The Society for Economic Botany

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Richard Evans Schultes Research Award

DEADLINE, March 30th, 2019.

The Schultes Award was created in 2001 to honor the late Dr. Richard Evans Schultes. The award is to be presented annually to a graduate student who is a members of the Society, or a member who has received their degree within a year.

Richard E. Schultes (12 January 1915-10 April 2001): A Tribute by Sir Ghillean T. Prance (includes Schultes bibliography)

The Society for Economic Botany announces the offering of an annual student research award(s) of up to $2500. The award is intended to help defray the costs of field work on a topic related to economic botany. Competition is limited to graduate students who are members of the Society, or members who have received their degree within a year. Applicants will be judged by an ad-hoc committee of Society members and awards will be granted by June 30 each year. Recipients are expected to submit a manuscript based upon their proposed research for publication in Economic Botany.

Proposals should include:
1) An email message from your major advisor confirming current MS, PhD or Post-doc status. *Additonal letters of recommendation are no longer accepted.*

2) Each applicant must submit a single .pdf file which includes;

a) 2 pages describing the proposed research including literature cited,
b) 1 page tabular budget which identifies how funds will be allocated,
c) 1 page resume

The proposal and budget should be no smaller than 11 TNR or Arial fonts with 1" margins.  The total pdf file should be 4 pages.

3) Name your file correctly using first initial_lastname (Ex: j_smith.doc)

4) Email proposal to You should receive an email confirmation of receipt of your materials within 72 hours. If you do not, please contact

Schultes Award Reporting Protocol
Within nine months of receiving the award, the recipient will submit one to two page double-spaced narrative of their respective project that includes:

a) Title of project, year of grant, your name, affiliated organizations
b) Contacts made (people & organizations) that were helpful
c) Geographic and place names of research locations
d) Description of vegetation and terrain
e) Where the collections are / will be deposited
f) Broader impacts / significance of research
g) One or two photos



James Lucas
- Washington University-St. Louis, "Following the paper trail: Using population ecology to inform conservation of an endangered papermaking tradition in Vietnam."

Grace Ward - Washington University-St. Louis, "The historical ecology of hunter gatherers in the Lower Mississippi Valley."

David Felipe Rodriguez Mora - North Carolina State University -  Honorable mention - "Integrating ecomorphology and ethnoecology to test Cofán ethnovarietal classification of Banisteriopsis caapi in southwestern Colombia."

Lilly Zeitler - University of Kent - Honorable mention - "Understanding the role of ethnic and religious diversity in medicinal plant
use between Tai Yai and Lisu Buddhists and Christians in northern Thailand."

Amanda Thiel
, Washington State University, "Cultural Values and Ethnobotanical Knowledge among the Q’eqchi Maya in Guatemala." 
Alain Ngute, University of Dschang, West Cameron, "Beyond Timber the commercialization of edible caterpillars in Cameroon."

Ashley Glenn, University of Canterbury at Kent

Michael Coe and Richard Tate,
Research In-Progress

Anne Lucy S. Virnig, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, "From molecular systems to human systems: An interdisciplinary approach to evaluating antioxidant activity and conservation in the neotropical blueberries."
Research In-Progress

Tegan McGillivray, University of Wisconsin-Madison, she did not supply a title for her project. Her request was for support to undertake field research at a series of comparable Bronze and Iron Age sites located along the Red River, Vietnam.
Research In-Progress

Lauren Moscoe, University of Wisconsin-Madison, "Oca (Oxalis tuberosa) diversity and population structure in two communities in Cusco, Peru."
Research In-Progress

Hugo De Boer, Uppsala University, "Steam sauna, hot beds and mother roasting: Medicinal plants and postpartum recovery among the Brou, Sake and Kry (Laos)."
Research In-Progress

Paula Brown, University of British Columbia Okanagan, "Kava (Piper methysticum): A Traditional Crop in Modern Markets."
Research In-Progress

Sushma Shrestha, Miami University, "Global Localism at the Manaslu Conservation Area in the Eastern Himalayas, Nepal: Integrating ecological and ethnobotanical knowledge about forests for biodiversity conservation."
Research In-Progress

Ashley DuVal, Yale School of Forestry, "Domestication of Açaí in Home Gardens of the Amazon Estuary."
Research In-Progress

Lisa Mandle, University of Hawai`i at Manoa, "The Effects of Landscape Management and Harvesting Practices on Non-timber Forest Product Populations and Communities in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, India."
Research In-Progress

Nanci J. Ross, University of Connecticut, "Impact Assessment of Ancient Maya Forest Gardens."
Research In-Progress

Anthony Amend, University of Hawai`i at Manoa, "Harvesting Effects and Population Genetics of Tricholoma matsutake in Shangri-La, China."

Andrew S. Roberts, City University of New York, Institute of Economic Botany, New York Botanical Garden, "Fields in Transition, Livelihoods in Transition: agrodiversity and incremental change in smallholder managed landscapes in Cambodia."
Research In-Progress

Heather McMillen, University of Hawai`i at Manoa, "Ethnoecology of Medicinal Plants in Tanzania."

Christiane Ehringhaus, Yale University, "Post-victory Challenges: Non-timber Forest Product Use and Marketing in Amazonian Extractive Reserves."

Honorable Mention
Jennifer Crus-Sanders and Angela Steward

Michael P. Gilmore, Miami University, "An Ethnobiological and Ethnoecological Study of the Maijuna Indians, Peruvian Amazon."

Patrick Owen, McGill University, "Antidiabetic Properties of Traditional Food and Medicinal Plants Used for the Treatment of NIDDM among Transitional Communities of Papua New Guinea."

Julie L. Velasquez Runk, Yale University "And the Creator Began to Carve Us of Cocobolo: Historical Ecology of Wbunaan Forest Use in Eastern Panama."

Honorable Mention
Amanda Koch, University of Illinois, Chicago, "Medical Ethnobotany of the Maasai."

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