical Botany
Joel Nitta, a Ph.D. candidate at Harvard University, will continue his research in Moorea, French Polynesia, where he developed a database for fern (Pteridophyta) DNA, which have a life cycle completely different from all other land plants.
School: Harvard University
Project location: French Polynesia


Matt Ozenbaugh

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Matt Ozenbaugh is a junior at Purdue University majoring in Horticulture, Landscape, and Design. His family owns a 600-acre farm in the heart of Indiana farming country where they raise wheat, corn for ethanol, and soy for bio-diesel fuel. He enjoys designing and making hardscapes, especially terraces out of brick or stone, and will compete at the Planet Career Fair where school teams design and build a landscape, irrigation system, or terrace. Matt wants to own a landscape design business.
School: Purdue University


Corey Palmer

Category: Conservation & Ecological Restoration
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Fellowship in Ecological Restoration
Corey Palmer, a Master’s Degree candidate at Northwestern University, will study soil recovery in prairie restoration to determine if land management practices are working. She will conduct her field work at a regional Chicago-area prairie site and will investigate the connection between the age of a prairie restoration, soil nutrients at the site, and composition of the soil microbial community. Her research lab work will be conducted at the Chicago Botanic Gardens’ Plant Science Center.
School: Northwestern University


Henry Peller

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Will serve as a Community Gardening intern with the non-governmental organization, Haiti Communitere. His program focuses on gardening education, outreach, and infrastructure expansion in the coastal slum of Cite Soleil.
School: Ohio State University


Joseph Poythress

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Corliss Knapp Engle Scholarship in Horticulture
He will be doing research on conserving native plants, including rare plant protection and reintroduction, and will work on improving the propagation protocols for milkweeds.
School: University of Georgia


Onja Razafindratsima

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Awards in Tropical Botany
Onja Razafindratsima, a Ph.D. candidate at Rice University, will study seed dispersal patterns in structuring and maintaining tree diversity in tropical forests where critical threats from deforestation are common worldwide. She will conduct her research in her home country of Madagascar.
School: Rice University


Jessica Robinson

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Mary T. Carothers Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Will study at the University of Montana this summer as part of the Flathead Lake Biological Station Summer Session. Beyond the coursework, she will be immersed in the environment, hiking over 10 miles each day, conducting field work, and will complete an individual project focusing on water quality.
School: University of North Carolina


Clemente Rico Rodriguez

Category: Desert Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Desert Studies
He will study ways of water conservation in the desert as an intern at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.
School: Arizona State University


Corey Rovzar

Category: Conservation & Ecological Restoration
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Fellowship in Ecological Restoration
Corey Rovzar is a graduate student at UCLA’s Department of Geography. She will study the endangered state flower of Hawaii, Hibiscus brackenridgei, in Oahu’s dry forests to study previously made plantings and to determine if distribution affects restoration of an endangered species.
School: UCLA’s Department of Geography


Nelson Salinas

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Awards in Tropical Botany
Nelson Salinas, a Ph.D. candidate at the City University of New York, New York Botanical Gardens, will conduct research in the Andes, where he will study the effects of biogeographic processes and the flower in diversification of the Andean clade of Orthaea (blueberries). Clade refers to a group consisting of an ancestor and all its descendants.
School: City University of New York


Jun Shepard

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Will participate in the Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program and conduct research in the earth sciences and atmospheric sciences at Stanford or Yale.
School: Harvard University


John Siefer

Category: Urban Forestry
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Zone VI Fellowship in Urban Forestry
He will research Electric Utility Industry Right of Way Maintenance within the US and Canada. He is an ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) Certified Arborist and plans to get his Master’s Degree in Plant Physiology.
School: Kent State University


Denise R. Snook

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Denise R. Snook will be a senior at Temple University’s Ambler campus. Denise has maintained a 4.0 grade point average and has taken on many leadership opportunities at Temple. After graduating, Denise hopes to receive a Ph.D. at Cornell University in the field of horticulture.
School: Temple University’s Ambler Campus


Matthew Spitzer

Category: Conservation & Ecological Restoration
Scholarship: The Sara Shallenberger Brown Garden Club of America National Parks Conservation Scholarship
His prior experience includes serving on an Appalachian Trail Crew (AMC) and Student Conservation Association (SCA) national crews at Ocmulgee, Georgia, Denali, Alaska and Glacier, Montana.
School: Middlebury College


Sage Taber

Category: Conservation & Ecological Restoration
Scholarship: The Sara Shallenberger Brown Garden Club of America National Parks Conservation Scholarship
Sage has prior experience at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee and with Canadian and United States crews in the North Cascades National Park, Washington.
School: Middlebury College


Jared Talkin

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
He will participate in the SEE-U Brazil program by the Instituto de Pesquisas Ecologias at its Center for Conservation Biology. He will take courses in ecology and biology and conduct field research in Brazil’s Atlantic Rainforest.
School: Columbia University
Project location: Brazil


John Taylor

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Corliss Knapp Engle Scholarship in Horticulture
His research is on home food gardens in urban areas, specifically Chicago. He intends to return to teaching at a university and to focus on local food systems and sustainable horticulture.
School: University of Illinois


Andres Valdivieso

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Will participate in a two-part program with the School for Field Studies in Karatu, Tanzania. One part of the program will focus on Wildlife Management and Conservation, and the second on Techniques for Field Research
School: Yale University
Project location: Africa


Jessica M. Vogt

Category: Urban Forestry
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Zone VI Fellowship in Urban Forestry
She and a team of trained youth will collect information about the Keep Indianapolis Beautiful nonprofit neighborhood tree planting and maintenance project. They will add 5 additional cities to their research, working with the local non-profits and she will be the project’s leader.
School: Indiana University Bloomington


Seana Walsh

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Corliss Knapp Engle Scholarship in Horticulture
She will continue her studies of the plant, commonly called Cabbage on a stick and also known as Alula, (Brighamia insignis). Her career goal is to earn a Ph.D. and to work in natural resource management with the National Tropical Botanical Garden.
School: University of Hawaii


Bellamy Wenum

Category: Garden History & Design
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Internship in Garden History and Design
Bellamy Wenum is in her second year in a Master of Library and Information Science program at the University of South Carolina. Bella has been a Digital Collections Assistant at the USC since 2008 and a writer/blogger for her local public library. Her chosen projects at the AAG include cataloging, creating finding aids for the “archivists’ toolkit,” blogging, social media and the social tagging initiative.
School: University of South Carolina


Rychele White

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Rychele White is a sophomore majoring in horticulture at the Agricultural Technical Institute of the Ohio State University in Wooster, OH. Rychele will transfer to Ohio State’s main campus and after undergraduate school she hopes to complete her Master’s degree in horticulture. Her goal is to expand the family farm to include a garden landscaping business incorporating ornamentals, fruits and vegetables.
School: Ohio State University in Wooster, Ohio


Brett Wolfe

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Awards in Tropical Botany
Brett Wolfe, a second-year Ph.D. candidate at the University of Utah, will conduct field work in Panama, studying the traits of tropical sapling trees to determine how these influence their growth and survival during seasonal droughts. His work could have implications in climate change questions.
School: University of Utah
Project location: Panama


Kevin James Wolz

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Joan K. Hunt and Rachel M. Hunt Summer Scholarship in Field Botany
Kevin James Wolz, a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will do a botanical survey of a remnant oak savannah at Tomlinson Nature Preserve, Illinois, and monitor the site’s rare American hazelnut population, using time-lapse photography. Analysis of the photos will support his plant inventory and he will make a video to be used as a teaching tool.
School: University of Illinois


Carissa Aoki

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Caroline Thorn Kissel Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
A Ph.D. candidate at Dartmouth College, will conduct pine beetle field research in New Jersey. She will collect field data and run experiments pertaining to the current southern pine beetle (Dendroctonus frontalis) outbreak in the New Jersey Pinelands.
School: Dart College


Stephanie Austin

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Attends the University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources and Environment, and is a Masters degree candidate in Landscape Architecture. She plans on becoming a licensed landscape architect and obtaining a LEED accreditation. Stephanie is passionate about protecting the Great Lakes, her regions most valued natural resource, for future generations.
School: University of Michigan
Project location: USA


Danielle Lynn Ballweg

Category: International Work & Study
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America and the Royal Horticultural Society Interchange Fellowships
The Royal Horticultural Society Interchange Fellow, Danielle, graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Platteville, with a B.S. in Ornamental Horticulture.  During her 10-month program in the United Kingdom, Danielle worked at Wisley and Kew, among other public gardens, and assisted the Garden Club of America with its successful entry in the 2013 Chelsea Flower Show.


Dr. Valentin Barca

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Anne S. Chatham Fellowship in Medicinal Botany
Will conduct ethno-botanical research of Aromanian populations in the Southern Balkan Peninsula in order to make a comparative assessment of several distinct populations in Albania, Greece, Romania & Bulgaria. The Aromanians date back to the 6th century AD, and now live in small ethnic enclaves in several countries, maintaining their cultural practices. This group has never been studied, and Dr. Barca will document
School: Carol Davila University of Medicina and Pharmacy in Romania
Project location: Albania, Greece, Romania & Bulgaria.


Wesley Beaulieu

Category: Conservation & Ecological Restoration
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Fellowship in Ecological Restoration
Is a Ph.D. candidate at Indiana University, will do his field work on the east and west coasts of Florida, studying the effects of fungal symbiosis on the success of (Ipomoea pes-caprea), a foundational cosmopolitan beach species
School: Indiana University


Sarah Bluher

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Caroline Thorn Kissel Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
A junior at Princeton University, will participate in the Tahoe-Baikal Institute Summer Environmental Exchange Program, where young environmentalists from around the world work together on restoration projects, environmental research and outreach in the Lake Tahoe and Lake Baikal watersheds
School: Princeton University


Alyssa Borowske

Category: Native Bird Habitat
Scholarship: The Frances M. Peacock Scholarship for Native Bird Habitat
Is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Connecticut, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Her project is entitled, Linking Life History Strategies to the Choices and Consequences of Habitat Selection in Saltmarsh and Seaside Sparrows, Two Coastal Sparrows of Conservation Concern.
School: University of Connecticut


Eden V Brachot

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
A freshman at Cornell University, will participate in the Terra Verde program, where she will explore sustainable technologies and methodologies used in Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands.
School: Cornell University


Shannon Buckley

Category: Native Bird Habitat
Scholarship: The Frances M. Peacock Scholarship for Native Bird Habitat
She is an M.S. candidate at the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse. She will study the landscape and nest predation dynamics in the declining Rusty Blackbird (Euphagus carolinus) in a regional, multi-scale study.
School: State University of New York


Yujuan Chen

Category: Urban Forestry
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Zone VI Fellowship in Urban Forestry
Is a Ph.D. candidate in Urban Forestry at Virginia Tech. She is studying compacted urban soils to determine if they can be rehabilitated to improve tree growth and if this rehabilitation will assist in sequestering carbon and mitigate storm water runoff.
School: Virginia Tech


Bart Christiaen

Category: Coastal Wetlands Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Coastal Wetlands Studies
Bart Christiaen, from Belgium, a PhD candidate at the U South Alabama working at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is studying diurnal shifts in dissolved oxygen in wetlands to determine whether they stimulate water column denitrifcation.
School: University of South Alabama


Kyle Cooper

Category: Urban Forestry
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Zone VI Fellowship in Urban Forestry
Finishing his five-year Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program at Virginia Tech and has won this award for the second year in a row. He is synthesizing previously researched design elements of trees and forests, to produce a manual for fellow landscape architects which will illustrate how urban forestry positively affects the physical and mental well-being of the urban community.
School: Virginia Tech


Jessica Leanna Dame

Category: Garden History & Design
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Internship in Garden History and Design
Is a Masters candidate at the University of South Carolina, in the School of Library and Information Science. As an undergraduate, Jessica worked as a horticulture technician and became familiar with a variety of plants. She also has experience with cataloging, writing, editing and processing newly acquired materials and scanning images, all skills needed to perform the collections management duties at the Archive of American Gardens (AAG) at the Smithsonian. She will digitize and catalog new acquisitions to the GCA Collection.
School: University of South Carolina


Caroline DeVan

Category: Conservation & Ecological Restoration
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Fellowship in Ecological Restoration
A Ph.D. student at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, will study the cascading impact of deer abundance on bee communities. She will use twenty existing deer enclosures and monitor the bee community composition and floral resources.
School: New Jersey Institute of Technology


Akasha Faist

Category: Coastal Wetlands Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Coastal Wetlands Studies
Is a Ph.D candidate at the University of Colorado at Boulder, is exploring vernal pools at Travis Air Force Base, California, to see how litter decomposition affects native versus exotic, invasive plant performance. This work is vital to the success of vernal pool restoration.
School: University of Colorado


Shelby Flint

Category: Conservation & Ecological Restoration
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Fellowship in Ecological Restoration
Is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, will compare the restoration-relevant traits among different population sources of native grass (Panicum virgatum), commonly referred to as switch grass. She will research risks associated with sourcing restoration germplasm and translocating plant populations.
School: University of Minnesota


Brian Giacopelli

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Caroline Thorn Kissel Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
A junior at the College of New Jersey, will work full time with a professor researching the genetic diversity of broom sedge grass (Andropogon virginicus), a native grass in the eastern United States, but introduced to, and considered invasive in, California and Hawaii.
School: College of New Jersey


Megan Gittinger Seifert

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Awards in Tropical Botany
Is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Florida. She will collect seeds of the spiny acacia in Kenya to study the evolution of the defense mechanism of the spines, using them as a model to examine the evolution of structural defense morphology.
School: University of Florida
Project location: Kenya


Carolina Gomez-Posada

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Awards in Tropical Botany
Is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Washington. She will evaluate the potential for bamboo forest agroecosystems to foster red howler monkey conservation in a highly fragmented landscape in Colombia.
School: University of Washington
Project location: Colombia


Thu Ngan N Han

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Is a junior at Temple University in Philadelphia majoring in Landscape Architecture. She wants to restore Philadelphia neighborhoods to make it possible for everyone, regardless of background, to have the opportunity to live in a beautiful place through thoughtful and functional landscape design.
School: Temple University
Project location: USA


Meghan Henshaw

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Zeller Summer Scholarship in Medicinal Botany
Is a junior at Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington. This summer she will study herbal medicine in Italy, identifying plants and integrating an understanding of their medicinal applications. Her goal is to cultivate medicinal plants for use in a medical practice.
School: Bastyr University
Project location: Italy


Courtney Hill

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Mary T. Carothers Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Is a sophomore at the University of Arkansas. She hopes to work in the area of sustainable building processes. Her program is entitled Denmark Institute of Study Abroad Sustainability Program which will give her the opportunity to examine the concepts and philosophies of sustainability.
School: University of Arkansas


Lydia Rose Horne

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
A junior at St. Lawrence University, will do summer research at St. Lawrence University, surveying wild bee species in an agricultural landscape.
School: Lawrence University


Julie Hunter

Category: Garden History & Design
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Internship in Garden History and Design
Is a Masters candidate in Library Science and Information at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. She worked in the Dauphin County Library System in Harrisburg, PA, where she gained valuable experience with cataloging and technical writing. Currently, she is working in media services at the Pratt Library. This experience, coupled with her love of gardens, will enable her to work with the new acquisitions to the GCA Collections at the Archive of American Gardens at the Smithsonian.


Katherine Ellen Jumper

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Summer Scholarship in Field Botany
A first-year graduate student in fungal plant ecology at the College of the Atlantic, Maine, will research fungi on serpentine sites to determine whether there are different species of mushrooms between serpentine and granite-based soils in two different quarries on the Deer Isles of Maine.
School: College of Atlantic


Josh Kellogg

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Anne S. Chatham Fellowship in Medicinal Botany
Ph.D. student, North Carolina State University. His research will explore the biochemical mechanisms of action for six Ecuadorian plants that are used to treat malaria in southern Ecuador and have been subjected to little or no study. Extract identification for analysis comparable to traditional remedies will increase antimalarial efficacy.
School: North Carolina State University


Margaret Knapke

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Will be a senior at Purdue University in Indiana majoring in Public Horticulture. After graduating, she would like to receive her Masters degree at the University of Delaware in conjunction with Longwood Gardens. Her long-term goal is to obtain a job at a public garden or arboretum, educating the public about plant uses.
School: Purdue University


Ripu Mardham Kunwar

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Anne S. Chatham Fellowship in Medicinal Botany
Ph.D. student, Tribhuvan University, Nepal, will research the diversity and use of medicinal plants of far west Nepal in elevation and changing climate gradients. The researcher is interested in the effects of climate change on the availability of medicinal plants at various altitudes. Interviews and sample collections will be taken at nine different locations ranging from low to very high altitude. This data will provide valuable information to create a base line for future comparative studies.
School: Tribhuvan University , Nepal


Judson LeCompte

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Catherine H. Beattie Fellowship in Conservation Horticulture
Is a Masters degree student at Auburn University in Alabama. His study examines the result of two different planting times on the survival of reintroduced pitcher plants (Sarracenia rubra ssp. Wherryi). This is important work in developing successful restoration techniques for the species.
School: Auburn University in Alabama
Project location: USA


Matan Levin

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Elizabeth Gardner Norweb Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Is a sophomore majoring in Psychology at Columbia University who will participate in a program on ecology and environmental sustainability at Columbias Center for Environmental Research and Conservation.
School: Columbia University


Holly Ann Lindberg

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
A junior at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Her plan is to travel to Atenas, Costa Rica, to attend a four-week study session focusing on sustaining tropical ecosystems: biodiversity, conservation, and development. More specifically, the research will be directed towards integrating conservation, economic development, and climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies.
School: University of Tennessee
Project location: Costa Rica


Colleen Lindsay

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Anne S. Chatham Fellowship in Medicinal Botany
A Ph.D. student from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will study the utilization of useful plants in "forest gardens" by the Classic Maya of Yalbac, Belize. The area has been abandoned since 900 AD, marking the end of the Classic Mayan Period. The researcher has been made aware of enormous differences in the amount of poison plants in unsettled areas and non-poison plants in the settled areas. It appears the Mayans created "forest gardens" of edible and medicinal plants. Study of their practices may contribute valuable understanding of sustainable living practices.
School: University of Illinois


Dorothea J Lundberg

Category: Coastal Wetlands Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Coastal Wetlands Studies
Is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Maryland, is employing her extensive expertise in hydrology to work on two grid-ditched marshes to determine the best course of remediation for the coastal marshes on Marylands Eastern Shore.
School: University of Maryland


Karen M'Closkey

Category: Landscape Architecture
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture
Is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. Karen's project, titled A Field Guide to Rome: Baedeker and Beyond, will yield a supplement to the early English-language guidebooks published by Baedeker. The scholar will focus on places of extraction (quarries, aquifers) and deposition (landfills) that are reaching the end of their useful lives, yet open up new opportunities, both ecological and touristic.
School: University of Pennsylvania
Project location: Rome


Fiona McAnally

Category: Garden History & Design
Scholarship: The Douglas Dockery Thomas Fellowship in Garden History and Design
A Master of Plant Science candidate at the University of Tennessee, will document the historical, cultural and botanical significance of vegetables of primarily European origin being grown in home gardens in Southern Appalachia. The database of information created will be a useful resource for historic home museums and farms, professional gardeners, home gardeners, ethno-botanists and chefs.
School: University of Tennessee


Sarah McCracken

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Zeller Summer Scholarship in Medicinal Botany
Is a junior at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, ME. She will apprentice at Healing Spirits Herb Farm and Education Center in Avoca, New York, where she will learn to make tinctures, salves, flower essences and teas and how to maintain established ecosystems
School: College of the Atlantic


Peter M McDonough

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Is a senior pursuing a degree in Crop Sciences at Ohio State University. He grew up in Nepal and his long-term goal is to work in rural areas of South Asia doing agricultural development work. Peter wants to pursue a Masters degree from Ohio State University in Agriculture/Environmental Science with a focus on International Development.
School: Ohio State University
Project location: USA


Amanda L. Meder

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Corliss Knapp Engle Scholarship in Horticulture
A 2008 graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a BS in Environmental Studies, is pursuing a Masters in Horticulture. She is studying sustainable landscape horticulture through the study of native plants in storm water best management practices and greywater irrigation settings.
School: University of Nebraska


Erin Meier

Category: Conservation & Ecological Restoration
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Fellowship in Ecological Restoration
Is a Masters candidate at Colorado State University. Her work will focus on conserving the diversity of high-elevation pine ecosystems by testing the southern Rockies seed zone delineation for Limber Pine (Pinus flexilis). This research will enhance an ongoing program and will provide the science foundation necessary to make conservation decisions for the species.
School: Colorado State University


Abree Lauren Murch

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Is a junior at Delaware Valley College. She will participate in Operation Wallacea and serve as a conservation research assistant in South Africa and Mozambique
School: Delware Valley College
Project location: South Africa and Mozambique


Nazarine M Nato

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Elizabeth Gardner Norweb Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Is an Environmental Engineering student who will participate in Benedict Colleges summer undergraduate research program, doing a hands-on, faculty led-project using molecular genomics and computer modeling to study the interactions between pore spore hydraulic conditions.
School: Benedict College


Patrick Thomas Oelschlager

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
A sophomore at Juniata College, majoring in Environmental Science and will conduct bull trout (Salvelinus confluentus) population research and habitat modification with the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He will study populations in south east Oregon and determine the impact of habitat modification on their ability to compete successfully with invasive species.
School: Juanita College


April Pallete

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Catherine H. Beattie Fellowship in Conservation Horticulture
Is a Masters degree candidate at Western Carolina University in North Carolina. She will study seed dispersal and germination ecology of Swamp Pink (Helonias bullata) by examining whether seed traits that suggest water dispersal convey buoyancy properties in water, and if a wetted period improves germination compared to seed that is not immersed or floated.
School: Western Carolina University
Project location: USA


Monique Marie Picon

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Summer Scholarship in Field Botany
A senior at the University of California, Berkeley, will be a Summer Assistant to a Berkeley Tropical Botanist and will be assisting with tropical tree identification, pollination experiments and mapping in both white sand and clay soil forests in the Allpahuayo Mishana Reserve, Peru.
School: University of California
Project location: Peru


Elizabeth Podowski

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Caroline Thorn Kissel Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Is pursuing a Masters in Landscape Architecture degree at the University of Oregon. Her project is to study the effects of vegetation on water quality in wetlands managed for storm water control in Staten Island, NY.


Ian English Preston

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
A junior at Rhodes College, will travel to Namibia this summer. As part of an Environmental Field Study program supervised by his college, Ian will study biology and the interactions between people and wildlife in South Africa.
School: Rhodes College
Project location: South Africa


Elizabeth Denise Riley

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Corliss Knapp Engle Scholarship in Horticulture
A summa cum laude graduate of North Carolina State University in 2009, earned a Master of Science degree in 2011, and is now a Ph.D. candidate in Horticultural Science at NC State. She intends to teach at a university or community college level in a horticulture- based program.
School: North Carolina State University


Hallie Victoria Schmidt

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Corliss Knapp Engle Scholarship in Horticulture
A junior at California Polytechnic State University who anticipates graduating in June 2013 with a degree in Public Horticulture. Her goal is to be a program or educational director at an arboretum or botanic garden or a garden manager of an historic site.
School: California Polytechnic State University


Julia Schock

Category: Conservation & Ecological Restoration
Scholarship: The Sara Shallenberger Brown Garden Club of America National Parks Conservation Scholarship
Attends Allegheny College in Pennsylvania where she is majoring in Environmental Science. She is a three-time alumna having served on three national high school crews in Ouachita National Forest, Arkansas, Olympic National Park in Washington and Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado.
School: Allegheny College of Pennsylvania


Lee Schoen

Category: Coastal Wetlands Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Coastal Wetlands Studies
Is a Masters degree candidate at Central Michigan University, is using highly technical scientific methods and instrumentation to study samples of fish tissues to estimate the proportion of their diet coming from wetland food sources.
School: Central Michigan University


Kunwar Singh

Category: Urban Forestry
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Zone VI Fellowship in Urban Forestry
A Ph.D. student in the Geography Program and Applied Geographic Information Science at University North Carolina, Charlotte. He will use LiDar, which measures speed, distance and rotation through light detection, to do rapid assessments of urban forestry health in Charlotte. This new methodology will aid in developing more accurate urban forestry management plans.
School: University of North Carolina


Jane G. Smith

Category: Desert Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Desert Studies
A Ph.D. student in Biology at the New Mexico University in Las Cruces, will study the effects on soil organic carbon by desert rodents and ants. She will utilize a long-term rodent and ant removal experiment in the Chihuahua Desert to quantify the role of the rats and ants in soil organic carbon cycling, a phenomenon associated with plant productivity and soil-water properties in the desert.
School: New Mexico University


Pacifica Sommers

Category: Desert Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Desert Studies
A Ph.D. student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona in Tucson. She has a B.A. in Biology with honors and cum laude from Scripps College in Clarement, CA. Her thesis is the study of the effect of baffle grass on native Sonoran seedlings through interactions with small animals.
School: University of Arizona


Erin Spear

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Awards in Tropical Botany
A Ph.D. candidate at the University of Utah, will research what controls the diversity of plants by studying how pathogens influence changes in tree species composition in the rainforests across the Isthmus of Panama.
School: University of Utah
Project location: Panama


Ms. Christina L. Spohn

Category: Conservation & Ecological Restoration
Scholarship: The Sara Shallenberger Brown Garden Club of America National Parks Conservation Scholarship
Attends Penn State, majoring in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Management. She has wonderful experience working with youth and has previously served with two high school crews on the Appalachian Trail in Massachusetts and Connecticut and in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina.
School: Pennsylvania State University


Rylan Nocona Sprague

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Joan K. Hunt and Rachel M. Hunt Summer Scholarship in Field Botany
A senior at Black Hills State University, will help revise a taxonomic key to vascular plants of South Dakota by documenting 1,500 plant collections from areas near the Black Hills which were under-represented in an earlier edition. He will be working as a botany trainee with the Forest Service Student Career Experience Program.
School: Black Hills State University


Margaret Ann Stern

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
A senior at the College of the Atlantic, will survey vascular plants in the Rockland-Thomaston Limestone Quarry, Maine, in order to characterize the plant-soil relationship of limestone flora. As a graduate student she would like to apply her experience from this project to her understanding of limestone croppings in her native state of Texas.
School: College of the Atlantic


Teresa Mae Tymon

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
A junior at University of South Carolina, will participate in Operation Wallacea. The programs research is aimed at increasing our understanding of the biodiversity of coral reefs and the factors impacting reef systems.
School: University of South Carolina


Oscar Vargas

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Awards in Tropical Botany
A Ph.D. candidate at the University of Texas, Austin, will unravel the evolutionary history of high Andean plants: evolution, systematics, and taxonomy of the genus (Diplostephium astaraceae), a genus of trees and shrubs.
School: University of Texas


Jessica M. Vogt

Category: Urban Forestry
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Zone VI Fellowship in Urban Forestry
Beginning her Ph.D. at Indiana University, Bloomington. Her research, working with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, will evaluate the social and biophysical effects of urban tree planting programs and the role of neighborhood tree planting participants.
School: Indiana University


Sierra M Voss

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Elizabeth Gardner Norweb Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
A junior at Eckerd College majoring in Environmental Studies, with minors in Biology and Coastal Management, will participate in a program entitled Sacred Groves of Sierra Leone: Conserving Biodiversity and Cultural Traditions. She will do field study and research on several groves in Sierra Leone.
School: Eckerd College
Project location: Sierra Leone


Seana Kasey Walsh

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Summer Scholarship in Field Botany
Masters Candidate, will examine the floral biology and breeding systems of an endangered endemic Hawaiian plant.
School: University of Hawaii at Manoa


Maria Wang

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
A junior concentrating in Biology at Northwestern University, will participate in the Echinacea Project in Minnesota where she will perform field research on habitat fragmentation in a tallgrass prairie. She plans ultimately to return to Malaysia as a conservation biologist.
School: Northwestern University


Ronan Watson

Category: International Work & Study
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America and the Royal Horticultural Society Interchange Fellowships

The Garden Club of America Interchange Fellow, Ronan, chose to undertake the first year of post-graduate study in Landscape Architecture at North Carolina State University.   “After arriving in North Carolina, I was taken aback by the sheer diversity of opportunity the Interchange Fellowship year offered.  I met some truly fantastic people, got involved in a wealth of rewarding landscape and horticultural projects and explored some of America’s most magnificent gardens.  The RHS/GCA Interchange Fellowship was without a doubt one of the most rewarding years of my life.  For anyone interested in applying all I can say is jump in and don’t look back!”



McKenzie Wilhelm

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Will be a junior at Ohio State University majoring in Landscape Architecture. She hopes to work at a firm where she can explore her passion for design and her ecological values. Eventually, she wants to be the principal of her own landscape architecture firm.
School: Ohio State University
Project location: USA


Adrian Willis

Category: Conservation & Ecological Restoration
Scholarship: The Sara Shallenberger Brown Garden Club of America National Parks Conservation Scholarship
Attends the University of Texas at San Antonio, majoring in Environmental Studies with a focus in Education. He is a Student Conservation Association (SCA) alum, serving in the Houston Conservation Leadership Corps (CLC) program for two years as a community crew member in the city and also a national crew member in Acadia and Denali National Parks.
School: University of Texas


Douglas Carl Wolf

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
A junior at the University of Arkansas who aspires to a career in environmental consulting. He will study conservation skills and habitat management as part of the Ecological Conservation Summer Program at Oatridge University in Edinburgh, Scotland.
School: University of Arkansas
Project location: Scotland


James Arrigoni

Category: Conservation & Ecological Restoration
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Fellowship in Ecological Restoration
"Ph.D. student at SUNY- College of Envir. Science and Forestry, Dept of Envir. and Forest Biology in Syracuse, New York. The focus of his research is Quantifying restoration success: ecological metrics of constructed vernal pools."
School: "University of Vermont BS in wildlife, Syracuse Post Standard, SUNY ESF"


Leah Beckett

Category: Coastal Wetlands Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Coastal Wetlands Studies
"Ph.D. candidate in the Ecology Area of Specialization of the Marine- Estuarine-Environmental Science program at the University of Maryland. For her dissertation, she is measuring accretion and elevation dynamics of Chesapeake Bay."
School: Brevard College BSUniversity of Maryland MS


Jeff Boutain

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Anne S. Chatham Fellowship in Medicinal Botany
"Ph. D. student at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, will explore the evolutionary relationships of hops species in China. DNA extraction and sequencing will be performed in a Chinese colleagues lab at the Kunming Institute of Botany."
School: "University of Michigan B.S., University of Hawaii M.S."


Angelle L Bullard-Roberts

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Anne S. Chatham Fellowship in Medicinal Botany
A Ph.D. candidate at Florida International University and a national of Trinidad & Tobago. She will conduct ethno botanical surveys to identify plants currently used to treat symptoms of diabetes in Trinidad & Tobago.
School: Florida International University


Kayla Burns

Category: Garden History & Design
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Internship in Garden History and Design
Kayla is most interested in archives and the challenges they pose in creating unique records for rare items such as the GCA Collection at the Archive of American Gardens at the Smithsonian.
School: University of South CarolinaMichigan State University


Caitlin Campbell

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
"Environmental Outreach and Interpretation - Will create educatinal materials and present programs for visitors including a guided nature walk, a children's program and presentations on beavers, coyotes, bears and the natural history of Colorado."
School: Moravian College - Environmental Studies Major and Writing and Art Minor
Project location: Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado


Elliott Chiu

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
"Elliott will help to research the primate species found on the island; and perform individual research on the islands population of duikers, several species of small-to-medium-sized antelopes that subsist on fruits dropped from trees."
School: Drexel University


Theresa Chormanski

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Corliss Knapp Engle Scholarship in Horticulture
"Theresa Ann Chormanski, a faculty member of Miami Dade College, will pursue her Ph.D. in Plant Medicine at the University of Florida"
School: Miami Dade College


Cassandra Coleman

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Summer Scholarship in Field Botany
A candidate for a Masters degree at the University of Alabama, will be participating in field collection, identification, herbarium work and lab work in Ecuador and Alabama.
School: University of Alabama
Project location: Ecuador


Kyle Cooper

Category: Urban Forestry
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Zone VI Fellowship in Urban Forestry
A fourth-year student in a five-year landscape architecture program at Virginia Tech and has designed an independent program around the concepts of urban forestry and horticulture.
School: Virginia Tech


Alexis Doshas

Category: Conservation & Ecological Restoration
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Fellowship in Ecological Restoration
"The title of her research is Effects of biological soil crusts on germination and growth of key successional dune plants Deschampsia flexuousa and Myrica pennsylvanica on Cape Cod, Massachusetts."
School: Antioch University New England Massachusette College of Art


Keith Doucot

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Human-Environmental relationship
School: "Roger Williams University, University of Hawii"
Project location: Turkey


Ailene Kane Ettinger

Category: Urban Forestry
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Zone VI Fellowship in Urban Forestry
Has been working with the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation developing and implementing her research in conifer regeneration in urban forest fragments."
School: University of Washington


Peter Eyheralde

Category: Conservation & Ecological Restoration
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Fellowship in Ecological Restoration
"Ph.D. student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management at Iowa State University, will study the role of bison in a tallgrass prairie reconstruction."
School: University of Northern Iowa


Micah Freedman

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
"Majoring in Entomology and Plant Science.He hopes to be involved in a project in Columbia, focusing on plant and pollinator interactions in the indigenous plant Physalis peruviana."
School: Cornell University


Hannah Froehling

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
teaching environmental education and working towards completeion of wildlife fighting training.
School: College of Saint Benedict


Jillian Gall

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Summer Scholarship in Field Botany
"A sophomore at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine. Her program includes the study of geobotany of Deer Isle, plant-insect relations and ecosystem health."
School: College of the Atlantic


Christopher Gurney

Category: Desert Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Desert Studies
"A Masters candidate at UC Berkeley, will study the interaction of the giant kangaroo rat with the plant community within the Carriszo Plains."
School: Claremont McKenna College BA UC Berkeley MS


Basil V. Iannone III

Category: Urban Forestry
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Zone VI Fellowship in Urban Forestry
"Ph.D. student at the University of Illinois in Chicago. He is working on the forest preserve in the Chicago area, specifically, how forest remnant structure can help maintain buckthorn-free forests, a problem which has lasted for over thirty years."
School: University of Illinois


Faith Inman-Nahahari

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Catherine H. Beattie Fellowship in Conservation Horticulture
Ph. D. student. University of California, Los Angeles Faiths project, titled Regeneration Ecology of an Endangered Ecosystem: Tropical Dry Forest, focuses on the primary factors supporting forest regeneration including the endangered species within it.
School: University of California


Kimber Jones

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
"Will travel to southern Africa to learn in depth about the interdisciplinary approach Namibia has taken, with some success, to balancing environmental protection with the needs of people."
School: Rhodes College
Project location: Namibia Africa


Ryan Kalinowski

Category: Native Bird Habitat
Scholarship: The Frances M. Peacock Scholarship for Native Bird Habitat
"Masters Student at Humboldt State University in California, will spend a field season in the Sierra Nevadas investigating the habitats and resources necessary to sustain Great Grey Owls."
School: Humboldt State University


Esther Kirtman

Category: Urban Forestry
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Zone VI Fellowship in Urban Forestry
Studying resistance of urban riparian forest fragments to re-invasion by invasive honeysuckle.
School: Northern Kentucky University


Erika Kleibrink

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
"Plans to participate in Terra Verde 2011: Ecological Design in Scandinavia. Erika will be doing both coursework and field work, and travel to Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm, and Helsinki."
School: Cornell University


Andrew Koeser

Category: Urban Forestry
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Zone VI Fellowship in Urban Forestry
His work includes all the factors in urban tree planting including energy outputs associated with urban trees before being planted and assessing sequestration rates prior to full establishments.)
School: University of Illinois


Natalie Koncki

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Caroline Thorn Kissel Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
"Pursuing a Masters in Biology at Hofstra University and in New Jersey and New York. Specifically, she will model the effects of climate change on three southeast invasive aquatic plants."
School: Hotstra University MSUnion College BS


Joseph Layden

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Zeller Summer Scholarship in Medicinal Botany
His project will research the medicinal ethno botany of the Algonquin peoples and record the results into an accessible and comprehensive handbook.
School: College of the Atlantic


Marissa Lee

Category: Coastal Wetlands Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Coastal Wetlands Studies
"Ph.D. student in the Duke Univ. Program in Ecology, is studying the Microstegium vimineum, an invasive grass. One of the most problematic invaders in the Southeast and Midwest, it poses a serious threat to native species and wetlands. "
School: Duke University


Audra Locicero

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Elizabeth Gardner Norweb Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Audra will travel to Ireland to participate in the Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms program. She will work on a County Galway farm to gain first-hand experience with organic growing techniques and sustainable living.
School: New College of Florida


Molly MacLeod

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Caroline Thorn Kissel Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
"Ph.D. candidate at Rutgers University, will develop methods for restoring native bee pollinators on agricultural lands and, research how to bring the right plants to the right bees."
School: Marlboro College BSRutgers University


Margraret Mansfield

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Summer Scholarship in Field Botany
"She plans to study diversity and soil tissue relations of plants at Callahan Mine in Brooksville, Maine. The survey includes a vascular plant survey."
School: College of the Altantic-Human Ecology B.A.


Julia Mason

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Mary T. Carothers Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
"Through Operation Wallacea, Julia will work at four sites in Honduras, where she will provide research assistance in marine, terrestrial, and socio-economic projects."
School: Harvard College


Moana McClellan

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Awards in Tropical Botany
"University of Minnesota, St. Paul. Her research topic is How do land ownership and cioeconomic processes affect the state and fate of tropical dry secondary forests? A case study in Costa Rica. "
School: New College of Florida Bachelor of Art


Owen McDonough

Category: Coastal Wetlands Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Coastal Wetlands Studies
"His research is in the hydrology, structure and biogeochemical function of streams termittently linked to freshwater wetlands."
School: College of William & Mary B.S.


Elisa Meyer

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Summer Scholarship in Field Botany
"Senior at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. Her research will include field and laboratory identification of plants common to the upper Mississippi, with an emphasis on Illinois."
School: Augustana College


Melissa Miller

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Majoring in Horticulture with a minor in International Agriculture. Melissa traveled to Kenya in May for three weeks to teach new agricultural techniques to young people in order to help alleviate hunger through education
School: The Pennsylvania State University


Christine Moskell

Category: Urban Forestry
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Zone VI Fellowship in Urban Forestry
Is researching how urban forestry professionals can effectively engage low-income communities in urban forest stewardship.
School: Cornell University


Nicole Muise-Kielkucki

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
"Food Studies Masters program at Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA. Nicole intends to support and promote the creation of home and community gardens and assist small- scale farmers who are committed to sustainabil"
School: University of Pittsburgh


Brian Raftrey

Category: Conservation & Ecological Restoration
Scholarship: The Sara Shallenberger Brown Garden Club of America National Parks Conservation Scholarship
"Attends Whitman College in Washington, where he is concentrating his studies in Biology. He was a two-time Student Conservation Association (SCA) alumnus."
School: Whitman College


Michael Reder

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
"Pursuing a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture at Ohio State University, Columbus. Will travel to Europe this summer with the European Cities and Sustainable Urban Landscape"
School: "Ohio State University, BSA Kent University, BBA"
Project location: Europe


Sara Safransky

Category: Garden History & Design
Scholarship: The Douglas Dockery Thomas Fellowship in Garden History and Design
Her objective is to understand the major processes shaping agrarian redevelopment in Detroit and the socio-ecological effects of the increasing number of farms and gardens in Americas urban landscapes.
School: University North Carolina Ph.D


Kristen Sauby

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Catherine H. Beattie Fellowship in Conservation Horticulture
Ph.D. student, University of Florida, Gainsville. Kristens project will quantify the potential effect of the invasive South American Cactus Moth, Cactoblastis cactorum, on population trends of native Optunia. This proposal includes work of great importance to two imperiled species in Florida
School: University of Florida


Taza Schaming

Category: Native Bird Habitat
Scholarship: The Frances M. Peacock Scholarship for Native Bird Habitat
"Ph.D. student in Natural Resources at Cornell, will study the relationship between threatened Clarks Nutcrackers and White-bark Pines. These pines are undergoing a severe decline which is likely driving the decline of the nutcrackers that depend cri"
School: Cornell University Pd.DTufts University BS


Joshua Scholl

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
"He will study population and habitat of gopher tortoises and burrowing owls at the Preserve, and conduct field work in the Everglades and various other natural habitats in south Florida."
School: Florida Atlantic University


Robert Serafin

Category: Conservation & Ecological Restoration
Scholarship: The Sara Shallenberger Brown Garden Club of America National Parks Conservation Scholarship
Robert brings a wealth of outdoor leadership experience to the program and wishes to continue his conservation career and the bond that develops between people and the land.
School: The Evergreen State College


Rachel Silverstein

Category: Conservation & Ecological Restoration
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Fellowship in Ecological Restoration
She's focus on her research is Coral gardening: raising threatened staghorn corals in nurseries for reef restoration and investigating their resilience to environmental stress.
School: "University of Miami, RSMAS Columbia University,BA"


Hazel Stark

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Zeller Summer Scholarship in Medicinal Botany
"A senior at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, ME, with a concentration in Ethno botany, is researching the medicinal uses of fifty-one common plants found in Maine, representing twenty-seven plant families and over thirty native plants."
School: College of the Atlantic


Erin Stempinski

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
"Her thesis is based on a study of heavy metal toxicity in three species of Arabidopsis, a small annual weed that belongs to the mustard or crucifer family. She is looking at ways to clean up toxic pollution using plants"
School: Stephen F. Austin State University BS Miami University MS


Stephanie Stuber

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Corliss Knapp Engle Scholarship in Horticulture
"Masters of Professional Studies in Public Garden Leadership candidate at Cornell University, will study mosses at the Coastal Maine Botanic Gardens."
School: SUNY College of Environmental Science & Foresty


Alex Summers

Category: International Work & Study
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America and the Royal Horticultural Society Interchange Fellowships
The Royal Horticultureal Society Interchange Fellow


Lori Sutter

Category: Coastal Wetlands Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Coastal Wetlands Studies
Ph.D. student at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science at he College of William and Mary. Her work focuses on the mechanisms leading to transition in dominant plant species in response to rising sea levels.
School: BS: Texas A&M MEM: Duke University


Kim Thompson

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Awards in Tropical Botany
"Kims work is at ancient Mayan sites in Belize, where she is studying the Mayans methods of sustainable agroforestry. She is focusing on understanding the dispersal patterns of Manilkara zapota, a tropical fruit and timber tree "
School: "Thomas More College BA University of Cincinnati, MED"


Lauren Tuski

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
"Her major is Horticulture with a minor in Agribusiness. Lauren hopes to have a seed-to-plate venture on her familys 40-acre farm in Hadley, Michigan. "
School: Michigan State University


Susan Whitehead

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Awards in Tropical Botany
She is studying the Chemical ecology of seed dispersal in Neotropical pepper plants by short-tailed fruit bats in Costa Rica.
School: "Oberlin College, BA University of Colorado, Ph,D."


Sarah Wilkinson

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Caroline Thorn Kissel Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
"Masters program in Environmental Science and Forestry at the State University of New York, will study density and population changes for Eastern White-Tailed Deer."
School: State University of New York


Maria Williams

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Joan K. Hunt and Rachel M. Hunt Summer Scholarship in Field Botany
"Graduate student at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas, will conduct research at the universitys herbarium, where she will complete a botanical inventory of Cats-eye associates."


Marie Woodard

Category: Desert Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Desert Studies
"Ph.D. candidate at Arkansas State University, will study a method to control the invasive Cactus Borer."
School: Mississippi State University BA


Ellen Woods

Category: International Work & Study
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America and the Royal Horticultural Society Interchange Fellowships
The Royal Horticultural Society Interchange Fellow, Ellen, grew up in New Jersey and received her B.S. in Plant Sciences from Cornell University.  During her time in the United Kingdom, Ellen worked at various placements including the millennium See Bank Project, and was accepted into the Imperial College London to undertake an MSc in Conservation Science.


Narel Y. Zambrana

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Anne S. Chatham Fellowship in Medicinal Botany
Will use forest transect surveys and ethnobotanical interviews to explore factors influencing patterns of use of medicinal and edible palm species in portions of Peru and Bolivia.
School: Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
Project location: Peru and Bolivia


Grady Zuiderveen

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Mary T. Carothers Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Grady will run a molecular analysis of the common reed (Phragmites) and will seek to identify the importance of genotype in its distribution and abundance.
School: Grand Valley undergraduate


Jose Zuniga

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Awards in Tropical Botany
"Ph.D. student in Botany at Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA. He will study the systematics and biogeography of Sabiaceae, with emphasis on Meliosma, in Peru and Columbia, South America. "
School: Universidad de Coast Rica Claremont Graduate University


Sarah Alward

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
"Wants to connect underrepresented segments of society to nature, increase environmental stewardship through unique and innovative landscape design, and create sustainable designs through the use of native plants and low-impact design strategies."
School: Grinnell College - B.A. in Biology University of Michigan - M.LA.


Joshua Atwood

Category: Coastal Wetlands Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Coastal Wetlands Studies
Invasive plant ecology and evolutionary biology - Joshua's thesis is entitled Post-establishment evolution of non-native plant species in coastal wetland habitats: a test of the ERCA hypothesis.
School: "Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME - B.A. University of Rhode Island - Ph.D."


Wesley Beaulieu

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Anne S. Chatham Fellowship in Medicinal Botany
Will study Morning Glories and Ergot Alkaloids with plans to use multiple approaches to confirm the presence of fungi in other species.
School: Providence College - B.S. - BiologyIndiana Uaniversity - Ph.D. - Ecology & Evolutionary Biology


Matthew Berger

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
"A junior at West Virginia University majoring in Horticulture, wants to own a native plant nursery."
School: West Virginia University


Vanessa Boukili

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Awards in Tropical Botany
Will measure processes of recovery in naturally regenerating tropical forests by comparing traits between secondary tropical forests to those in mature forests.
School: "University of California, Berkeley - B.A. - Integrative BiologyUniversity of Connecticut - Ph.D"
Project location: Costa Rica


Eurgnio Cardenas

Category: Desert Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Desert Studies
His proposal outlines a novel way to measure seed size after germination and will investigate whether low water availability or seedling competition more strongly favors larger seeds.
School: "Centro de Estudios Superiores del Estada de Sonora - B.S. in Ecology, Hermasillo, Sonora, Mexico University of Arizona - Ph.D"


Carolyn Chesarino

Category: Garden History & Design
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Internship in Garden History and Design
Public History and Library Science with concentrations in Archives and Records Management
School: John Carroll University - B.A. North Carolina State University - M.A. University of North Carolina - M.S.L.S.
Project location: Smithsonian Archives of American Gardens


Elizabeth Craig

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Caroline Thorn Kissel Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Will study the carry-over effects of winter diet on Double-crested Cormorant using isotope analysis of feathers to determine winter foraging locations.
School: Columbia University - B.A. Cornell University - Ph.D. in Zoology
Project location: New York Harbor


Genevieve Croft

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Awards in Tropical Botany
Ecology and Evolution and Population Biology - Will investigate genetic and ecological relationships between wild and cultivated populations of a domesticated Neotropical fruit tree.
School: Georgetown University - B.S. Washington University - Ph.D.
Project location: "Mexico, Panama, Brazil and Bolivia"


Natalie Daniels

Category: International Work & Study
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America and the Royal Horticultural Society Interchange Fellowships
The Garden Club of America Interchange Fellow


Diana DelleChiaie

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Summer Scholarship in Field Botany
"Will pursue a five-month internship through the Conservation and Land Management Program, assisting professional staff at the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service and/or The U.S. Forest Service, in conducting field work."
School: Colby College - B.A. Biology: Neusoscience and Government
Project location: "Lakewood, Colorado"


Nancy Falxa-Raymond

Category: Urban Forestry
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Zone VI Fellowship in Urban Forestry
Urban Reforestation - Her research includes the comparison of nitrogen content and nitrate reduction in leaves and roots of young red oak in an urban and rural forest.
School: Stanford University - B.A.Columbia University - M.S.


Kate Fox

Category: Garden History & Design
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Internship in Garden History and Design
"Kate has practical experience in archival work and has had coursework in American women designers, including Beatrix Farrand and the women of the Lowthorpe School."
School: "Bennington College - B.A. Studio Art and American Literature Bard Graduate Center M.A. History of Decorative Arts, Design, Material Culture"
Project location: Internship in the AAG at the Smithsonian


Megan Gallagher

Category: Conservation & Ecological Restoration
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Fellowship in Ecological Restoration
Using 4 study sites to test her hypothesis that plants grown from local seeds are more adapted to their locales than non-local seeds & in the case of prairie restor. will result in more sustain. proj. for both the site & for surround. native habitat
School: Wellesley College - B.A.Northwestern University & Chicago Botanic Garden - M.S.
Project location: Western Minnesota


Jennifer Gorospe

Category: Garden History & Design
Scholarship: The Douglas Dockery Thomas Fellowship in Garden History and Design
"Her research will determine relationships between concentrations of heavy metals in garden soils and ethnicity, income level, and garden locations within San Francisco."
School: University of California Santa Cruz - B.A. Biology & Environmental Studies San Jose State University - M.A.
Project location: "San Francisco, CA"


Frank Grano

Category: Urban Forestry
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Zone VI Fellowship in Urban Forestry
"His interests center around plant health care, particularly the health of urban forests within arboretums."
School: PSU Mont Alto - Associates in Forest Technology Pennsylvania State University - B.A. in Urban Forestry


Fritz Haeg

Category: Landscape Architecture
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture
"Mr. Haeg works across a range of disciplines, well beyond the realm of achitecture. He has exhibited in museums around the world. His project is titled Roman Wilderness MMX: Urban Agriculture, Animal Architecture and Street Choreography."
School: Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture
Project location: "Rome, Italy"


Leanna Heffner

Category: Coastal Wetlands Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Coastal Wetlands Studies
"She is studying Coastal Marine Ecology, focusing on ecosystem response to human disturbances and efficacy and development of coastal management policy."
School: Vassar College - B.A.Graduate School of Oceanography - University of Rhode Island - Ph.D.


Amy Hinkle

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Hs experience working on her family's farm and hopes to turn it into a specialty cut flower farm after graduating.
School: Penn State University - B.S. in Horticultural Science


Cynthia Hong-Wa

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Awards in Tropical Botany
"She will be testing whether sympatric species are closely or distantly related, have similar or different morphologies, and occupy similar or different ecological niches, thus testing hypothesies of patterns of tropical plant diversification."
School: University of Antananarivo - Madagascar - Master University of Missouri - St. Louis -Master University of Missouri - St. Louis -Ph.D.
Project location: Madagascar


James Jones

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Catherine H. Beattie Fellowship in Conservation Horticulture
"Will analyze how mating system dynamics inform conservation strategies for the rare, riparian shrub Alnus maritima, the most hight disjunct distirbution of any tree species in North America."
School: "University of Oklahoma - B.S. Botany, Microbiology University of Oklahoma - M.S. Botany"


Eden Kinkaid

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Zeller Summer Scholarship in Medicinal Botany
"Eden will be a part of the Herbal Earthways Program where she will study herbalism, and receive instruction and practice in identifying, havesting, and using herbs and wild foods."
School: Ohio University - sophomore in the Environmental and Plant Biology Department


Andrew Koeser

Category: Urban Forestry
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Zone VI Fellowship in Urban Forestry
Andrew's project title is "How Green Are Urban Trees? Carbon Sources and Sinks from the Nursery to Carbon Neutrality."
School: University of Wisconsin - B.S. in Forestry University of Illinois - M.S. natural Resources and Environmental Science University of Illinois - Ph.D.


Yuliya Labko

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Joan K. Hunt and Rachel M. Hunt Summer Scholarship in Field Botany
Yuliya is studying population dynamics of invasive species and preservation of local forests.
School: Rider University - Sophomore with a concentration in Biology


Juliet Lamb

Category: Native Bird Habitat
Scholarship: The Frances M. Peacock Scholarship for Native Bird Habitat
"Will assess the effectiveness of controlled burning and fabric barriers for restoring tern nesting habitat, where Common and Roseate Terns were saved from eradication by intensive restoration efforts."
School: Harvard College - Bachelor's University of Massachusetts Amherst - M.S.
Project location: Gulf of Maine


Brenda Landhuis

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
She has started a small business designing garden beds in her hometown and hopes to expand her landscape business upon graduation.
School: Michigan State University - Senior with an adademic concentration in the field of landscape design and build.


Ashley Langer

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Mary T. Carothers Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Will study permaculture at Ecocentro IPEC (Instituto de Permacultura e Econvilas do Cerrado)
School: Northland College - Sophomore majoring in Environmental Chemistry
Project location: "Goias, Central Brazil"


Kennon Lorick

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
"Through her work experience in gardening and garden design, and her college education, she hopes to transform dull urban spaces into vibrant gardens where humans and nature are fully integrated and the lines betweem them blur."
School: Michigan State University - Senior Landscape Architecture


Casey Martinez

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Will conduct her summer research on the ecology and environmental sustainability of marine and coastal life.
School: Columbia University - Freshman - B.A.
Project location: Center for Enviornmental Res. and Cons. at the Earth Inst. of Columbia Univ. in the Dominican Repub.


Rachel Meyer

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Anne S. Chatham Fellowship in Medicinal Botany
Will explore the Diversity and Regulation of Phenolic Compounds found in Asian Heirloom Eggplant Varieties and Wild Relations.
School: University of Washington - Seattle - B.S. Plant Biology & B.A. Visual Art City University of New York - Ph.D. in Biology


Sarah Mincey

Category: Urban Forestry
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Zone VI Fellowship in Urban Forestry
"Her primary focus is to assess the influence of complex institutional dynamics on urban tree canopy, e.g., what instutional arrangements exist that affect the urban tree canopy."
School: Morehead State University - B.A. in English Inidana University - SPEA/M.P.A. & M.S.E.S. - Environmental Policy & Natural Resource Management


Ryan Moraski

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Elizabeth Gardner Norweb Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
"Research will focus on the effect of inbreeding & damage on a plant's production of volatile organic defense compounds and, in turn, the ecological impact of these compounds on attracting beneficial parasitoid insects to the plant."
School: Penn State University - Sophomore - B.S. in Biology with option in Plant Biology


Luka Negoita

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Summer Scholarship in Field Botany
Is focusing on field botany and ecology. Luka's summer program will be the study of vascular flora of Little Duck Island
School: College of the Atlantic - Junior
Project location: Maine


Katie Percy

Category: Native Bird Habitat
Scholarship: The Frances M. Peacock Scholarship for Native Bird Habitat
"In the Cumberland Mountains warbler stronghold, prescribed burning has restored needed habitat. Katie will monitor the warbler response to management actions including prescribed burning, further refining a conservatin strategy."
School: Louisiana State University - B.S. - Major: National Resource Ecology & Management Concentration: Conservation Biology University of Tennessee - M.S.


Mark Powers

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Loy McCandless Marks Scholarship in Tropical Horticulture
Will spend a semester at the Monteverde Cloud Forest in Costa Rica compiling a journal of tropical plants that have both ornamental and edible/useful qualities.
School: Senior at the College of Environment and Design at the University of Georgia
Project location: Costa Rica


Sylvia Schmeichel

Category: International Work & Study
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America and the Royal Horticultural Society Interchange Fellowships
The Royal Horticultureal Society Interchange Fellow


Elizabeth Stephens

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Catherine H. Beattie Fellowship in Conservation Horticulture
Will study five endangered herb species and two native herb species to assess the importance of seed and seedling dynamics in scrub habitat.
School: Dicksinson College - B.S. Purdue University - M.S. University of Central Florida - Ph.D.
Project location: "5,193 acre, globally-significant Archbold reserve in Highlands County, Florida"


Stephanie Stuart

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Awards in Tropical Botany
"She will test her hypothesis in three wet and three dry Australian forests, measuring functional traits addressing different aspects of plant function."
School: Harvard University - A.B. UC Berkeley - Ph.D. candidate in Integrative Biology


Caitlin Taylor

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
She aspires to start her own firm that specializes in sustainable practices.
School: Michigan State University - Senior majoring in Landscape Architecture


Talya Ten Brink

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Talya's goal is to bring the values of sustainability and environmental consciousness to underprivileged communities. She will study hyper-urban spaces for her career in Landscape Architecture.
School: "University of Washington's College of Built Environments - Honors Program, Bachelor's of Landscape Architecture Program"
Project location: Tokyo/Kobe/Awajishima Hyper-Urbanism Program


Rebecca Tonietto

Category: Conservation & Ecological Restoration
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Fellowship in Ecological Restoration
Will investigate effects of restoration on wild bees in 20 prairie sites. Results of her study will help prairie restoration to better support a diverse and abundant native bee community.
School: Kalamazoo College - B.A. Northwestern University - M.S. Northwestern University - Ph.D. Plant Biology and Conservation


Christopher Valencia

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
"Cristobal's research program, "Sustainable Nepal: Dreams and Designs," will probe the question of whether Nepal can leapfrog into a ecological and sustainable path."
School: Northwestern University - 2 yrs. Prescott College - Sophomore
Project location: Nepal


Schuyler Van Montfrans

Category: Coastal Wetlands Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Coastal Wetlands Studies
"Will focus on the relative importance & interaction of bottom-up physical stressors & top-down consumer effects on community sturcture & primary productivity in marine ecosystems, particularly salt marshes."
School: University of Virginia - B.A. in Biology University of Florida - Ph.D. Department of Biology


Simon Vecchioni

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
"Will conduct biodiversity fieldwork & environmental research. His goal is to conduct international health & environmental research, using the tools of anthropology to integrate local communities into the agenda for global environmental preservation."
School: Brown University - Freshman
Project location: Operation Wallacea's Indonesia Expedition 2010


Madalyn Watkins

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Will focus on community deveopment participating in a multidisciplinary project for developing and maintaining a community garden.
School: "University of Arkansas-Fayetteville - Sophomore majoring in Environmental, Soil and Water Science"
Project location: Near the city of Dangriga in Belize


Annalisa Weiler

Category: Conservation & Ecological Restoration
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Fellowship in Ecological Restoration
Is conducting experiments in former citrus groves to determine if current non-native vegetation structure limits native plant germination & establishment. Results will provide land managers iwth guidlines for restoring former citrus goves.
School: St. Cloud State University - A.A. University of Minnesota - B.S. - Biology University of Central Florida M.S. - Biology
Project location: Central Florida


Sophia Wen

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Will serve as an intern with the Foundation for Sustainable Development. Sophia will work on environmentally-related community development projects.
School: Harvard University - Sophomore


Cheryl Whritenour

Category: Coastal Wetlands Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Coastal Wetlands Studies
Her thesis is entitled Ecological Stoichiometry of the Salt Marsh: Si:N Ratio and Effects on the Lower Food Web.
School: SUNY ESF - B.S. SUNY ESF - M.S. SUNY ESF - Ph.D.


Erin Wiley

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Caroline Thorn Kissel Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
"Will focus on the effects of defoliation on Black Oak, monitoring defoliation's effect on tree growth and carbon reserves."
School: Universityof Michigan - B.S. University of Pennsylvania - Ph.D. in Biology
Project location: New Jersey Pine Barrens


Mohammad-Amir Aghaee

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Aquatic Ecology Will investigate the relationship of the Riberoria trematode to the snail Planorbella tenuis.
School: "University of California-Berkeley B.S. in Environmental Sciences, Genetics and Plant Biology - Minor: Forestry"


Joshua Bernard

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
"Political Science, Environmental Studies, Latin American Studies Will travel to Ecuador, as part of the International Scholars Program to administer the creation and passing of environmental legislation."
School: Brown University Sophomore - 2011
Project location: Ecuador


Rachel Beyer

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
"Organic Farming Aspires to be an agent of positive social change, possibly as the director of a nutrition project, food bank or dietician for the State Department. "
School: Michigan State UniversityMaster's candidate in Horticulture and Organic FarmingIndiana UniversityB.A. International Studies/Sociology


Matthew Bossler

Category: Desert Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Desert Studies
"Landscape Architecture Will study the need to reinvent existing flood control structure, but increasingly provide recreational habitat and other functions as capacity stabilizes or is reduced over time."
School: University of Arizona M.L.S. (Landscape Architecture) in progress Duke University B.A. Environmental Sciences & Policy B.S. Biology


Jared Brankamp

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Botany After graducation he has the opportunity to be a part owner of a start up nursery.
School: Agricultural Technical Institute Ohio State University Jujior with a double major in Botany and Nursery Management


Kevin Brindock

Category: Native Bird Habitat
Scholarship: The Frances M. Peacock Scholarship for Native Bird Habitat
"Wildlife Will study habitat selection of western snowy plovers during non-breeding season in Humboldt County, CA"
School: Humboldt State University M.Sc. - Wildlife Universityof North Carolina at Wilmington
Project location: "Humboldt County, CA"


Chelsea Clarke

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Science of Natural & Environmental Systems & Int'l. Agriculture Will live with a family in Tanziania attending a four week academic course followed by a 5 week internship in community delveopment focused on urban agriculture & community gardens.
School: Cornell Univesity Junior
Project location: Tanzania


Mac Cloyes

Category: Urban Forestry
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Zone VI Fellowship in Urban Forestry
Urban Forestry/Biomechanics Is studying the science of managing trees to maximize resistance to storm damage.
School: University of Massachusetts


Heidi Connahs

Category: Conservation & Ecological Restoration
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Fellowship in Ecological Restoration
Will evaluate the ecological resilience of improved Spartina alterniflora in marshes exposed to riverine forcing.
School: "Tulane University Ph.D. Candidate Brighton University, UK BSc Hons Forestry and Biological Sciences, Higher National Diploma -Forestry"


Prabhu Das

Category: Coastal Wetlands Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Coastal Wetlands Studies
Earth and Evironmental Sciences Will focus his study on the application of remote sensing and GIS in environmetnal impact assessment and procrssing satellite images and algorithm development.
School: University of New Orleans Ph.D. Candidate Utkal University Master of Philosophy Utkal University Master of Science Utkal University Bachelor of Science


Margaret Diddams

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Joan K. Hunt and Rachel M. Hunt Summer Scholarship in Field Botany
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Will conduct research related to the effects of climate change on tree growth in native versus invasive species across North America.
School: Rice University Junior - Graduates 12/09


Jane Dilley

Category: Urban Forestry
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Zone VI Fellowship in Urban Forestry
Urban Forestry & Public Policy Will study the public acceptance of tree planting and the influence of social marketing strategies on the success of tree planting programs.
School: University of WashingtonMaster's Candidate 2010Gustavus Adolphus CollegeBA Environmental Studies & Psychology 2000


James Doherty

Category: Coastal Wetlands Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Coastal Wetlands Studies
Botany Will research diversity and functioning in a Tijuana estuary salt marsh restortion.
School: University of Wisconsin-Madison Master's in Botany in progress Binghamton University B.S. in Biological Sciences
Project location: Mexico


Ashley DuVal

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Summer Scholarship in Field Botany
Economic Botany Will study efforts to domesticate and improve production of the ecai fruit in Brazil through genetics and a rural extension program.
School: Universityof California-Berkeley B.S. 2006 College of Natural Resources Yale School of Forestry Environmental Studies; Master's Candidate 2010


Taher Fatakdawala

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Biotechnology Will undertake a research project that addresses the urgent need for developing clean alternative energy sources by harnessing photosynthetic capabilities of microalgae.
School: Rutgers University B.S. Biotechnology 2010 Middlesex County College A.S. Chemistry 2007
Project location: George H. Cook Scholars Program


Lauren Frazee

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Caroline Thorn Kissel Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Biology & Spanish Will study the population genetic sturcture of the warm-season grass Andropogon virginicus (broomsedge) in its native and introduced ranges.
School: The College of New JerseyB.S. 2010
Project location: Eight week residentail Mentored Undergraduate Summer Experience (MUSE) at the College of New Jersey


Tobah Gass

Category: Desert Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Desert Studies
"Will trace the route of carbon compounds produced by trees, grasses and cacti into the soil under three levels of precipitation. She hopes to determine when semi-arid lands are at risk of permanent conversion to arid lands."
School: "Colorado State University Ph.D. Candidate UCLA MBA University of Idaho MS Harvard-Radcliffe Colleges, AB"


Ben Grady

Category: Desert Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Desert Studies
Plant Ecology & Systematics Will investiage the taxomonic distribution of edaphic endemism to lead to a better understanding of soil properties and the ecological variables they produce.
School: University of Wisconsin-Madison Ph.D. Candidate University of Northern Iowa Master of Science: Biology (Plant Systematics) University of Northern Iowa Bachelor ofArts: Biology: Ecology & Systematics


Robert Hammond

Category: Landscape Architecture
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture
His project "Along theTiber" will examine imaginative potentials for the best realistic use of the open space along the Tiber River. He will address the cross disciplinary process of beginning to plan for the vevitalization of the Tiber rivrfront.
School: President of the Highline Project in New York City had has served as its Exeutive Director since 1999.


Kaitlyn Hay

Category: Garden History & Design
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Internship in Garden History and Design
Art History & Visual Arts Will work in the Archives of American Gardens at the Smithsonian Institution and wil also develop a research project related to the archives.
School: Princeton University Junior B.A. in Art/Italian Certificate 2010
Project location: "AAG Washington, DC"


Jesse Hersh

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Summer Scholarship in Field Botany
"Field Botany/Landscape Interpretation Will attend a series of lectures and field trips entitled "National landscape Interpretation in Idaho, Oregon and California.""
School: Southern Oregon University Master's Candidate in Environmental Education/Botany University of California - Santa Barbara B.A. Physical Anthropology
Project location: "Idaho, Oregon, California"


Ryan Hoffman

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
"Landscape Horticulture and Design After gaining experience in the Green Industry, he hopes to own his own business."
School: Purdue University Senior


Melissa Islam

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Anne S. Chatham Fellowship in Medicinal Botany
"Systematics Will study the evolutionary history of the domesticated coca plant, find its closest wild relatives and trace the origin cocaine synthesis. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Will study the economic history of eco. useful trop. plants."
School: University of ColoradoPh.D. in progressColorado State UniversityM.S. in BotanyColorado State UniversityB.S. in Botany


Lea Johnson

Category: Conservation & Ecological Restoration
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Fellowship in Ecological Restoration
Urban Restoration Ecology Will investigate the long-term effects of ecological integrity restoration to urban forests overgrown by invasive species (bittersweet and porcelain berry).
School: Rutgers Univ. Ph.D. Candidate in Urban Restoration Ecology City College (CUNY) M.Ed. - Science Education New Mexico Highlands Univ. M.S. - Biology/Environmental Science & Management Univ. of New Mexico B.A. - Literature/Biology


Shane Johnston

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
"Entomology & Aquatic Ecology Will be working with the Kansas Biological Survey, Central Plains Center for Bio Assessment, initiated through the EPA, will be developing a more comprehensive water quality assessment of our nation's watersheds."
School: University of Kansas Junior


Lesley Joplin

Category: Garden History & Design
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Internship in Garden History and Design
Landscape Studies Will work in the Archives of American Gardens at the Smithsonian Institution. She will develop a research project realted to the Mystery Gardens Project.
School: Smith College Senior B.A.
Project location: "Washington, DC"


Mary Keppler

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Botany Hopes to work as an informal educator at a nature center or botanical garden.
School: Miami University M.A. in Botany Miami University B.A. in Botany


Ryan Klopf

Category: Conservation & Ecological Restoration
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Fellowship in Ecological Restoration
Restoration Ecology Will study whether above ground biodiversity affects recovery of belowground ecosystem fucntion.
School: "Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, IL Ph.D. Candidate in Plant Biology Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, IL M.S. Plant Biology 2007 The College of William and Mary B.S. Biology 2004"


Jason Lattier

Category: International Work & Study
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America and the Royal Horticultural Society Interchange Fellowships
The Garden Club of America Interchange Fellow


Alison Mannos

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Elizabeth Gardner Norweb Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
"Urban Planning & Asian American Studies Will be doing an internship at the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition. Under the guidance of the director, she will learn grant making, and GIS mapping and try to extend the bike trails in LA County."
School: "University of California, Los Angeles, CA Junior Los Angeles City College A.A."


Cecily Marshall

Category: International Work & Study
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America and the Royal Horticultural Society Interchange Fellowships
The Royal Horticultureal Society Interchange Fellow


Claire Menke

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Environmental Sciences Anthropology/Environmental Sciences/Ecotourism The Effeect of Uneven Trail Usage on Bird Species of the Madre de Dios Region of Peru. Will continue an independent research project on rainforest ecoogy.
School: Stanford University Junior B.A. in Anthropology
Project location: Tambopata River Basin of Madre de Dios region of Peru


Annika Moe

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Awards in Tropical Botany
Tropical Ecology Will conduct controlled cross-pollination experiments among closely related species of new Guinea figs in order to assess the reproductive consequences of pollinator mistakes.
School: "Universityof Minnesota Ph.D. Candidate in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior Hendrix Colege BA - Biology 2004 "


Jennifer Navarra

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Catherine H. Beattie Fellowship in Conservation Horticulture
Plant Ecology Will study "Species composition and spatial-temporal pattern of the soil seed bank along gradient of disturbance in Florida rosemary scrub."
School: University of Central Florida M.S. Candidate University of Central Florida B.A.


Joanna Nelson

Category: Coastal Wetlands Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Coastal Wetlands Studies
Estuarine Ecology and Global Change Will research the combined effects of sea level rise and anthropogenic nitrogen additions in California Coastal estuaries and on cooperative managementof natural resources.
School: University of California-Santa Cruz Ph.D. Candidate Standord University M.S. Earth Systems Program 1999 B.S. Earth Systems Program 1997
Project location: "Elkhorn Slough, CA"


Daniel Piotto

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Awards in Tropical Botany
"Tropical Forest Ecology Will investigate how proximity to old growth forest affects structure, composition, dispersal and recruitment to secondary forests. "
School: Yale University Ph.D. Candidate Yale University Master of Philosophy 2008 Yale University Master of Forestry 2006 Catie (Costa Rica) Master of Science 2001 UNESP (Brazil) B.S. Forestry Engineering 1998


Hannah Pullman

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Ecology She wil study old growth versus new growth forest and vernal pools and the effects of different habitats on amphibians.
School: University of Rochester Junior
Project location: University of Rochester woodlands


Beyte Roque

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Catherine H. Beattie Fellowship in Conservation Horticulture
Plant Ecology Her project will focus on "A habitat and reproductive study of the Pineland Allamanda (Angadenia berteroi) Apocynaceae."
School: "Florida International University Ph.D. Candidate Florida International University Master's in Biology Unaiversity of Havana, Cuba Bachelor in Science of Biology"


Brad Ruhfel

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Awards in Tropical Botany
"System. Botany His res. will prod. a phylogeny for the Clusiaceae, & will use this res.to pres. a rev. class. of the group & invest. patterns of biogeorgraphy to test if this curr. dist. is due to cont. drift or more recent long dist. disp. events." Current Position:
School: Harvard UniversityPh.D. CandidateUniversity of MichiganMaster's - 2005Eastern Michigan Univ ersityBachelor's - 1998. Assistant Professor and Curator of the Eastern Kentucky University Herbarium.


Mark Sandberg

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Landscape Architecture Believes "a career in landscape architecture can help set a new standard across the nation where nature is a priority in community development."
School: Ball State UniversityJuniorOakland University


Sarah Schillawski

Category: Coastal Wetlands Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Coastal Wetlands Studies
"Marine Science Will study the processes responsible for the input and fate of terrestrial soil-deprived organic carbon, notrogen and phosphorus from watersheds to estuaries and coastal wetland systems."
School: "Virginia Institute of Marine Science Ph.D. Candidate University of Massachusetts, Amherst M.S. - Georsciences 2007 Bryn Mawr College B.A. - Geology 2000"


James Schissel

Category: Garden History & Design
Scholarship: The Douglas Dockery Thomas Fellowship in Garden History and Design
"Landscape Architecture Will research the noted 19th century horticulturist Thomas Affleck, specifically focusing on Affleck's place in the development of the southern landscape."
School: "University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Ph.D. Candidate Louisiana State University M.L.A. University of Southern Mississippi M.A. Millsaps College B.A."


Megan Starr

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Environ. Sci. & Public Policy/Climate Chanage Will explore how gov. can create effect. climate chg. mitigation policy by implement. eco. incent. that will spur bus. to become cleaner & more sustain. thru practices that will reduce their emissions.
School: Harvard University Expected to graduate in June 2010 with a B.A. in Environmental Science and Public Policy
Project location: Marine Resource Management Turks and Caicos Islands


Micah Stevens

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Horticulture Hopes to work in a botanical garden or arboretum.
School: University of Kentucky Senior - Horticulture/Plant & Soil Science


Allison Stewart

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Environmental Stueies & Anthropology Will conduct an independent research of Apiculture and bees with particular focus on Colony Collapse Syndrome (CCS).
School: Macalester College Sophomore


Brian Tavernia

Category: Native Bird Habitat
Scholarship: The Frances M. Peacock Scholarship for Native Bird Habitat
Biology Will study acoustic habitat degradation and investigate whether traffic noise degrades habit for wetland birds.
School: Tufts University Ph.D. Candidate - 2010 Muhlenberg College B.S. in Biology - 2004


Zoe Teague

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
"Sustainable Agriculture Will focus on how weather events impact farming, including methods to efficiently rehabilitate farms and minimize weather related loss."
School: "University of Arkansas Junior - Environmental Soil, Water Science and Agribusiness "
Project location: University of Arkansas Summer Community Development Program in Belize


Tara Trammel

Category: Urban Forestry
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Zone VI Fellowship in Urban Forestry
Urban Ecology/(Ecosystem) - Urban Forestry Will continue her studies in the use of highway corridors & stable carbon & nitrogen isotope techniques to determine the path & source of these elements in trees along hwy. corridors.
School: University of Louisville


Amanda Wendt

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Awards in Tropical Botany
Tropical Forest Ecology Will attend a summer course in Tropical Plant Systemics offered by the Org for Tropical Studies & taught in Costa Rica. Will focus on remnant tree community effects on tent-rooting fruit bats in secondary tropical forests.
School: The Evergreen State College B.S. Kirkwood Community College A.A. University of Connecticut Ph.D
Project location: Northeastern Costa Rica


Emily Wier

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Mary T. Carothers Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
"Ecology Will conduct biology research at Tufts, concentrating on the best pollinator species to be planted on green roofs."
School: Tufts University B. A. Biology - May 2010


Pamela Young

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Zeller Summer Scholarship in Medicinal Botany
Botany Will conduct field research on Chinese plants in Taiwan.
School: University of Missouri - St. Louis Junior - Biology
Project location: Taiwan


Selena Ahmed

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Anne S. Chatham Fellowship in Medicinal Botany
"Biology/Plant Sciences Will explore the relationship between the management of tea systems and biodiversity at landscape, species, and genetic levels."
School: "Barnard College, Columbia University BA University of Kent at Canterburey, UK MsC Institute of Economic Botany, New York Botanical Garden Ph.D in progress"
Project location: "Yunnan, China"


Emma Aronson

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Caroline Thorn Kissel Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Biogeochemistry/Global Climate Studies The Effects of Environmental Parameters on Nature Flux
School: "McGill University, Montreal, Canada B.Sc. University of Pennsylvania Ph.D in progress"
Project location: New Jersey


Rebecca Bakker

Category: Urban Forestry
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Zone VI Fellowship in Urban Forestry
Will research drought-tolerant species for urban areas and strategies for water delivery to trees in towns and cities.
School: Temple University
Project location: Morris Arboretum


Carina Baskett

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Mary T. Carothers Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
"Ecology Will study how invasive species affect pollination of a native threatened flower, Pitcher's Thistle, Cirsium pitcheri."
School: Rice University BS
Project location: "Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park, Great Lakes, MI"


Megan Bjella

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Environmental Studies (major) Geology and Government (minors)
School: Macalester College B.A. (transferred) Lawrence University B.A.
Project location: "From the Ground UP Appleton, WI"


Larry Brouillette

Category: Desert Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Desert Studies
Physiological Ecology Variation in Neutral Markers & Quantitative Traits in Helianthus anomalus
School: Millsaps College B.S. University of Georgia M.S. University of Georgia Ph.D in progress


Zachary Brym

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Summer Scholarship in Field Botany
"Botany, Theoretical Ecology Functional Trait Analysis of Invasive Autumn Olive"
School: University of Michigan Senior
Project location: University of Michigan's ES George Preserve


Jessica Brzyski

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Catherine H. Beattie Fellowship in Conservation Horticulture
"Conservation Biology Will work on a study of "Genetic Variation and Breeding Ecology of the Rare Plant, Spiraea virginiana.""
School: SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry B.S. Georgia Southern University M.S. University of Cincinnati Ph.D in progress


Erica Capuana

Category: Conservation & Ecological Restoration
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Fellowship in Ecological Restoration
Terrestrial Ecology Assessment of Riparian Conditions
School: University of Rochester B.S. Western Wahsington University M.S. in progress
Project location: The Noonksake River Basin


Weilin Chen

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
"Ecological Research Evaluating Hikers' Impact on Vegetation, Wolong Panda Reserve"
School: Drury University Sophomore
Project location: China


Brett Ciccotelli

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
"Plant Ecology Taxonomy, Phenology, and Ecology of the Flora of Vernal Pools "
School: College of the Atlantic Junior
Project location: "Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, ME"


Mary Feist

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Catherine H. Beattie Fellowship in Conservation Horticulture
Botany Will work on a study that will involve both molecular and morphological data to ascertain whether Ptilimnium nodosum might actually represent three distinct species.
School: "University of Cincinnati The College of Wooster University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Ph.D in progress"


Michael Fitzsimons

Category: Conservation & Ecological Restoration
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Fellowship in Ecological Restoration
Microbial Ecology Ecological restoration of soil microbial communities; how & whether to manage mycorrhizal fungal community compostion following plant restoration.
School: University of Wisconsin-Madison B.S. University of Chicago M.S. & Ph.D in progress


Katharine Gerst

Category: Desert Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Desert Studies
Plant Reproductive Ecology
School: University of California B.S. University of Arizona Ph.D in progress
Project location: Mating System Ecology and Evolution in Camissonia


Sarah Gillig

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Environmental Science
School: Duke Marine Lab (Summer Session) - 2 credits Wesleyan University Junior
Project location: Block Island Foraminifera and Sea Level Rise


Candace Grand Pre

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Caroline Thorn Kissel Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Sea Level Change
School: Franklin & Marshall College B.A. East Carolina University M.S. University of Pennsylvania Ph.D in Progress
Project location: "Late Holocene Relative Sea-Level Change in the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, NJ"


Steven Haba

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
"Crop Science, Floriculture Hopes to start a wholesale business propagating for the green industry."
School: Ohio State Agricultural Technical InstituteAssociateThe Ohio State UniversitySenior


Hope Hasbrouck

Category: Landscape Architecture
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture
Landscape Architecture Interpreting Cultural Landscape through Prospect and Passage
School: Washington University in Saint Louis B.A. University of Virginia MARCH Harvard University MLA
Project location: Rome


Yongjun Heo

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Zeller Summer Scholarship in Medicinal Botany
Biology and Public Policy Researching Traditional Pemon Healing Practices
School: Swarthmore College Junior
Project location: "Uriman, Gran Sabana, Venezuela"


Brian Hughes

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
"Landscape Architecture, Sustainable Design and Planning Will participate in a ten week grogram entitled "Sustainable Futures 2008" that will deepen his knowledge of sustainability issues in the field of landscape architecture."
School: University of Maryland Junior Bachelor of Landscape Architecture in Progress
Project location: "Monteverde Institute, Costa Rica"


Melissa Islam

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Awards in Tropical Botany
"Systematics Will study the evolutionary history of the domesticated coca plant, find its closest wild relatives and trace the origin cocaine synthesis. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Will study the economic history of eco. useful trop. plants."
School: University of Colorado Ph.D. in progress Colorado State University M.S. in Botany Colorado State University B.S. in Botany


David Jakim

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Joan K. Hunt and Rachel M. Hunt Summer Scholarship in Field Botany
Environmental Geochemical Science Field Botany & Habitat Mapping for Local Land Use Decision Making
School: State University of New York (SUNY) New Paltz Junior
Project location: "New Paltz and Highland in Ulster County, New York"


Tracey Johnson

Category: Native Bird Habitat
Scholarship: The Frances M. Peacock Scholarship for Native Bird Habitat
Fisheries & Wildlife Science Will Study the Influence of Livestock Grazing Intensity on Grassland-Breeding Bird Habitat Quality
School: Texas A&M University B.S. Kansas State University M.S. Oregon State University Ph.D in Progress


Elizabeth Kalies

Category: Conservation & Ecological Restoration
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Fellowship in Ecological Restoration
"Ecological Restoration/Wildlife Ecology Will study the effects that the ecological restoration of SW ponderosa pine forests has on the composition, sturcture, &functions of the small mammal community."
School: Cornell University B.S. Yale University M.S. Northern Arizona University Ph.D in Forest Science


Melissa Kendall

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Biology with Ecology Concentration - Natural Resource Management/Sustainable Development Will participate in an internship and collect data for ecosystem monitoring and conservation.
School: Rutgers University Camden College of Arts and Sciences - Honors College B.A. in Progress
Project location: Central Caribbean Marine Institute on Little Cayman Island


Evan Keto

Category: Urban Forestry
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Zone VI Fellowship in Urban Forestry
"Forestry Will study how the composition of trees in parking lots is affected by landscaping ordinances, development patterns, and green building standards."
School: North Carolina State University


Andrew Lala

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
"Landscape Architecture Examination of Urban Parks, Gardens, Pedestrian Spaces and Housing in Munich and Berlin."
School: "University of Maryland, College Park Junior in Progress"
Project location: Germany


Brandon List

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Landscape Architecture He and 21 LArch classmates will travel to Europe to spend several months immersed in the culture and landscape of 7 countries.
School: "Michigan State University Senior, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture in Progress"
Project location: Europe


Jennifer Mack

Category: Garden History & Design
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Internship in Garden History and Design
Museum Studies Will pursue her interest in how gardens can fit into the changing enviornment of the 21st century museum.
School: Indiana University Bloomington B.A. Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis M.A. in Progress
Project location: "AAG, Washington, DC"


Claire Menke

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Elizabeth Gardner Norweb Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Environmental Sciences Anthropology/Environmental Sciences/Ecotourism The Effeect of Uneven Trail Usage on Bird Species of the Madre de Dios Region of Peru. Will continue an independent research project on rainforest ecoogy.
School: Stanford University Junior B.A. in Anthropology
Project location: Tambopata River Basin of Madre de Dios region of Peru


Edward J. Miles

Category: International Work & Study
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America and the Royal Horticultural Society Interchange Fellowships
GCA Interchange Fellow. He is from Edinburgh, Scotland, graduated from the Welsh College of Horticulture and is currently at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh and the Scottish Agricultural College, BSc (Hons) Horticulture and Plantsmanship. He will study further in horticulture at Cornell University,NY.


Kimberly Oellerich

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Horticulture Internships at EPCOT in 2007 and at Longwood Gardens in 2008. Interested in public horticulture as a career.
School: Sussex County Community College - summer 2006 classes Pennsylvania State University B.S. in Progress


Lisa Offringa

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Anne S. Chatham Fellowship in Medicinal Botany
"Medicinal Ethnobotany Will study the medicinal plants in Northern Thailand that are used to treat neurological disorders, primarily Alzheimer's."
School: George Mason University BS San Francisco State University Post-baccalaureate Universty of New York Ph.D. in Progress
Project location: Northern Thailand


Benjamin Plourde

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Summer Scholarship in Field Botany
Will study the tropical rainforests. His project is entitled "Life History and Wood Specific Gravity of Secondary Forest Trees."
School: University of Connecticut Junior - B.S. in Progress in Biological Science and Physics
Project location: La Selva Biological Station in Cost Rica.


Susan Mattke Robinson

Category: International Work & Study
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America and the Royal Horticultural Society Interchange Fellowships
The Royal Horticultureal Society Interchange Fellow


Lara Roman

Category: Urban Forestry
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Zone VI Fellowship in Urban Forestry
"2007 - Will study the influence of urban soils on tree health & mortality by monitoring street trees and analyzing soils. 2008 - Will monitor the health & mortality of street trees in the San Francisco Bay area, describing soil conditions."
School: University of California
Project location: "Oakland, California (2007) San Francisco, California (2008)"


Amber Roth

Category: Native Bird Habitat
Scholarship: The Frances M. Peacock Scholarship for Native Bird Habitat
Forest Science Golden Winged Warbler Habitat Conservation from Wisconsin to Colombia
School: University of Wisconsin-Madison M.S. & B.S. Michigan Technological University Ph.D in Progress


Michael Sanchez

Category: Garden History & Design
Scholarship: The Douglas Dockery Thomas Fellowship in Garden History and Design
"Landscape Architecture, Garden History, Art"
School: University of Oregon Master's candidate in Landscape Architecture Califonria Polytechnic State University B.S.
Project location: California Mission: Portraying the Gardens of La Purisima and Santa Barbara


Rachel Schmidt Jabaily

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Awards in Tropical Botany
Botany Her project will examine the evolution and conservation implications of monocarpic and polycarpic life histories.
School: University of Wyoming B.S. University of Wisconsin-Madison Ph.D in Progress
Project location: Puya (Bromeliaceae)


Douglas Schuster

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
"Greenhouse Production and Management After experience in the field, he will return home to Elyria, Ohio to help imporve and expand the family greenhouse business."
School: Agricultural Technical Institute of Ohio State University Senior


Alicia Smith

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Summer Scholarship in Field Botany
"Forest Ecology Will intern at the Powdermill Natural Reserve perfoming field work, collecting vegetation data and representative photos on the vegetation."
School: North Carolina State University B.S. in Progress
Project location: "Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Rector, PA"


Ryan St. George

Category: Coastal Wetlands Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Coastal Wetlands Studies
"Marine Biology Will conduct a comparative evaluation of freshwater mitigation wetlands using chironomid pupal exuviae, a potential technique for assessing mitigation success."
School: University of Rhode Island B.S. Nova Southeastern University M.S. in Progress
Project location: "Broward County, Florida"


Megan Starr

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Environ. Sci. & Public Policy/Climate Chanage Will explore how gov. can create effect. climate chg. mitigation policy by implement. eco. incent. that will spur bus. to become cleaner & more sustain. thru practices that will reduce their emissions.
School: Harvard University Expected to graduate in June 2010 with a B.A. in Environmental Science and Public Policy
Project location: Marine Resource Management Turks and Caicos Islands


Nathan Swenson

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Awards in Tropical Botany
Ecology and Evolution His project is designed to test whether plant-herbivore interactions are critical to determing the co-existence of tree species in a Costa Rica dry forest community.
School: St. Olaf College B.A. New Mexico State University M.Sc. University of Arizona Ph.D in Progress
Project location: Costa Rica


Kathryn Theiss

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Awards in Tropical Botany
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Her project will examine the effects of habitat fragmentation on two species of Malagasy Orchids.
School: Willamette University B.A. University of Connecticut Ph.D. in Progress


Eileen Thorsos

Category: Coastal Wetlands Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Coastal Wetlands Studies
"Will research plant species' functional effects, including their roles in wetland biogeochemistry, as well as how we can draw on the ecosystem they provide."
School: Swarthmore College B.A. in Biology & B.A. in Linguistics Duke University Ph.D Candidate in Ecology
Project location: North Carolina


Tara Trammel

Category: Urban Forestry
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Zone VI Fellowship in Urban Forestry
Urban Ecology/(Ecosystem) - Urban Forestry Will continue her studies in the use of highway corridors & stable carbon & nitrogen isotope techniques to determine the path & source of these elements in trees along hwy. corridors.
School: University of Louisville


Teresa Trego

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Zeller Summer Scholarship in Medicinal Botany
Horticulture/Environmental Studies Will be developing a medicinal plant community garden in the Northern liberties section of Philadelphia.
School: North America College of Botanical Medicine Certified in advanced Herbal medicine Temple University Amber Junior
Project location: Northern Liberties Medicinal Plant Restoratin Project Philadelpha


Emily Vogler

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
"Landscape Architecute She is in the second year of the LArch graduate program at the university of Pennsylvania. Her focus is on innovative design solutions for a more just, creative, and sustainable land use system."
School: University of New Mexico B.A. in Environmental Design University of Pennsylvania MLA


Emily Warschefsky

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Zeller Summer Scholarship in Medicinal Botany
"Ethnobotany, Ethnomedicine Will be taking a course in Amazonian Ethnobotany and a course that will draw on ethnobotanical, ethnopharmacological and ethnomedicinal knowledge of local shamans, herbalists, and doctors."
School: Montcalm Community College Hope College Reed College Junior
Project location: Andes and Amazon Field School Santo Urcu Educador


Amanda Wendt

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Summer Scholarship in Field Botany
Tropical Forest Ecology Will attend a summer course in Tropical Plant Systemics offered by the Org for Tropical Studies & taught in Costa Rica. Will focus on remnant tree community effects on tent-rooting fruit bats in secondary tropical forests.
School: The Evergreen State College B.S. Kirkwood Community College A.A. University of Connecticut Ph.D
Project location: Northeastern Costa Rica


Kristin Wilson

Category: Coastal Wetlands Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Coastal Wetlands Studies
Ecology and Environmental Sciences Will continue research linking eco-physical characteristics of salt pools to spatial patterns of salt marsh surficial change over the past four decades.
School: Middlebury College B.A. University of Maine M.S. University of Maine Ph.D in Progress
Project location: Five Maine salt marshes


Lisa Young

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Elizabeth Gardner Norweb Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Will learn and conduct field studies to help manage sustainable development issues in Costa Rica's National Parks through the School for field Studies in Costa Rica.
School: Boise State University Junior in Progress for B.S. in Chemistry


Melanie Barnes

Category: Conservation & Ecological Restoration
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Fellowship in Ecological Restoration
School: University of New Mexico


Trina Bayard

Category: Native Bird Habitat
Scholarship: The Frances M. Peacock Scholarship for Native Bird Habitat
Avian Ecology Testing the role of social cues in Habitat Selection Behavior
School: Lewis and Clark College BA Biology University of Connecticut Graduate Student


Azure Bevington

Category: Coastal Wetlands Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Coastal Wetlands Studies
School: "Virginia Institute of Marine Science, School of Marine Science, College of William & Mary"


Jonathan Breton

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
School: University of Massachusetts/Dartmouth


Emily Brioch

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Environmental Policy and the Textile Industry
School: University of Pittsburgh


Kelly Caruso

Category: Native Bird Habitat
Scholarship: The Frances M. Peacock Scholarship for Native Bird Habitat
Intends to apply her and her colleagues' experience with Golden-winged Warblers nesting ecology and habitat management to develop a conservation stratedgy for the Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee.
School: University of Tennessee MS Graduate Student
Project location: Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee


Melissa Caspary

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Catherine H. Beattie Fellowship in Conservation Horticulture
"Will determine emerging threats to southeastern Piedmont granite rock outcrop lant communities and clarify how these threats are changing the plant community composition, stucture and function."
School: University of Georgia Graduate Student


Carrie Christensen

Category: Garden History & Design
Scholarship: The Douglas Dockery Thomas Fellowship in Garden History and Design
Will study the history of the historic Stark Brothers Orchard in Sleeping Bear Dunes Natioanl Park
School: University of Minnesota/Minneapolis Master's Candidate in Landscape Architecture
Project location: "North Manitou Island, Michigan"


Sarah Conlin

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Will study the effects of temperature on the thermal physiology of Colorado River cutthroat trout fish.
School: University of Florida Junior


Kerri Crawford

Category: Conservation & Ecological Restoration
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Fellowship in Ecological Restoration
"Will study the combined effects of high species diversity and high genetic diversity on increasing the stability and functioning of an ecosystem, specifically the Great Lakes sand dunes in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Seashore."
School: Rice University PhD Candidate in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Project location: Michigan


Jessa Davis

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Zeller Summer Scholarship in Medicinal Botany
"Will do an ethnobotanical survey of traditional, indigenous remedies for malaria in a swamp community in Northern Kenya."
School: St. Lawrence University Junior in Biology/Anthropology
Project location: Northern Kenya


Jillian De Gezelle

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Anne S. Chatham Fellowship in Medicinal Botany
Ethnobotany Project: Phytoestrogens and the treatment of estrogen related conditions among the Maya.
School: Reed College BA Biology CUNY Graduate Center Ph.D. Plant Sciences
Project location: Belize


David Droppers

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Mary T. Carothers Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Environmental & Conservation Biology 2006 - North Cascades Institute Summer Seminar on Butterflies. 2007 - Will study the distribution of butterflies using GIS/GPS.
School: University of Washington-Seattle BS (2009)
Project location: "Seattle, Washington Stehekin, Washington"


John Eastman

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Horticulture Plans a career in designing and building residential landscapes.
School: Michigan State University Graduate 2007


Kelby Fite

Category: Urban Forestry
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Zone VI Fellowship in Urban Forestry
Urban Forestry Studying the benefits of several practices for ameliorating urban soil conditions and enhancing urban tree performance.
School: Clemson University
Project location: "South Carolina, Boston and Pittsburgh"


Kelsey Glennon

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Catherine H. Beattie Fellowship in Conservation Horticulture
School: George Washington UniversityGraduate Student/Ph.D. Candidate


Steven Haba

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
"Crop Science, Floriculture Hopes to start a wholesale business propagating for the green industry."
School: Ohio State Agricultural Technical InstituteAssociateThe Ohio State UniversitySenior


Katherine Higgins

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Anne S. Chatham Fellowship in Medicinal Botany
Tropical Ecology Tropical fungal endophytes as sources of novel bioactive compounds.
School: University of Utah Ph.D. Candidate Duke University B.Sc 2005


Jessica Hines

Category: Coastal Wetlands Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Coastal Wetlands Studies
"Salt Marsh Community Ecology Will Study the influence of detritivore diversity on wetland ecosystem function as well as on the ability of predators to exert top-down control on decomposition, production and herbivore abundance."
School: University of Maryland Ph.D. Candidate December 2007 in Entromology University of Maryland MS December 2004 in Entromology Wake Forest University BS 1999 in Biology


Nathaniel Hough-Snee

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Elizabeth Gardner Norweb Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
"Will be a part of a Renewable Energy Working Party, establishing a reparian buffer zone around the shoreline of Lake Omapere."
School: University of Washington/Seattle Junior
Project location: New Zealand


Emily Howe

Category: Coastal Wetlands Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Coastal Wetlands Studies
Will evaluate food web connectivity in two adjacent estuaries of contrasting physical dynamics.
School: "School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington \Ph.D. Candidate"


Dan Jerke

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Developing a Vertiebrate Monitoring Program
School: Cornell University
Project location: "Hudson River Valley, Eastern New York"


Timothy Joice

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Plans to pursue environmentally conscious and sustainable design.
School: University of Kentucky Senior in Landscape Architecture Program


Monica Krause

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Awards in Tropical Botany
Plant Systematics Will use the species-rich genus Anthurium (ca.800 Neotropical species) as a model to understand evolutionary patterns and the development of plant diversity.
School: University of Missouri - St. Louis PhD Candidate


Daniel Leighton

Category: International Work & Study
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America and the Royal Horticultural Society Interchange Fellowships
The Garden Club of America Interchange Fellow


Kevi Mace

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Summer Scholarship in Field Botany
"Will participate in the 2007 Bio Blitz. She will sort, edentify and catalogue plants with university botantiists to produce a final report."
School: Wesleyan University Senior
Project location: "Middletown, CT"


Kathryn McDavid

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Horticulture Will pursue a Master's and Ph.D. in Horticulture at Penn State University with a focus on tissue culture research. She plans to teach at the university level.
School: Penn State University


Jack McGlasson

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Landscape Architecture Program
School: University of Kentucky


Karen Mitchell

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Horticulture Intends to develop an apple orchard on inherited land.
School: Purdue University


Sarah Mittlefehldt

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Caroline Thorn Kissel Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
"Will conduct her dissertation research on the social and environmental history of the Appalachian Trail, focusing on one case study in New Jersey."
School: University of Wisconsin/Madison Ph.D. Candidate
Project location: New Jersey


Marshall Morales

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
"Will participate in a Permaculture Internship in Portland and a Design Course in Orcas island, Washington."
School: Swarthmore College


Ari Novy

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Caroline Thorn Kissel Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Ph.D. candidate, Rutgers University, will evaluate the population structure of the endangered plant swamp pink  (Helonius bullata) in the New Jersey Pine Barrens and Morris County. 


Evreda Rice

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Will study the development and implementation of a sustainable farm.
School: University of Arkansas Sophomore
Project location: "Dangriga, Belize"


Lara Roman

Category: Urban Forestry
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Zone VI Fellowship in Urban Forestry
"2007 - Will study the influence of urban soils on tree health & mortality by monitoring street trees and analyzing soils. 2008 - Will monitor the health & mortality of street trees in the San Francisco Bay area, describing soil conditions."
School: University of California
Project location: "Oakland, California (2007) San Francisco, California (2008)"


Alicia Russell

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Horticulture (esp. fruit culture and green roofs) Hopes to teach after earning her Ph.D.
School: Michigan State University Senior


Ashley Russell

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Joan K. Hunt and Rachel M. Hunt Summer Scholarship in Field Botany
Will study the problem of aluminum toxicity and its effects on both trees and plants in Costa Rica.
School: University of California - Irvine Senior
Project location: Costa Rica


Andrew Sudling

Category: International Work & Study
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America and the Royal Horticultural Society Interchange Fellowships
The Royal Horticultureal Society Interchange Fellow


Lisa Switkin

Category: Landscape Architecture
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture
"Will study effects and influences of "Monument Landscapes" and their associated territory, on planning, initiatives and the growth of the development of Rome."


Jennifer L. Thomas

Category: Garden History & Design
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Internship in Garden History and Design
"Will work in the Archives of American Gardens at the Smithsonian Institution and research the work of Jane Silverstein Ries, landscape architect."


Jason Townsend

Category: Native Bird Habitat
Scholarship: The Frances M. Peacock Scholarship for Native Bird Habitat
Intends to investigate patterns of mercury accumulation in Bicknell's Thrushes.
School: College of Environmental Science and Forestry State University of New York
Project location: Catskill Mountains of New York


Lisa Uddin

Category: Garden History & Design
Scholarship: The Douglas Dockery Thomas Fellowship in Garden History and Design
"Visual and Cultural Studies Will investigate zoological gardens of the 1960's and 1970's which increasingly embraced the design of expansive, naturalistic and multi-species habitats."
School: "University of Rochester Ph.D. Candidate, Graduaate Program in Visual and Cultural Studies Concordia University, Montreal MA 2002 McGill University, Montreal BA 1996"


Joseph Veldman

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Awards in Tropical Botany
"Will involve students at the Bolivian Institute for Forest Research and will focus on the factors contributing to the invasion of the Amazon Forest by Savanna Grasses in Chiquitania, Bolivia"
School: University of FloridaPh.D. Candidate in Botany


Yvette Williams

Category: Urban Forestry
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Zone VI Fellowship in Urban Forestry
Ecology Will compare urban forestry practices and their effect on storm water quantity and quality.
School: University of Baltimore Ph.D.


Virginia Wolking

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Will learn organic growing techniques and small farm management at Klawitter Farm.
School: "Warren Wilson College Ashville, NC"
Project location: "Euclid, MN"


Felipe Zapata

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Awards in Tropical Botany
Will use integrative taxonomy to determine the species limits and evolutionary history of Excallonia Mutis Ex. L.f. in the highlands of Bolivia and Peru.
School: "University of Missouri  St. Louis Ph.D. Candidate in Ecology, Evolution and Systematics"
Project location: Bolivia and Peru


Brigitte Zettl

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Zeller Summer Scholarship in Medicinal Botany
Will attend the "Herbal Medicine in Itlay" field study trip which will include studying indigenous medicinal flora of Italy and traditional and current uses for regional botanicals.
School: Bastyr University A junior majoring in Herbal Sciences
Project location: Italy


Jenny Ace

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Foresty/Natural Resouces Project: Comanagement between the Native Americans & the NPS.
School: University of CA - Berkeley BS (2007)


Bбrbara Ayala-Orozco

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Awards in Tropical Botany
Environmental Studies (Tropical Ecology)
School: UC Santa Cruz/PHD Candidate National Autonomous University of Mexico/B.S. Biology


Richard Barnes

Category: Landscape Architecture
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture
Project: Constructed Landscapes: Photographic research exploring meanings conjured by excavated artifacts relocated to the constructed landscape of the museum.


Timothy Bijold

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Horticulture
School: Delaware Valley College - May 2007


Julie Burton

Category: Conservation & Ecological Restoration
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Fellowship in Ecological Restoration
Forest Restoration/Forest Ecology and Management Project: Will study the restoration of old growth forests in order to modify management practices to benefit biodiversity and ecosystem function.
School: University of Minnesota/M.S. Foresty Ecology and Silviculture University of Wisconson-Madison/B.S. Forest Ecosystem Management University of Wisconsin-Madison/PhD Candidate in Forest Ecology and Management
Project location: "Flambeau River State Forest, a second growth sugar maple dominated forest."


Natalia Cacho

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Awards in Tropical Botany
"Systematics, Biogeography Topic: "The Phylogeny and biogeography of the Pedilanthus clade with a special focus on Euhorbia tithymaloides.""
School: University of Wisconsin PhD 2008 National Autonomous University of Mexico/B.S. Biology
Project location: The Caribbean


Niki Carlson

Category: Garden History & Design
Scholarship: The Douglas Dockery Thomas Fellowship in Garden History and Design
Landscape Architecture Will study the "Litmus Garden" within a park reclaimed from coal mine refuse in Pennsylvania.
School: University of Minnesota MLA 2006
Project location: Pennsylvania


Kristin DeSouza

Category: International Work & Study
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America and the Royal Horticultural Society Interchange Fellowships
Landscape Architecture and Horticulture.
Project location: RBG Kew, University of Sheffield, RHS Wisley Gardens, RBG Edinburgh and Eden Project.


Chase Dettorre

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Landscape Architecture Will study the integratoin of people with their natural surroundings including the preservation and restoration of resources.
School: Ohio State University


David Droppers

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Environmental & Conservation Biology 2006 - North Cascades Institute Summer Seminar on Butterflies. 2007 - Will study the distribution of butterflies using GIS/GPS.
School: University of Washington-Seattle BS (2009)
Project location: "Seattle, Washington Stehekin, Washington"


John Eastman

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Horticulture Plans a career in designing and building residential landscapes.
School: Michigan State University Graduate 2007


Serena Epstein

Category: Garden History & Design
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Internship in Garden History and Design
"Landscape Architecture and Horticulture Will work at Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, CT"
School: University of Connecticut Senior
Project location: "Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, CT"


Jeffrey Erb

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Landscape Contracting/Horticulture
School: Penn State University Graduate 2007


Anne Eschtruth

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Caroline Thorn Kissel Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Forestry Ecology Project: Forest Response to Interacting Disturbances: Conservation & Management of Forest Ecosystems
School: University of CA - Berkeley PhD candidate Yale Universtiy - School of Forestry & Environmental Studies MFS University of Michigan BS Resouce Ecology & Management
Project location: Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area


Kelby Fite

Category: Urban Forestry
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Zone VI Fellowship in Urban Forestry
Urban Forestry Studying the benefits of several practices for ameliorating urban soil conditions and enhancing urban tree performance.
School: Clemson University
Project location: "South Carolina, Boston and Pittsburgh"


Christopher Gabler

Category: Conservation & Ecological Restoration
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Fellowship in Ecological Restoration
"Community Ecology, Restoration Biology"
School: Rice Universtiy/PHD Candidate Tullane University/Transferred Loyola University/B.S. Biological Sciences


John Geiger

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Catherine H. Beattie Fellowship in Conservation Horticulture
School: Florida International University/PHD Candidate F.I. University/M.S. Biology/B.S. Biology


Samantha Gerlach

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Anne S. Chatham Fellowship in Medicinal Botany
Medical Plant Biochemistry Will study the "Characterization and bioactivity of Cyclotides in Psychotria leptothyrsa Miq. (Rubiaceae)".
School: Tulane University PhD Candidate University of North Carolina B.S.


Antoinette Grove

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Zeller Summer Scholarship in Medicinal Botany
Herbal Sciences
School: Bastyr University Skagit Valley College University of Maryland


MaryKate Hanlon

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Anthropology/Biological Sciences
School: Stanford Univ/BS (2007)


Andrea Heiert

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
"Horticulture Is interested in propagation, grafting and hybridizing native plants. Her senior thesis concerns new methods of propagating the pawpaw tree, now declining in Kentucy."
School: University of Cincinnati Graduate 2007 Northeast Kentucky University A.A. 2005


Keri Heniff

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Rainforest Ecology/ Primate Behavior/Anthropology Project: La Suerte & Ometepe Biological Stations.
School: "Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA Senior BS (Dec. 2006)"


Evan Henrich

Category: Urban Forestry
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Zone VI Fellowship in Urban Forestry
Community Urban Forestry and Community Empowerment Will conduct original research into the equitability of green space distribution and the implications of inequalities on the development of margtinalized communities for his senior thesis.
School: Boston College
Project location: "Boston, MA"


Mary Jordan

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Landscape Architecture Project: Nature & Environmental Design
School: University of GA Junior (2008)
Project location: Costa Rica


Page Klug

Category: Native Bird Habitat
Scholarship: The Frances M. Peacock Scholarship for Native Bird Habitat
Biology/Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Proposal: Interactions between grassland birds and their snake predators: the potential for conservation benefits or conflicts in the tall grass prairie.
School: Kansas State University Ph.D. Candidate University of Nebraska M.S. Biology Drake University B.S. Environemental Science & Policy


Rebecca Korfhagen

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
"Environmental Education & Eco Design Attend Tom Brown, Jr. Tracker School - decicated to environmental awareness."
School: Prescott College BS (2007)
Project location: Pine Barrens of New Jersey


Josette La Hee

Category: Coastal Wetlands Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Coastal Wetlands Studies
Wetland Ecology/Algal Ecology Will study the effects of nutrient enrichment coming from agricultural plantations on benthic periphyton mat communities.
Project location: In two south Florida coastal wetland habitats in the Everglades.


Megan Lawson

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Biology/Pre-Med Project: Hellbenders Salamanders of Southeast Tennessee
School: "Lee University, Cleveland, TN BS (2008)"


Julia Lepping

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Landscape Architecture Is also studying horticulture and plant pathology
School: University of Kentucky Graduate 2008


Dustin Long

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Elizabeth Gardner Norweb Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Biology/Anthropology Project: Coral Reef Ecology
School: "Rhodes College, Memphis, TN BS (2009)"


Sarah Marcinko

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Catherine H. Beattie Fellowship in Conservation Horticulture
"Ecology Will study the effects of an altered stream flow on the endangered plant Ptilimnium nodosum, or harperella."
School: University of North Carolina M.S. Ecology James Madison University B.S. Biology Haywood Communtiy College/Diploma Horticulture
Project location: North Carolina's Tar River


Marguerite Mauritz

Category: International Work & Study
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America and the Royal Horticultural Society Interchange Fellowships
The Garden Club of America Interchange Fellow


Kathryn McDavid

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Horticulture Will pursue a Master's and Ph.D. in Horticulture at Penn State University with a focus on tissue culture research. She plans to teach at the university level.
School: Penn State University


Cullen Meves

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Landscape Architecture/Horticulture
School: Ohio State University/Grad 2007


Willett Moss

Category: Landscape Architecture
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture
A San Francisco landscape architect. His project is "To study conditions that bring a visceral response to aleatoric landscapes and how they can be applied to the designed landscape to bind a person to their environment.


BreAnne Nott

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Joan K. Hunt and Rachel M. Hunt Summer Scholarship in Field Botany
"Biological Science Will be working on a study of the recovery of abandoned farmland in New Jersey, conducting botanical field surveys, plant collections and environmental measurements."
School: Eastern Illinois University 2008 - Graduate Student Washington State University


Alysa Remsburg

Category: Coastal Wetlands Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Coastal Wetlands Studies
Insect Behavioral Ecology Will study the effects of lakeshore vegetation on dragonfly diversity.
School: "Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Zoology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison University Wisconsin M.S. Wittenberg University B.A. "


Lara Reynolds

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Summer Scholarship in Field Botany
Botany Will conduct a botanical inventory and survey for rare and endangered plants on the Kipapa Trail in the O'ahu Forest National Wildlife Refuge.
School: University of Hawaii - Honolulu Senior
Project location: "O'ahu, Hawaii"


Orien Richmond

Category: Native Bird Habitat
Scholarship: The Frances M. Peacock Scholarship for Native Bird Habitat
Earth Science Proposal: "Development of a bird-habitat model in freshwater wetlands of the Sierra foothills using high-resolution imagery"
School: "University of California Ph.D.Candidate - Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy and management Stanford University M.S. & B.S."
Project location: Sierra foothills


Nanci Ross

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Awards in Tropical Botany
"Ethnobotany, Economic Botany and Plant Ecology Topic: "The effect of home forest gardens built by ancient Mayans in northwestern Belize on the extant tree species composition of the tropical forests." "
School: "University of Connecticut - Storrs PHD Candidate University of Nebraska, Lincoln B.S. Biological Science"
Project location: Belize


LeAnn Rutledge

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Mary T. Carothers Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Earth & Environmental Sciences Environmental Program for High School Students
School: North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State Univ/BS-2008 Einvironmental Science & Waste Management Certificate


Jonathan Schramm

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Caroline Thorn Kissel Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Ecology & Evolution Project: Thesis research/Japanese Stiltgrass Invasion
School: "Rutgers University PhD (2007) Calvin College BS, BA"


Kimberly Sikule

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Zeller Summer Scholarship in Medicinal Botany
Medicinal Botany Will study the medicinal plant Acordus Calamus or sweetflagin Malaysia and compare her findings to studies of the same plant in North America.
School: St. Lawrence University Sophomore
Project location: Malaysia


Brail Stephens

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Environmental Studies Project: Wave Attenuation and Sediment Transport through Estuarine Seagrass Beds.
School: University of West Florida BS (2007)


Shannon Straub

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Catherine H. Beattie Fellowship in Conservation Horticulture
"Plant Systematics Will assess the taxonomic status and genetic diversity of Amorpha georgiana var. georgiana and Amorpha georgiana var. confusa, North Carolina's rare endemics of the southeastern United States, to inform conservation strategies."
School: Cornell University Ph.D. Candidate University of Colorado B.A. Biology


John Tabuti

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Anne S. Chatham Fellowship in Medicinal Botany
Mediacal Botany Project: "Herbal Medicines in Treament of Malaria in Uganda."
School: "Makerere University, Uganda/ Norwefian University of Life Sciences/Ph.D."
Project location: "Kamuli District, Uganda"


Erin Tripp

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Awards in Tropical Botany
Topic: Floral and breeding system evolution in the genus Ruellia and its relatives to understand the processes that contribute to tropical plant diversification.
School: University of North Carolina Ph.D. Candidate in Biology
Project location: Mexico


Lena Usyk

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Caroline Thorn Kissel Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Biology Project: Study of LeConte's Sparrows and other Grassland birds.
School: Central Michigan University MS (2007) Conservation Biology Rutgers University-Cook College BS Wildlife Management
Project location: Munuscong Bay in Michigan


John Williams

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Engineering School for Field Studies
School: Lafayette College BS (2007)
Project location: "Queensland, Australia"


Brittina Argow

Category: Coastal Wetlands Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Coastal Wetlands Studies
"Project: " Investigating relationships between vegetation, hydrodynamics, sedimentation across an nothern Salt Marsh, ME""
School: Stanford University - MA William & Mary College - BA


Timothy Bijold

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Horticulture
School: Delaware Valley College - May 2007


Nelly Branson

Category: Garden History & Design
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Internship in Garden History and Design
Project: "Gardens: A Comparison Between a Connecticut Garden from 1840 and a Maryland Garden in 1900."
School: University of Maryland BS Landscape Architecture (May 2007)


Raymona Butz

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Anne S. Chatham Fellowship in Medicinal Botany
"Thesis "Medicinal plants of Maasai of northern Tanziania, an ethnobotanical study"."
School: University of California - Davis PhD Candidate
Project location: Tanzania


Jennifer Callanan

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Caroline Thorn Kissel Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Environmental Management Project: Long term implication of forest fires on soil chemical properties as a result of mineral alterations.
School: Montclair University PhD candidate MS 2005 BS 2001
Project location: Pineland Region of NJ


Grace Chapman

Category: International Work & Study
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America and the Royal Horticultural Society Interchange Fellowships
Horticulture: Plans to study plant conservation techniques and methods of public education associated with plant conservation. BS in Environmental Horticulture, specializing in Public Garden Management.
Project location: Great Britain


Raelene Crandall

Category: Coastal Wetlands Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Coastal Wetlands Studies
Goal of dissertation is to better predict how plant species rspond to rising sea levels and changes in fire regimes.
School: "Louisiana State University PhD Candidate Oklahoma State University MS Botany Butler University, Indianapolis BS "


Katherine Diana

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Environmental Studies & Writing Project: Building a Community: The Ursinus Organic Garden.
School: "Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA BS (2006)"


Teague Embrey

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Summer Scholarship in Field Botany
"Botany Will summer with Dr. David Neill from Missouri Botanical Garden and the National Herbarium of Quito, Ecuador botanizing in the Cordillera del Condor region."
School: "Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA Graduate 2006"
Project location: "Cordillera del Condor region of Quito, Ecuador "


Paige Evans

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
"Biology/Global Studies Project: Study the ecology of a medicinal herb, Coptis trifolia, in undisturbed old-growth and post-disturbance hemlock forests in the Adirondack National Park."
School: "St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY BS (2007)"


Anna Fiskin

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Zeller Summer Scholarship in Medicinal Botany
Project: "Traditional Uses of Local Medicinal Plants in Belaries."
School: "Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio MD/MA in Medical Anthropology University of Cincinnati BA"
Project location: "Belarus, Russia"


Shannon Galbraith-Kent

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Caroline Thorn Kissel Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Ecology and Evolution Program at Rutgers U.
School: Rutgers Univ/PhD Eastern Kentucky Univ/MS Thomas Moore College/BA


Andrea Garcia

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Zeller Summer Scholarship in Medicinal Botany
Project: "Evolution of NW Native Plants for Presence of ACE Inhibitors."
School: Oregon State University - Corvallis
Project location: Pacific Northwest


Benjamin Garland

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Horticulture & International Agriculture
School: Univ of GA/BS (2007)


Katie Hardcastle

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Landscape Architecture Hopes to combine extensive horticulture knowledge with drawing and design skills to launch career in landscape architecture.
School: Universtiy of Kentucky Graduate 2007 Western Kentucky University


Jonathan Hickman

Category: Conservation & Ecological Restoration
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Fellowship in Ecological Restoration
Nitrogen Fixation by the invader Pueraria Montana; is Kudza creating a legacy of altered ecosystem processes?
School: State Univeristy of New York - Stony Brook Ph. D. Candidate Cassar College BA
Project location: Samplings will be taken at priority sites in the Mid-Atlantic and South


Elaine Hooper

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Awards in Tropical Botany
Effects of forest fragmentation on seed dispersal and forest regeneration at project site in central Amazon.
School: Yale University Ph.D. Candidate University of Illinois at Chicago Ph.D.- Biological Sciences McGill University MS-Biology University of Saskatchewan BS.
Project location: Brazil


Jeanell Innerarity

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Environmental Studies Project: EcoVillage & Permaculture Certificate Program.
School: New College of Florida Junior BS (2006)


Kathleen Kane

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Landscape Architecture MLA Program focuses on botanical nature of built environment.
School: Cornell UniversityMaster's CandidateGraduation 2006


Tania Kim

Category: Native Bird Habitat
Scholarship: The Frances M. Peacock Scholarship for Native Bird Habitat
"Zoology Study: Bottom-up versus top-down effects in limiting the abundance and distribution of a keystone avian resource species, Quercus geminata"
School: Florida State Ph.D. Candidate University of Florida M.A. Zoology
Project location: Florida Scrub


Nicole Klosterman

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Environmental Studies/English/Marine Studies Work with Outward Bound and the Dept. of Coastal Zone Management to retore a salt marsh and pond.
School: "Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts Junior 2006"
Project location: Thompson Island in Massachusetts


Jennifer Kotting

Category: Garden History & Design
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Internship in Garden History and Design
Project: "Ethnic Gardens:Design Inspiration from America's Vernacular Landscapes" - Documenting Vernacular Ethnic Gardens.
School: "Cornell University Graduate student, Landscape Architecture Program College of UMBC English & Anthropology"
Project location: Archives of American Gardens at the Smithsonian


Sophia Kruszewski

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Elizabeth Gardner Norweb Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
"Participation in an interdisciplinary approach to scientific research entitled, Biosphere-Atmosphere Studies in a Changing Global Environment."
School: "University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI Junior BS (2006)"
Project location: University of Michigan Biological Station


Jayme Lentz

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
"Microbiology Investigate the positive effects of the invasive weedy plant, Dioscorea bulbifera, as a medicinal plant as well as its impact on local flora."
School: University of West Florida BS (2006)


Jeffrey LeVan

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Enviornmental Science Project: Population of Leopard Lizards in Rinconada Canyon. Continued research after being awarded Clara Carter Higgins Scholarship.
School: Texas Christian University BS (2007)
Project location: New Mexico


Silvia Lomascolo

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Awards in Tropical Botany
Topic: "Explaining the biodiversity of Ficus (Moraceae): have seed dispersers influenced the evolution of fig traits?"
School: University of Florida Ph.D. Candidate in Zoology
Project location: "Papua, New Ginea"


Aimee Milarski

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Organismal & Ecological Biology
School: Carlow Univ/BS (2006)


Fred Monroe

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Horticulture
School: Michigan State University/Grad 2005


Mark Moroge

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Ecology/Conservation Biology & Spanish Research program on sustainable agriculture. Project: Finca Loma Linda Internship Program
School: University of Idaho College of Natural Resources BS (2007)
Project location: Cost Rica


Jocelyn Muller

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Anne S. Chatham Fellowship in Medicinal Botany
Ethno ecology
School: Tufts University/
Project location: Niger


Katherine Postelli

Category: Native Bird Habitat
Scholarship: The Frances M. Peacock Scholarship for Native Bird Habitat
Botany Proposal: Avifaunal turnover from native to invasive bird species in Hawaiian forests: could the Kallij Pheasant replace Hawaii's extinct dispersers?
School: University of Hawaii at Manoa PHD Candidate
Project location: Hawaii


Stacie Rice

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Chemistry Project: Investigate the sources & concentrations of carcinogenic organic pollutants in soils and river sediments collected from and around the Ganges-Brahmaputra river system.
School: "SUNY Binghamton, NY Junior BS (2006)"
Project location: Ganges-Brahmaputra river system in Bangladesh


Michael Schiebout

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Joan K. Hunt and Rachel M. Hunt Summer Scholarship in Field Botany
Field Botany Study: The diversity of vascular plants occuring in northeastern NM which have never before been studied systematically.
School: University of Northern Colorado -Greeley Graduate Student in Biology/Botanty
Project location: New Mexico


Gil Schwartz

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
"Environmental Studies or Political Studies (undecided) Project: Summer Ecosystem Experience for Undergraduates. Lectures, field work, labs as well as an independent research project."
School: Columbia University & Jewish Theological Seminary/(Joint Program) (2007)
Project location: Columbia University in Brazil


Megan Sharretts

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
"Environmental Studies Project: Study the geological, ecological and human aspects of Yellowstone National Park."
School: University of Pittsburgh Sophomore BS (2007)
Project location: University of Pittsburgh Honors College/Yellowstone Field Course


Rachel Silverstein

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
"Ecology, Evolution & Environmental Biology Research extrinsic and intrinsic factors affecting the resilience of corals to climate change and their use in the creation of marine reserves."
School: Columbia University BS (2006)


Inna Sokolyanskaya

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Environmental Policy Project: Barnard College Environmental Science Dept. Intenship conducting research which will lead to the compilation of a detailed report on the state of the Hudson River estuary.
School: Barnard College/Columbia University BS (2006)


Jacob Thompson

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Catherine H. Beattie Fellowship in Conservation Horticulture
Study: The impacts of white-tailed deer herbivory and invasive Lonicera japonica on the populaton dynamics of Trillium reliquum.
School: "Georgia State University, Statesboro M.S. Biology Valdosta State University B.S. Biology"
Project location: Research sites are in Georgia.


Patricia Townsend

Category: Conservation & Ecological Restoration
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Fellowship in Ecological Restoration
Biology Study: Factors limiting succession in abandoned pastures in Costa Rica.
School: University of Washington Ph.D. Biology University of FLorida MS Zoology Harvard Uiversity MA Biology Parsons School of Design BFA Fashion Design
Project location: "Research site in the Monteverde region, Costa Rica"


Ian Wale

Category: International Work & Study
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America and the Royal Horticultural Society Interchange Fellowships
The Garden Club of America Interchange Fellow


Marina Weiss

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Tropical Ecology Project: Caterpillar Collection Project at the Area de Conservacion Granacaste
School: Amherst College - Massachusetts Freshman Graduates 2008
Project location: Costa Rica


Nathanael Welch

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Landscape Horticulture & Design Courses to enhance skills as design manager for family landscaping firm.
School: Purdue University Senior Graduates 2006


Anna Wik

Category: Garden History & Design
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Internship in Garden History and Design
Landscape Architecture Project: "Shifting Functions of the Cultural Landscape Designed Space in America Between the World Wars:1917-1945"
School: Rhode island School of Design MLA -(May 2007) University of Iowa BA English


Desaree Williams

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Environmental Studies Research fellowship with the American Society of Plant Biologists studying the affects of Phytophthora ramorum (sudden oak death) on Camellias.
School: Domincan University of California BS (2007)


Brad Biren

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Loy McCandless Marks Scholarship in Tropical Horticulture
Project: "Use of orchids in SE Asia and companion plants in landscape planting."
School: Cornell University Lincoln University - New Zealand
Project location: SE Asia


Ilan Brandvain

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Environment Project: Crisis & Transformation/The Food Systems in the U.S. & Cuba.
School: University of Michigan BS (2006)


Lesley Bulluck

Category: Native Bird Habitat
Scholarship: The Frances M. Peacock Scholarship for Native Bird Habitat
Project: The general demography and distribution of Golden-winged Warblers in abandoned surface mines.
School: "University of Tennessee, Knoxville PhD Candidate"
Project location: Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee


Benjamin Cassidy

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Landscape Architecture
School: Rutgers University-Cook College/2006
Project location: Certification course in Permaculture Design at Earthaven in Black Mountain, NC. Will learn and practice the principles, strategies and techniques for re-inhabiting the world sustainably.


Miranda Cooley

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Wildlife Science Project: OSU Fisheries & Wildlife Summer Internship investigating the causes and consequences of brood reduction by Western Bluebirds.
School: Oregon State University Junior 2006


Janet Curll-Coleman

Category: Garden History & Design
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Internship in Garden History and Design
"Landscape Architecture Working in the Archives this summer, Janet will pursue interest in historic landscapes, begin research on her thesis which will examine effects of symbolism in antebellum gardens in Georgia."
School: University of Georgia Master of Landscape Architecture Univ of Arkansas
Project location: "Washington, DC"


Thomas Davis

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Environmental Science & Policy Project: Intergrated Marine Conservation
School: Duke University BS (2006)
Project location: Duke University Marine laboratory


Elise Donaldson

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Landscape Architecture Employment in a LArch firm and nursery/garden center will fulfill her two year postgraduate internship requirement.
School: Ohio State University-School of Architecture


Barry Duncil

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Horticulture Science
School: University of Kentucky


Tracy Elsey

Category: Coastal Wetlands Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Coastal Wetlands Studies
"Project: "Compare seed dispersal, seed bank storage and seedling recruitment & vegetation compositon on natural vs. created Salt Marshes.""
School: "University of Vermont BS University of Louisiana, Lafayette Masters Program in Ecology and Environmental Science "
Project location: Gulf Coast of Louisiana


Rachel Ferguson

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Environmental Studies-Writing Project: Summer Environmental Writing Program.
School: "Whitman College, Walla Walla WA BS (2006)"
Project location: University of Kentucky


Sarah Ferriter

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Environmental Science & Policy
School: University of Southern MaineBS (2004)
Project location: Project: A conservation volunteer with the Russian Environmental Partnership Program and will work in the Altai region Southern Siberia.


Marc Frank

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Joan K. Hunt and Rachel M. Hunt Summer Scholarship in Field Botany
Field Botany Program: Intensive field-based course of study in the biology and systematics of tropical plants.
School: "University of Florida, Gainsville, FL Masters Program in Environmental Horticulture with Botany minor"
Project location: Fairchild Tropical Garden and the National Tropical Botanical Garden


Kate Furtner

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Anthropology & Ethnobotany Project: Provide Ethnobotany Assistance to the Shipibo Indian Tribe.
School: Santa Rosa Junior College 2006
Project location: Amazon Rain Forest of Peru


Juan-Pablo Galvan

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
"Ecology, Behavior & Evolution"
School: Univ of CA-San Diego


Katherine Grablow

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
School: Univ of Central FL/2006


Carl Hansen

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Zeller Summer Scholarship in Medicinal Botany
"Botany, Ethnobotany Project: Examines activity of selected medicinal plants and their possible activity as treatments for anthrax, botulism and several forms of cancer."
School: University of Hawaii - Manoa (Honolulu) Junior
Project location: Hawaii


Jessica Hicks

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
"Horticulture Marketing Plans a career in horticulture industry, working on new plant development and breeding."
School: Michigan State University M.S. 2005 B.S. 2003


Stephen Hodges

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Zeller Summer Scholarship in Medicinal Botany
"Project: "Medicinal Plants of Darien-Choco Region." Will research medicinal plants used for snakebite of the common pit viper, Bothrops Asper"
School: "Florida International University Senior, Biology"
Project location: "Jaque, Panama"


Elaine Hooper

Category: Conservation & Ecological Restoration
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Fellowship in Ecological Restoration
Effects of forest fragmentation on seed dispersal and forest regeneration at project site in central Amazon.
School: Yale University Ph.D. Candidate University of Illinois at Chicago Ph.D.- Biological Sciences McGill University MS-Biology University of Saskatchewan BS.
Project location: Brazil


Carolyn Hwang

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Environmental Science Work with the Nature Conservancy in Belize evaluating the marine protected areas.
School: University of Michigan Junior
Project location: Belize


Heather Irvine

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Agroforestry/Natural Resources Project: Field studies of wild and cultivated Ginseng Golden Seal and other medicinals. Plans a career in medical botany.
School: Cornell University Graduates 2005
Project location: New York State


Cheryl Johncox

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Ecological Education & Communication Implement a student appreciation program which she designed and conduct research concerning nitrogen inhibition effects on prairie plant species.
School: Ohio St University at Marion Sophomore BS (2006)
Project location: The Prarie Nature Center @OSU/m


Sarah Keller

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Biology Project: Independent Research at Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory exploring the complexities of aspen woodland ecosystems.
School: University of Montana Junior BS (2006) Shepard College 2002-03
Project location: Colorado


Christie Klimas

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Caroline Thorn Kissel Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Graduate Study of Ecology Project: Masters research involving seed yield of the Carapa guianensis (andiroba).
School: University of Florida Ph.D. Candidate in Forestry University of Florida MS (2005) Southampton College BS (2000)
Project location: Amazon Basin of Brazil


Michael Kovach

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
"Horticulture/Plant Pathology Major Focus on interaction between plants and pathogens, e.g. breeding disease resistant tomatoes."
School: Penn State University B.S. 2005


Sarah Kuehl

Category: Landscape Architecture
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture
"Project: "Landscape and War" - Studying how war transforms land. She will focus on fortifications and how they affect freedom of movement, public space and city form."


David Lang

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
"Biology Project: Harris County Flood Control District: Water Quantity, Quality and Bioadversity."
School: University of Houston


Wayne Law

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Anne S. Chatham Fellowship in Medicinal Botany
"Population ecology and conservation of Snow Lotus"
School: Washington Universtiy in St. Louis Ph.D. Candidate
Project location: "NW Yunan, China"


Jeffrey LeVan

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Enviornmental Science Project: Population of Leopard Lizards in Rinconada Canyon. Continued research after being awarded Clara Carter Higgins Scholarship.
School: Texas Christian University BS (2007)
Project location: New Mexico


Elizabeth Lotter

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Environmental & Developmental Studies
School: McGill University2005
Project location: Project: She will work with a Cree Indian tribe in northern Quebec to create a culturally appropriate terrestrial marine protected area in a James Bay community


Kevin McKinney

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Horticulture
School: University of Cincinnati/Grad 2004


Fred Monroe

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Horticulture
School: Michigan State University/Grad 2005


Evann O'Donnell

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Environmental Policy & Political Science Project: MSU sponsored program "Society & Ecology in Kenya".
School: "Michigan State University, East Lansing/BS (Junior)"
Project location: Kenya


Kevin Pittle

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Anne S. Chatham Fellowship in Medicinal Botany
Anthropology Project: "Continuity and Change in Herbal Healing Traditions of the Middle East"
School: Biola University/PhD Florida State University - Gainsville
Project location: Middle East


Amy Poston

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
"Horticulture Science Natural Resource Conservation Management, seeks 2nd degree in horticulture science. Pleans career as park manager or county extension agent."
School: University of Kentucky Graduate 2005


Megan Ridder

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Joan K. Hunt and Rachel M. Hunt Summer Scholarship in Field Botany
"Field Botany Project: Summer field assistant with Krissa Skagan at University of Connecticut monitoring NE populations of Desmodium cuspidatum, the large-bracketed-tick-trefoil."
School: University of Connecticut -Storrs Freshman Horticulture Program Graduate 2008


Amanda Schiller

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Zoology & Environmental Studies Project: Effects of Ribelroia ondatrae on Frog Malformations
School: University of Wisconsin - Madison BS (2004)


Jessica Schuler (Arcate)

Category: International Work & Study
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America and the Royal Horticultural Society Interchange Fellowships
The Royal Horticultureal Society Interchange Fellow


Uzay Sezen

Category: Conservation & Ecological Restoration
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Fellowship in Ecological Restoration
Ecology Parentage analysis of Iriartea deltoidea in a regenerating tropical second-growth forest.
School: "Uiversity of Connecticut, Ph.D. Candidate; Middle East Technical University-Turkey, BS & MS."
Project location: "Site: La Selva Biological Field Station, Costa Rica."


David Shelley

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Catherine H. Beattie Fellowship in Conservation Horticulture
"Research project: Palynological records of Macbridea caroliniana (Carolina bog mint), Ilex amelanchier (service holly) and associated flora."
School: University of South Carolina Ph.D. Candidate in Geological Sciences New Mexico State University/M.S. Furman University/B.S. Geology
Project location: "Congaree national Park, SC"


Anna Smith

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
"Landscape Horticulture Life long gardener on family farm, she plans a career in public horticulture/landscape design."
School: Ohio State University Graduate 2006


Tyler Smith

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Catherine H. Beattie Fellowship in Conservation Horticulture
"Research on the systematics and ecology of the Carex virescens complex, including the globally rare Carex roanensis."
School: McGill University/PHD Candidate University of Guelph/B.S.
Project location: Ozarks and Southern Appalachians


Stephen Stern

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Summer Scholarship in Field Botany
2003: Will identify key areas of botanical significance to determine which pristine areas are key to save from logging or farming. 2004: Will return to Guyana to collect & doc. the var. flora & bring back to the Smithsonian Herb. Collect.
School: University of North Carolina - Ashville 2005
Project location: Guyana


Marie Terlizzi

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Summer Scholarship in Field Botany
Field Botany Will do a volunteer internship with the Bergen Swamp Preservation Society to conduct a survey for rare plant species at the society's Zurich Bog preserve.
School: Syracuse University Graduate program in conservation biology with a plant emphasis
Project location: "Wayne County, NY"


Tracey Walker

Category: Native Bird Habitat
Scholarship: The Frances M. Peacock Scholarship for Native Bird Habitat
"Animal Ecology Study: Response of grassland songbirds to management practices in native prairies of the Loess Hills, Iowa."
School: Iowa State University Masters Degree Animal Ecology
Project location: "Loess Hills, Iowa"


Elizabeth Watson

Category: Coastal Wetlands Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Coastal Wetlands Studies
Her project: Califronia tidal marsh vegetation change: a thirty year record of changes in plant distribution and abundance in tidal marshes of the San Francisco Estuary.
School: UC Berkeley Ph.D. Candidate UC Berkeley MA Geography UC Berkeley BA Biology


Stephanie Zabel

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Loy McCandless Marks Scholarship in Tropical Horticulture
"Will study ethnobotany at the University of Kent at Canterbury, England."
School: "Clemson University, South Carolina Senior in horticulture"
Project location: England


Anne Behner

Category: Garden History & Design
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Internship in Garden History and Design
Landscape Horticulture
School: Ohio State University BS Agriculture


Krista Bush

Category: Native Bird Habitat
Scholarship: The Frances M. Peacock Scholarship for Native Bird Habitat
Project: Genetic Diversity and Paternity Analysis of Endangered Canadian Sage Grouse population in all of North America.
School: University of ALberta/PHD Candidate


Ryan Case

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Anne S. Chatham Fellowship in Medicinal Botany
"Subject: "Medicinal Plants of Papua New Guinea". Will document and assess the potential of plants used within Manus Providence, Papua New Guinea to treat malaria and tuberculosis."
School: College of Pharmacy-University of Illinois
Project location: Papua New Guinea


Christopher Cheraso

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Landscape Architecture
School: Ohio State University BS Kent State University Associate Applied Science Degree in Horticulture


Christina Donehower

Category: Native Bird Habitat
Scholarship: The Frances M. Peacock Scholarship for Native Bird Habitat
Project: Elimination of Lobster Bait Discards - the Key to Effective Gull Control in Maine?
School: "McGill Universtiy, Montreal, Canada PHD Candidate"


Christine Edwards

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Catherine H. Beattie Fellowship in Conservation Horticulture
Proposal: Deals with the evolutionary history and relationships of five genera of endangered aromatic mints.
School: University of Florida Doctorial Student
Project location: Southeastern United States


Shanna Hackins

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Agriculture Education/Extension) Project: USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services Student Career Experience Program
School: Montana State University 2005


Jeanne Hammond

Category: Native Bird Habitat
Scholarship: The Frances M. Peacock Scholarship for Native Bird Habitat
"Project: Identify nest predators, document predation rates on the Consumnes River Preserve in California, pertaining to nesting Modesto Song Sparrows."
School: Humboldt State University Graduate Student
Project location: "Consumnes River Preserve, CA"


Britta Hardesty

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Awards in Tropical Botany
"Plant Biology Ecology and Evolutionary Genetics of two vertebrate-dispersed tropical trees, simarouba amaro and symphonia globufera."
School: "Atlanta University University of Georgia, Anthens, GA Ph.D. Plant Biology"
Project location: "Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama City, Panama"


Christopher Heckel

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Catherine H. Beattie Fellowship in Conservation Horticulture
"Study: The impact of invasive kudzu on the population dynamics and reproductive success of the federally endangered native herb, Trillium Reliquum."
School: "Hillsdale College B.S. Biology Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA M.A. Degree University of Pittsburgh Ph.D.Program"


Polly Hicks

Category: Coastal Wetlands Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Coastal Wetlands Studies
Work on wetlands restoration in the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary: studying seed dispersal dynamics and its impact on salt marsh restoration.
School: "Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ Masters Candidate"
Project location: NY/NJ


Patricia Houle

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Anne S. Chatham Fellowship in Medicinal Botany
Subject: Variations of Fatty Acids in the Fruits of Saw Palmetto Populations in Florida
School: "Florida International University-Miami, FL Ph.D. Candidate"
Project location: Florida


Shanna Huckins

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
"Internship with Natural Resources Conservation Service, Student Career Experience Program under auspices of U.S. Dept. of Agriculture."
School: "Montana State University, Bozeman, MT Sophomore, "Agriculture Education""


Heather Irvine

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Joan K. Hunt and Rachel M. Hunt Summer Scholarship in Field Botany
Agroforestry/Natural Resources Project: Field studies of wild and cultivated Ginseng Golden Seal and other medicinals. Plans a career in medical botany.
School: Cornell University Graduates 2005
Project location: New York State


Lucas Joppa

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
"Project: Life History Research on the Batler's Garter Snake, a Wisconsin state threatened species, habitat disrupted by developers."
School: University of Wisconsin-Madison Junior in Wildlife Ecology 2004
Project location: Wisconsin


Joel Katz

Category: Landscape Architecture
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture
Photography


Elizabeth Kollman

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
"Horticulture; Floriculture; Plant Breeding (M.S.) Specializing in Horticulture/Biotechnology, she hopes to create new plant varieties."
School: Cornel University M.S. 2006 Michigan State University B.S. 2004


Scott Laeser

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
"Biology & Environmental Science Project: Research in Restoration Ecology, spec. stream restoration. How restoration ecology affects adjacent waterways. "


Kristopher Lucius

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Landscape Architecture
School: Harvard University Ohio State University Graduate 2004


David Lyon

Category: Conservation & Ecological Restoration
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Fellowship in Ecological Restoration
Forestry Evaluation of restoration of native plants in glade ecosystems where soil properties have been influenced by eastern red cedar.
School: University of Arkansas Ph.D. Candidate Environment & Economics University of Kentucky MA Forestry Hendrix College BA


Maureen McKenna

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
"Environmental Studies/Environmental Education Study: 1st month, volunteer on small family farm in Costa Rica that practices organic farming, 2nd month, internship with Tropical Forestry Initiative in Cost Rica. "
School: Warren Wilson College Junior - Graduate 2004 Lawrence University 1998-00
Project location: Costa Rica


Alexander Miller

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Fisheries Study: Smithsonian expedition to Newfoundland and Labrador to study the geographic change of algal community sturctures. This data will supply information on global change and species dispersion.
School: Virginai Technical University Graduate 2004


Nathaniel O'Meara

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Ethnobotany Project: American Museum of Natural History's Center for Biodiversity & Conservation Program on Coral Reef Ecosystems
School: "Universtiy of Arizona, Tucson/2003 "
Project location: Bahamas


Hilary Parkinson

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Summer Scholarship in Field Botany
Project: Work at Bureau of land management native plant gardens doing field work monitoring rare plant species at Snake River Basin and surrounding vicinities in Idaho.
School: "Boise State university, Boise, ID Junior"
Project location: Idaho


Jennifer Parrish

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Loy McCandless Marks Scholarship in Tropical Horticulture
"She will study abroad with the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Her field study program is in Environmental Horticulture and Landscape Architecture."
School: University of Florida Senior
Project location: "University New South Wales, Sydney, Australia"


Joseph Ragsdale

Category: Landscape Architecture
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture
"Lecturer, Landscape Architecture Dept. California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA 93407 Project title: source + surface I intersections in goelogy, extraction and tectonics."
School: University of Virginia MLA University of California at Berkeley BLA


Adam Ravestein

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Landscape Architecture/Horticulture
School: Ohio State University Junior - Graduate 2004


Laurel Reichold

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Environmental Studies Project: Analysis of Water Quality & Sedimentation Influx in the St. John River.
School: Brown University Graduate 2004


Jennifer Sander

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Biology/Environmental Science & Biodiversity Project: Geographic Pattern Analysis of Pesticide Exposure in Salamander Populations in Great Smoky Mountain National Park
School: "Lee University - Cleveland, TN Junior 2005"


Matthew Schmidt

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
"Wildlife Management, Biology, Chemistry, Pre-Pharmacy Project: Dart-poison frogs in Yasuni National Park in Equador and captive husbandry of frogs at a museum."
School: University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point/2004


Amanda Sesser

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Ecology She will study vines in tree plots on an elevational gradient to provide baseline data for future studies in climate change.
School: Florida Institute of Technology Junior
Project location: Peruvian Andres


Stephen Stern

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
2003: Will identify key areas of botanical significance to determine which pristine areas are key to save from logging or farming. 2004: Will return to Guyana to collect & doc. the var. flora & bring back to the Smithsonian Herb. Collect.
School: University of North Carolina - Ashville 2005
Project location: Guyana


Olin Taylor

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Summer Scholarship in Field Botany
"Will work near the Indian Reservation in Mojave Desert and National Artic Wildlife Refuge, creating plant inventories and seed sources to bring back to growers and scientists."
School: Appalachian State University Master's Candidate


Rebecca Vidra

Category: Conservation & Ecological Restoration
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Fellowship in Ecological Restoration
Resotration Ecology Proposal: Includes multi-scale and experimental approaches to evaluating the role of exotics and their control in urban forest corridors.
School: University of North Carolina Ph.D. Restoration Ecology University of North Carolina MS Ecology Ohio State University BS Natural Resources
Project location: "Raleigh and Cary, NC"


Nicole Walter

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
"Environmental Studies/Studio Art Study: Part of a design team exploring the historical, cultural and environmental issues of the Yucatan from the manan to the present. "
School: "Millsaps College, Jackson, MS Sophomore - 2005"


Kerry Weber

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Joan K. Hunt and Rachel M. Hunt Summer Scholarship in Field Botany
To research harmful algal blooms and minimize their effects on human and marine life.
School: "University of New England, Biddeford, ME"
Project location: Internship at Bigelow Laboraroty for ocean Sciences


Katie West

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
"Environmental Resource Management, International Agriculture Study: With team researching plight of world hunger and investigating sustainable agriculture systems in developing coutries."
School: Penn State University/2006
Project location: Costa Rica


Allison Bush

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Horticulture Enterprise Management
School: University of Kentucky
Project location: "Lexinton, KY"


Jennifer Cash

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Environmental Studies/ Biological Applications Project: Internship/Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals of Northern Arizona University & the EPA
School: "SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry, Syracuse, NY BS 2003"
Project location: Arizona


Julian Dautremont-Smith

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Environmental Studies Project: C ollege Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory/Methodology & Emissions Reductions Opportunities
School: Lewis & Clark College - Portland OR BS 2003


Amanda Edmonds

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Study: Environmental Behavior/Community Gardens
School: University of Michigan Masters Student
Project location: "Ann Arbor, MI"


Casey Fagre

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Environmental Studies Project: Repeat Photography/Documentation of Changing Alpine Vegetation
School: "Lewis & CLark College, Portland, OR BS 2003"


Ana Fishbein

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Summer Scholarship in Field Botany
"Plans to participate in field program to collect and identify Rosa species native to the Ozarks and surrounding region, cataloguing species, habitat diversity, other ecological & vegetative features."
School: Washington University in St. Louis
Project location: "St. Louis, MO"


Alison Fisher

Category: Coastal Wetlands Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Coastal Wetlands Studies
Investigating the ecology of a fungal disease epidemic on native and invasive populations of the saltmarsh cordgrass Spartina spp.
School: University of California Davis Ph.D. Candidate
Project location: "San Francisco Bay, CA and Willapa Bay, WA"


Terrie Gamble

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Landscape Architecture
School: Penn State Universtiy


Amy Garrett

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Hort. Science
School: Purdue University


Letitia Grenier

Category: Coastal Wetlands Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Coastal Wetlands Studies
Study: The topic ecology of endangered tidal wetlands using a variety of sophisticated analytical procedures to document the links between marsh flora and fauna.


Karol Jankowski

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Marine Biology; Environmental Studies
School: University of New England
Project location: "Biddeford, ME"


Shawn Kelley

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Amer Museum of Natural History's Center for Biodiversity & Conservation- Coral Reef Ecosystems Study (anthropology)
School: Univ of Arizona Honors College BS


Shawn Kelly

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Anthropology Project: American Museum of Natural History's Center for Biodiversity & Conservation Coral Reef Ecosystems Study
School: University of Arizona BS 2002


Karin Kettenring

Category: Conservation & Ecological Restoration
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Fellowship in Ecological Restoration
Study: focuses on prairie pothole restoration and the role of seed set and dispersal for sedge species.
School: University of Minnesota Ph.D. Oberlin College BA-Biology.


Patrick Leighton

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Biology Project: Study of the Indian Mangoose As A Predator On Sea Turtle Eggs in Barbados
School: "McGill University, Montreal, Canada BS 2003"
Project location: Barbados


Jacqueline Levy

Category: Conservation & Ecological Restoration
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Fellowship in Ecological Restoration
Ecology Role of butterfly gardening as a means of restoring habitat for the pipevine swallowtail butterfly (Publisehd in Journal of Insect Conservation)
School: San Francisco State University MA-Biology Sarah Lawrence College BS-Biology


Angela McMellen

Category: Native Bird Habitat
Scholarship: The Frances M. Peacock Scholarship for Native Bird Habitat
School: University of GA


Amy McNally

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Environmental & Forest Biology
School: SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry/BS 2002


Mark Mueller

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Environmental Studies & Computer Science Project: Ford Apprentice Scholar Summer Research Study: An analysis of the policies involved in the recovery plans of endangered species.
School: Eckerd College BS 2003
Project location: "St. Petersburg, FL"


Rachel Mukai

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Summer Scholarship in Field Botany
Environmental Biology Taking courses in field botany and forest ecology at Au Sable Institute. Emphasis upon on-site examination of plants.
School: "Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, GA"
Project location: Michigan


Janeen Patterson

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Landscape Architecture
School: Penn State University Senior


Vana Reid

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Biology in Fish Conservation Project: Continuing research comparing different species of fish of the genus Schizothorax from Nepal.
School: "Haskell Indian Nations University - Lawrence, KS Sophomore BS 2004"


Kirk Roth

Category: Native Bird Habitat
Scholarship: The Frances M. Peacock Scholarship for Native Bird Habitat
Study: "Cerulean Warbler Breeding Biology".
School: Ball State University


Scott Sapoznick

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Biology Major Study: To create a greater awareness of the plight of the endangered Golden Frog among Panamanians and the world.
School: "Lee University, Cleveland, TN Junior BS 2003"
Project location: Cleveland TN


Kevin Smith

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Landscape Horticulture Horticultural Science
School: Ohio State Agricultural Technical Institute


Elizabeth St. Pierre

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Horticulture
School: University of Kentucky Junior
Project location: "Lawrenceburgh, KY"


Kristine Stewart

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Anne S. Chatham Fellowship in Medicinal Botany
"Project: Population Viability analysis of the Grapple Plant, Harpagophytum procumbens in Harvested Environments. She hopes to develop model to examine sustainable harvesting strategies."
School: "Ph.D. from Pompano Beach, FL"


Katie Villano

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
"Biology Study: Research concerning the fen and peat bog ecosystem on the Tanana River Flats near Fairbanks, Alaska"
School: Whitman College BS 2003
Project location: "Fairbanks, Alaska"


Colin Young

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Anne S. Chatham Fellowship in Medicinal Botany
School: University of Connecticut in Storrs Ph.D. Candidate from the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.


Christina Bacogiannis

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Environmental Policy Project: Dept. of Environmental Research Management Internship
School: Florida International University -BS 2001


Kathleen Bailey

Category: Coastal Wetlands Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Coastal Wetlands Studies


Traci Bultemeier

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Crop Science Research Asst. OSU/Dept. of Hort. Part-time Masters Program
School: Ohio State University


Tara Claghorn

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Horticulture
School: Temple University
Project location: "Philadelphia, PA"


David Cozzo

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Anne S. Chatham Fellowship in Medicinal Botany
"Ethnobotany of the eastern band of the Cherokee Indians".
School: The University of Georgia-Athens PhD Candidate


Kathryn Freund

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Biology; Public Policy Analysis Project: Northwest Ecosystem Alliance Internship learning forest management policies and conservation research methods.
School: Pomona College 2003
Project location: "Bellingham, WA"


Jason Fuhrer

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Ornamental Horticulture
School: Penn State University
Project location: "State College, PA"


Khara Grieger

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Summer Scholarship in Field Botany
Botany (Field Ecology) Study: Investigate the Lake Michigan dune habitats most vulnerable to the commonly planted landscape species of invasive Pinus nigra (Austrian pine).
School: Michigan State University MS


Julia Gustine

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Environmental Studies
School: Scripps College/BS 2002


Han Kang

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Biological and International Studies Study: Biological research in tropical soil biology and chemistry.
School: University of California-Irvine Junior BS 2002
Project location: Costa Rica


Matthew Katz

Category: Coastal Wetlands Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Coastal Wetlands Studies
"Research the potential for biological control of Spartina alterniflora, a marsh plant considered a pest species on the west coast of America."
School: "University of California, Davis Graduate student"


Lisa Kruse

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Summer Scholarship in Field Botany
"Botany Study: The first comprehensive floristic survey of the Upper Etowah Basin in North Georgia, a rapidly urbanizing area."
School: University of Georgia Department of Botany graduate student
Project location: "Athens, GA"


Todd Leeson

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Horticulture Enterprise Management
School: University of Kentucky
Project location: "Lexington, KY"


David Meyer

Category: Landscape Architecture
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture


Elizabeth Mills

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Ph.D. student in Natural Resources at the University of Vermont studying New England environmental history, 2013. Teaches community college classes in ecology, field botany, and environmental science.
School: Yale School of Forestry/Environmental Studies MS 2004 University of Miami BS 2002
Project location: Env. Science; International Studies Project: Council Study Abroad in Thailand


Courtney Morgan

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Natural Resource Ecology; Conservation Biology Project: Rain Forest Ecosystem Study
School: Universtiy of Idaho BS 2004
Project location: Costa Rica


Peter Osler

Category: Landscape Architecture
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture
Architecture
School: Harvard Grad School of Design MLA University of Michigan BS


Amber Pairis

Category: Native Bird Habitat
Scholarship: The Frances M. Peacock Scholarship for Native Bird Habitat
Study: "The Role of Fire on Califonria Gnatcatcher Reproductive success on Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base"
School: "Antioch New England Graduate School in Keene, New Hamshire - Ph.D."
Project location: Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base


Paul Payne

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Study: A program in cost Rica emphasizing strategies for sustaining tropical ecosystems by working with the native people to preserve their own environment.
School: University of Southern California Junior in Environmental Studies and Ecomonics BS 2002
Project location: Costa Rica


Liba Pejchar

Category: Native Bird Habitat
Scholarship: The Frances M. Peacock Scholarship for Native Bird Habitat
Study: "Foraging Behavior and Critical Habitat of the Endangered Akiapolaau (Hawaiian Honeycreeper)"
School: UC Santa Cruz Ph.D. student in the Department of Environmental Studies


Kristen Pomponio

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Environmental Studies; Political Science Project: Conserving Marine Resouces & Coastal Rain Forests
School: Bucknell University BS 2002
Project location: "Vancouver Island sponsored by the School for Field Studies, Boston University"


Kyle Schlachter

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Environmental Science Study: Research microscopic fragments of charcoal from lake sediment cores to reconstruct fire history on Grand Mesa in western Colorado
School: University of Denver Sophomore BS 2003
Project location: "Keck Undergraduate Summer Research - Grand Mesa, Colorado"


Frederic Souret

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Anne S. Chatham Fellowship in Medicinal Botany
Study: Regulatory control of mevalonate and mevalonate independent terpenoid biosynthetic pathways leading to the production of an antimalarial sesquiterpene.
School: Worcester Polytechnic Institute Ph.D. Program in Biology and Biotechnology


James Tucker

Category: Native Bird Habitat
Scholarship: The Frances M. Peacock Scholarship for Native Bird Habitat
"Study: Investigate the relationship between the declining Bachman's Sparrow and the management of its prime habitat, long leaf pine forests."
School: Auburn University Ph.D. Candidate Graduates 2002


Ron Wik

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Horticulture/Floriculture
School: Clemson University Graduate Program Michigan State University B.S.


Traci Bultemeier

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Crop Science Research Asst. OSU/Dept. of Hort. Part-time Masters Program
School: Ohio State University


Michael Casaus

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Anne S. Chatham Fellowship in Medicinal Botany
Project: To Conduct an Ethnobotanical Investigation of the Tarahumara Indians.
School: Cornell University Graduate Student
Project location: "Northern Sierra Madre Occidental, Mexico"


Stephen Casper

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Anne S. Chatham Fellowship in Medicinal Botany
Project: Anti-malarial Plants and Their Characteristics Comparing North American & South American Plants of the Same Genus* Special 2nd Award
School: Washington University Graduate Student
Project location: Northern Peru


Lynette Cheah

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Environmental Engineering/Policies for Dam Removal
School: Northwestern University BS 2001 Raffles Jr. College 1996
Project location: "Elwha Restoration Project Office, Olympic National Park, WA"


Christine Hancock

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Psychobiology; Spanish Literature Study: Analyzing DNA samples of the endangered Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep to identify remaining sheep and create a pedigree for isolated populations.
School: Swarthmore College BA 2002
Project location: "White Mountain Research Station at Bishop, CA in the Sierra Nevada Mountains"


Amy Lehman

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Public Horticulture
School: Purdue University
Project location: Purdue University


Hem Nalini Morzaria Luna

Category: Coastal Wetlands Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Coastal Wetlands Studies
Wetland Ecology and Restoration
School: "University of Wisconsin, Madison Ph.D. Botany Major, Oceanography, and Limnology, Minor"
Project location: West Coast of US and Baja


Bonnie Peterson

Category: Native Bird Habitat
Scholarship: The Frances M. Peacock Scholarship for Native Bird Habitat
Study: The Effects of Adjacent Land Use and Habitat Edge on Nest Predation of the Least Bell's Vireo.
School: "San Diego State University, San Diego, CA"


Christina Richards

Category: Coastal Wetlands Studies
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Award in Coastal Wetlands Studies
"Botany Project: Research integrating coastal marsh ecology, physiology and molecular genetics""
School: University of Georgia Ph.D. Botany
Project location: "Sapelo Island, GA"


Emelee Rujzer

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Horticulture & Agricultural Communication
School: Michigan State University
Project location: Michigan State University


Jessica Schweighofer

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Ornamental Horticulture
School: Delaware Valley College
Project location: Delaware Valley College


Katherine Sharaf

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Biology Project: Independent Research Internship Program/Plant Growth and Pollinations in Regards to Deer Herbivory
School: Harvard University BS 2002
Project location: Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Colorado


Bryan Sharp

Category: Native Bird Habitat
Scholarship: The Frances M. Peacock Scholarship for Native Bird Habitat
Study: Factors Influencing the Incidence of Brood Parasitism by Brown-headed Cowbirds on the least Bell's Vireo.
School: San Diego State


Jennifer Wagner

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Horticulture Science
School: Ohio State University
Project location: Ohio State University


Ramona Walls

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Environmental Resource Management/Horticulture Project: Conduct independent research on growth rates of woody plant seedlings under different sedimentation and hydrologic regimes.
School: Penn State University BS 2001
Project location: Penn State Cooperative Wetlands Center


Ron Wik

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Horticulture/Floriculture
School: Clemson University Graduate Program Michigan State University B.S.


Yi Yi Wong

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
"Environmental Science and Anthropology Study: Graduate level courses at Columbia University in geology and water quality, with field work in the Central Park Soil Laboratory under the supervision of the Central Park Conservancy."
School: Barnard College-Columbia University BS 2002
Project location: Central Park Soil Lab with the Central Park Conservancy


Loren Byrne

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Ecological Artistry Project: Bronx Zoo Horticultutal Internship & Research Project./Plantings & Landscaping Environmentally & Biologically Beneficial
School: Hiram College (OH)/2000
Project location: "Bronx Zoo, NY"


Joseph Cahill

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Anne S. Chatham Fellowship in Medicinal Botany
Project: "Medicinal Uses of Mexican Species of Salvia."
School: University of CA - Riverside
Project location: Mexico state of Mihoacan & Jlisco


Matthew Condiotti

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Chemical Engineering Project: Ethnobotany with Tlahui
School: University of Colorado-Boulder Chemical Engineering 2001
Project location: Mexico


Katherine Cox

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Environmental Studies Project: Environmentally Aware Golf Course Design @ University of Central Florida
School: University of Central Florida 2000
Project location: University of Central Florida


Katherine Cox

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Environmental Studies & International Relations Project: Golf Course Design With Environmenal Perspective
School: University of Central Florida
Project location: University of Central Floida


Abigail Fox

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Botany
School: Miami University (OH)
Project location: Miami University (OH)


Bernie Frankl

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Landscape Architecture
School: Ohio State University
Project location: Ohio State University


Alfredo Gomez-Beloz

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Anne S. Chatham Fellowship in Medicinal Botany
Project: "The Ethnobotany of Warao Indians to identify plants used to treat non-venomous wounds.."
School: "City University of New York and the New York Botanical Garden Ph.D. candidate, Plant Sciences"
Project location: "Ornicoco Delta, Venezuela"


Ralph Hames

Category: Native Bird Habitat
Scholarship: The Frances M. Peacock Scholarship for Native Bird Habitat
Habitat fragmentation of Cooper's Hawks
School: Cornell University Ph.D. Candidate
Project location: "Tompkins County, NY"


Eden Luz

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Ethnobiology Changed Project To: Observing the Effects of Transnational Argribusiness on the Indigenous Cultures'
School: College of the Atlantic BS 2004
Project location: "Uripichallay Organization in Marcara, Peru"


Laurel McSherry

Category: Landscape Architecture
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture
Project: How human communities maintain heritage in light of the contnued and inevitable rearranging of the material landscape.
School: "Associate Professor/School of Planning and Architecture, College of Architectute and Environmental Design"


Mike Morland

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Landscape Architecture
School: Ohio State University
Project location: Ohio State


Corrie Robb

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
"Ecology, Global Stueies and Political Science Project: Rain Forest Ecology of Costa Rica."
School: "Sonoma State University, California Junior Graduate 2001"
Project location: LaSuerte Biological Field Station Costa Rica


Emelee Rujzer

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Horticulture & Agricultural Communication
School: Michigan State University
Project location: Michigan State University


Christy Shelburne-Powell

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Horticultural Science Customer Service & Sales at Watter Anderson Nursery
School: Purdue University M.S. in Agriculture Extension Purdue University B.S. Horticultural Science


Christopher Solomon

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Natural Resources Project: Site Conservation Planning Intern with The Nature Conservancy of Texas
School: "Cornell University Sophomore (2001) University of Wisconsin, Center for Limnology, Postdoctoral Research "
Project location: Nature Conservancy of Texas


Lisa White

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Horticulture
School: Penn State University
Project location: Penn State University


K. Whiting

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Landscape Architecture
School: University of Pennsylvania


A. Williams

Category: Native Bird Habitat
Scholarship: The Frances M. Peacock Scholarship for Native Bird Habitat
Study: To monitor the activity of fledgling saw-whet owls when they leave their natural home in the forests of southern Applachian Mountains.
School: Appalachian State University
Project location: Southern Appalachian Mountains


Elanor Abrams Chapin

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
School: Brown University
Project location: "Project: Field research, will write conservation plan for globally rare plant species. New England"


Elise Brewster

Category: Landscape Architecture
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture
"Project: Investigation of ancient garden sites, including the Forum and ruins of Nero's Golden House.Owner of KALLOS"
School: University of CA-Berkeley MLA/MFA Amherst College BA


John Delisle

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Landscape Horticulture
School: Michigan State University
Project location: "E. Lansing, MI"


Madelyn Erb

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Landscape Architecture
School: Penn State University


Bernie Frankl

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Landscape Architecture
School: Ohio State University
Project location: Ohio State University


Stephen Hale

Category: Native Bird Habitat
Scholarship: The Frances M. Peacock Scholarship for Native Bird Habitat
"Predictive Mapping of High Elevation, Spruce-fir Community Bird Species in Using Remote Sensing (Bicknell's Thrush)"
School: University of New Hampshire
Project location: New Hampshire


Jennifer King

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Horticulture
School: Ohio State University
Project location: "Columbus, OH"


Sarah Klee

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Landscape Contracting
School: Penn State University


Tom Leader

Category: Landscape Architecture
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture
"Project: Opening up the process and producton of design to our senses and imagination Partner/Peter Walker & Partners, Berkeley, CA"


Shawna Miller

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
"Study: Field study of coral reef ecology on the Roatan Island in Honduras, investigating the phenomenon of coral bleaching."
School: "Rhodes College, Tennessee Freshman, Marine Biology Major"
Project location: Roatan Island in Honduras


Dena Pedynowski

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
"Study: Marine resources and conservation of the coastal rainforest on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada"
School: "Drew University, NJ Junior - Biology Major"
Project location: "Vancouver Island, BC, Canada"


Jessica Perry

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Landscape Architecture
School: "Ball State University Indianapolis, IN Junior"


Nicole Razorsek

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Landscape Architecture
School: University of Kentucky Junior
Project location: "Lexington, KY"


Michael Thomas

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Anne S. Chatham Fellowship in Medicinal Botany
Study: To conduct a botanical enthnomedicinal investiation of the traditional use of medicinal plants by the Pataxo People and to develop and test a multi-media database using this data
School: Universtity of Florida-Gainesville Ph.D. Candidate in Botany
Project location: "Bahai, Brazil"


Matthew Willmann

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
"Plant Science, Genetics & Development"
School: Cornell University


Jennifer Wong

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Study: Field research on the environmental history of marshland sites through examination of pollen grains and macrofossils.
School: "Barnard College, Columbia University "
Project location: "Piermont Marsh-Hudson River & Linsley Pond, Connecticut"


Lisa Behnke

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Garden Designer/Horticulturist
School: Ohio State University


Amber Dufseth

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Environmental Law
School: "Reed College, OR "
Project location: "North Alaska Environmental Center, Fairbanks"


Sarah Marcotte

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Project: Symbiosis Between Sunflowers & Ants
School: University of North Carolina BS


Marisa Martin

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Restoration (Prairie) ecology study
School: "Northwestern University, Illinois BA"
Project location: Iowa Lakeside Lab


Sarah Muffelman

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Sea Turtle Biology/Ecology
School: Davidson College (NC)
Project location: VA Institute of Marine Science


Tae Nosaka

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Tropical Reforestation
School: Colorado State University
Project location: "Center for Rainforest Studies, Queensland Australia"


Wendy Pline

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Agronomy
School: Michigan State University B.S. Virgina Tech
Project location: Virginia Tech


Devon Stanley

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Landscape Horticulture
School: Ohio State University
Project location: OSU


Matthew Wasson

Category: Native Bird Habitat
Scholarship: The Frances M. Peacock Scholarship for Native Bird Habitat
Ecological importance of calcium availability for passerines breeding in highly acidified areas
School: Cornell University
Project location: Northern US


Lauren Wemmer

Category: Native Bird Habitat
Scholarship: The Frances M. Peacock Scholarship for Native Bird Habitat
Critical habitat evaluation for the Piping Plover
School: University of Minnesota
Project location: Great Lakes Region


Renee Euler

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
School: Ohio State University


Kathleen Kelley

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Horticulture
School: Michigan State Universtiy/B.S./M.S.


Amanda Miller

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Ornamental Hort.
School: Delaware Valley College/P.A./B.S.


Nathan J. Morrison

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Urban Forestry
School: Ohio State University


Jeff Myrom

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Analysis of water-methods of bioremediation
School: Michigan Tech MS 2000 Coe College BA 1998
Project location: "Cedar Lake, IA"


John Rimmer

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
School: Delaware Valley College


Leila Salazar

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Project: Ecotourism To Learn More About Tropical Forests and Indigenous Peoples
School: University of California - Santa Barbara
Project location: Jatun Sacha Biological Reserve Ecuador


Myra Stafford

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
School: University of Kentucky


Shannon Still

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Horticulture & Floriculture Present Position: Greenhouse Production Intern
School: Ohio State University B.A.


Karla Trester

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Wetland Ecology
School: "Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois"
Project location: "Wilderness Field Station, Ely, MN"


Jenny Warsaw

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
School: Kansas State University


James Wescoat

Category: Landscape Architecture
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture
Landscape Architecture Project: "Use of Water in Urban Landscape"
School: University of Chicago- Geography Ph.D. University of Chicago- Geography MA Louisiana State University BLA


Gabriel Wilmoth

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Tropical Rainforest Ecology
School: University of Texas-El Paso Virginia Tech
Project location: LaSuerte Biological Station in Costa Rica


Frances Baker

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
School: University of Michigan


Laserre Bradley

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
School: University of Kentucky


Tamara Clark

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
"Project: Observation, Research and Analysis of the Effects of Tourist and Boat Activity in Newly Estableished Puffin Community"
School: University of ME - Orono BS
Project location: Eastern Egg Rock off of New Harbor ME


Carrie Cox

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Biochemsistry of Marine Animals
School: Duke University BS
Project location: Duke University Marine Lab


Roger Gettig

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Landscape Architecture & Restoration Ecology
School: University of Wisconsin/M.S.


Jennifer Horn

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
School: Virginia Tech


Jamie King

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
"Animal Behavior, Marine Pollution and Underwater Research"
School: University of Califiornia at San Diego
Project location: Shoals Marine Lab


Peter O'Shea

Category: Landscape Architecture
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture
Project: Record Public & Private use of Walls in Italian Town & Cityscape.
School: University of Virginia/MLA Bates College/BA


Rebecca Safran

Category: Native Bird Habitat
Scholarship: The Frances M. Peacock Scholarship for Native Bird Habitat
"Analysis of habitat use of the White-faced Ibis, a listed species of special concern to detemine specific patterns of use."
School: Humboldt State University Ph.D. Candidate University of Michigan BS
Project location: "West Grasslands District, Pacific Flyway (University of Nevada-Reno)"


Naomi Santos

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Project: Thesis Work: The History of Efforts to Save The Severly Endangered Hawaiian Crow
School: University of Hawaii-Hilo


Helen Thompson

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
School: University of Michigan


Heather Witler

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Horticulture: Public and Production
School: Purdue University B.S.


Laserre Bradley

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
School: University of Kentucky


Kevin Cody

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Field Biology & Ecology of Mammals
School: Colgate University
Project location: Flathead Lake Biological Station


David Donner

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
School: Ohio State University


Bethany Galloway

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Horticulture
School: North Carolina State University/M.S. Universtiy of Kentucky/B.S.
Project location: University of Kentucky


Gary Hilderbrand

Category: Landscape Architecture
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture


Jason Hoeksema

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
"General Ecology, Ornithology, Conservation Biology"
School: University of California - Davis Ph.D. Candidate University of Michigan
Project location: "University of Michigan Biological Station - Pellston, MI"


Mary James

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Research Project
School: University of the South
Project location: "Chamela Biological Station, Jalisco, Mexico"


Tara Martinez

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Tropical Rainforest Expedition-Ethnobotany
School: "Santa Rosa Junior College, CA UC @ Davis BS"
Project location: "Corcavado National Park, Costa Rica"


Leslie Ryan

Category: Landscape Architecture
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture
Environmental Design Project: A holistic approach to the gardens & landscapes of Rome.
School: Yale University Master of Environmental Design


Michael Van Wyk

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
School: Michigan State University


Janice Willimann

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Horticulture Therapy
School: Kansas State University B.S.
Project location: KSU


Heather Witler

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Horticulture: Public and Production
School: Purdue University B.S.


Denise Alleva

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
School: Penn State University Temple University


Julie Filipski

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Environmental Bology & Ecology
School: University of MA


Bethany Galloway

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Horticulture
School: North Carolina State University/M.S. Universtiy of Kentucky/B.S.
Project location: University of Kentucky


Jennifer Hansell

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
School: Delaware Valley College


Gina Harris

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
School: University of Kentucky


Elsie Konow

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Floriculture
School: "Delaware Valley College, PA Texas A & M M.S."
Project location: Delaware Valley College


Jennifer McAnlis

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
School: Michigan State University


Mr. Scot D. Medbury

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Project: Summer Field Program-Department of Forestry & Resource Management
School: University of California at Berkeley


Arlene Olivero

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Natural Resource Planning & Management
School: University of Michigan
Project location: University of Michigan's Biological Station


Denise Alleva

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
School: Penn State University Temple University


Mark Ambrose

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Tropical Managed Ecosystems
School: NC State University
Project location: Org. of Tropical Studies- Costa Rica


Anne Brennan

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Horticulture
School: Penn State University B.S.


Christopher Cramer

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
School: Penn State University


Robert Fitzgerald

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
School: East Michigan Univiersity Purdue University


Gina Harris

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
School: University of Kentucky


Thomas Oslund

Category: Landscape Architecture
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture
Principal/Oslund & Assoc.
School: Harvard Grad School of Design MLA University of Minnesota BLA


Bryan Smith

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
School: Cornell University


Eric Bish

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
School: "Delaware Valley College, PA"


Christopher Cramer

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
School: Penn State University


Robert Fitzgerald

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
School: East Michigan Univiersity Purdue University


Wendy Hudson

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Environmental Management Program Project: Tropical Diversity and Conservation/Course canceled-she retained award for further education at Duke.
School: Duke University MS


Francis Kitchener

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture


Julie Bargmann

Category: Landscape Architecture
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture
Building regenerative landscapes
School: Harvard Graduate School of Design MLA Carnegie Mellon University BA in Sculpture


Susan Gruber

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
School: Michigan State University


Gwendolyn Pemberton

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
School: University of Kentucky


Peter Schaudt

Category: Landscape Architecture
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture
School: Harvard Graduate School of Design MLA University of Illinois - Chicago BA Architecture


Karen Sellers

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Horticulture Therapy
School: Kansas State University B.S.
Project location: KSU


Robyn Spencer

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Tropical Cloud Forest Ecology
School: University of California at Santa Barbara
Project location: Costa Rica


Penny Stober

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
School: Kansas State University


Brad Bittner

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
School: "Delaware Valley College, PA"


Linda Cook

Category: Landscape Architecture
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture


Diana Dostal

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
School: Ohio State University Michigan State University


Robert Filburn

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Landscape Horticulture
School: Ohio State University B.S.


Melissa Igoe

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
School: Michigan State


Gwendolyn Pemberton

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
School: University of Kentucky


Cristian Samper

Category: Botany
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Awards in Tropical Botany
Fruit Production and seed dispersal of Clusia in Columbia
School: Harvard University
Project location: Columbia


Cory Smith

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
School: State University of NY


Lynne Warren

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
"Courses in Ecology, Conservation, Florida History, Botany"
School: University of Florida


Carl Frey

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
School: Ohio State University


Richard Grossman

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
School: Penn State University


Barbara Kaufman

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
School: South Illinois University


Christine Ray

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Environmental Journalism
School: University of California at San Diego


Lucy Taylor

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
School: Virginia Tech


Michael Baronner

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Horticulture
School: Penn State University B.S.


Duane Harper

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
School: Ohio State University


Elizabeth Hermann

Category: Landscape Architecture
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture


Amy Newton

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
School: Kansas State University


Julia O'Bryan

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
School: "University of Cincinnati, Ohio State"


Charles Smith

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
School: University of Michigan


John Tuttle

Category: Landscape Architecture
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture
Landscape Architecture Principal/The SMA Group
School: University of MA MLA RI School of Design BLA


Kathy Wenz

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Greenhouse Production & Management
School: Agricultural Technical Institute/Associates Degree


Robin Armstrong

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Horticulture
School: Ohio State Universtiy


Joanna Dougherty

Category: Landscape Architecture
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture


Elysa Hammond

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Environmental Studies Project: Plant Resources of the Tropics
School: Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
Project location: Fairfield Botanical Gardens


High Jamison

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
School: Penn State University


Donald Merhaut

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
School: Penn State University


Julia O'Bryan

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
School: "University of Cincinnati, Ohio State"


Michael Ruggierio

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
School: Ohio State University


Kathy Wenz

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Greenhouse Production & Management
School: Agricultural Technical Institute/Associates Degree


Ann De Brosse

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
School: Ohio State University


Keith Kaiser

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Ornamental Horticulture
School: Ohio State University B.S.


Carol Leda

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
School: Virginia Tech


Donald Merhaut

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
School: Penn State University


Beverly Winkler

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Project: Effects of Hazardous Wastes on Coastal Shellfish and Wetlands ()
School: University of Texas
Project location: "School of Field Studies,Notheastern University, Narragansett Bay, RI"


Ann De Brosse

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
School: Ohio State University


Keith Kaiser

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Ornamental Horticulture
School: Ohio State University B.S.


Carol Leda

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
School: Virginia Tech


Stacy Moriarty

Category: Landscape Architecture
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture


Charles Schmitt

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
School: West Virginia University


Carol Starnater

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Intensive course-hazardous materials and oil spill clean up and control
School: Texas A&M


Chip Sullivan

Category: Landscape Architecture
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture


John Bernitz

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Project: Field Program (Mappiing) through University of MI
School: Tufts University MA
Project location: Near Jackson Hole WY


Robert McCague Hays

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
School: North Carolina State University


Nancy Moriarty

Category: Landscape Architecture
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture


Jack "Sullivan, FASLA"

Category: Landscape Architecture
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture


Bridget Behe

Category: Horticulture & Related Fields
Scholarship: The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarships in Horticulture
Floriculture
School: Ohio State University/M.S. Penn State University/B.S.


Richard Burck

Category: Landscape Architecture
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture


Walter Reid

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Project: Tropical Studies Course
School: University of Washington
Project location: Costa Rica


Paul Schissler

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Project: Explore Energy and Its' Aspects
School: Western Washington University
Project location: Huxley College of Environmental Studies Energy Institute (WA)


Christie True

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Internship at a wastewater treatment plant
School: Huxley College of Environental Studies (WA)


Michael Vergason

Category: Landscape Architecture
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture
Landscape Architecture
School: University of Virginia MLA University of Virginia BS


Edmund Feyh

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Marine Science
School: Ulster County Community College
Project location: Shoals Marine Lab (off the coast of NH)


Stephen Haus

Category: Landscape Architecture
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture
School: "Rhode Island School of Design BFA Nakane Institute, Kyoto, Japan"


Robert Bukantis

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Project: Plant-Animal Interactions.
School: Cornell University


David Loughlin

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Animal behavior
School: Lake Forest College


Constance Blair

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Chappaquiddick Island & Weepecket Islands
Project location: Chappaquiddick Island & Weepecket Islands


Robert Bergen

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Biology
School: Appalachian State University (NC) MS Biology


Donald Richardson

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Historical Vegetation
School: Florida Atlantic University


Cherri Smith

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Barrier Island Ecology
School: Duke University


Leonard Torre

Category: Landscape Architecture
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture
School: LSU BLA


James Turner

Category: Landscape Architecture
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture


B. Horn

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
School: "University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources"


Phil Kreitner

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
School: "University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources"


Richard Willhite

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
School: "University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources"


Laurie Olin

Category: Landscape Architecture
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture


Charles Rapp

Category: Landscape Architecture
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture
School: University of California at Berkeley MLA Syracuse & SUNY BLA


Albert Lamb

Category: Landscape Architecture
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture
School: University of Michigan MLA Rhode Island School of Design BLA


Peter Pollack

Category: Landscape Architecture
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture


Paul Pawlowski

Category: Landscape Architecture
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture
"Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, Planning, Interior Architecture President/Director of Design and Planning"
School: University of Michigan MLA University of Virginia BLA


John Wellman

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
School: "University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources"


Mary Burke

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
School: "University of MI, School of Natural Resources"


Gerald Gastony

Category: Summer Environmental Study
Scholarship: The Clara Carter Higgins Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Cambridge & Dominican Republic
School: Harvard University


Dean Johnson

Category: Landscape Architecture
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture


Roger Martin

Category: Landscape Architecture
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture


Don Olson

Category: Landscape Architecture
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture


Eric Armstrong

Category: Landscape Architecture
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture
School: University of CA BS


Stephen Bochkor

Category: Landscape Architecture
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture


Richard Bell

Category: Landscape Architecture
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture
Landscape Architecture
School: NC State University BS Landscape Architecture


Stuart Mertz

Category: Landscape Architecture
Scholarship: The Garden Club of America Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture


 

Scholarship Opportunities Available

The GCA now offers 27 merit based scholarships, fellowships and awards in the areas of horticulture and its related disciplines, botany, including medicinal and tropical, native bird habitat, conservation and ecological restoration, desert studies, landscape architecture, urban forestry, garden history and design, coastal wetlands, and pollinator research.

In March of 2015, 91 students and scholars were award over $315,000 to support a variety of academic endeavors ranging from summer environmental study and field work, to graduate level research. Their study will take place in institutions across the nation and some will do field work around the world.

GCA Scholarships - supporting the best and brightest and furthering environmental knowledge.