Southern Highlands Reserve is pleased to announce the inaugural year of the Frank W. Armstrong, III Graduate Student Oral Competition as part of the Annual Native Plant Symposium. Our goals are to showcase the outstanding quality and diversity of graduate-level research within the plant sciences, ecology, and landscape architecture and provide students with the opportunity to practice and enhance their communication skills in a formal setting. The Graduate Student Competition consists of an abstract competition followed by selection of one graduate student to present their research in 15 minutes during the Annual Native Plant Symposium. The selected graduate student will receive a $500 award, symposium registration, food, and housing for the night prior to the symposium.

To participate in the Frank W. Armstrong, III Graduate Student Competition, you must be a graduate student pursuing an academic degree at the time of initial submission. You should submit a cover application, a letter of reference attesting to your speaking skills and a research abstract related to the main symposium theme from each year. The research abstract should discuss:

  • research problem and motivation for the work
  • background and related work
  • approach and uniqueness
  • results and contributions.

The abstract must not exceed 2 pages, including all text, appendices, and figures.

Application, abstracts and reference letters should be emailed to by 11:59pm on Sunday, March 1, 2020.

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