Graduate Student Travel Awards

The Plant Growth Regulation Society of America (PGRSA) is pleased to announce new student travel awards for its 44th Annual Meeting, to be held in Anchorage, Alaska August 6-10, 2017. Up to four travel awards will be available for students presenting novel research on plant growth regulation. Travel awards will cover domestic airfare (up to $750), meeting registration, and 3 nights accommodation at the host hotel at the negotiated PGRSA room rate. Students must submit an abstract for an oral or poster presentation and travel award application, and will also be required to complete a Proceedings publication (must be submitted prior to or during the meeting). This travel award makes presenting at this conference available to any student. In addition to travel awards, cash awards for best student oral and poster presentations also are available. Abstract submission opens January 15 and closes June 15. To apply for a student travel award please complete an application online by June 15, 2017.

The Plant Growth Regulation Society of America (PGRSA) is a non-profit educational and scientific organization that shares research and ideas concerning the regulation of plant growth that results in safe, environmentally sound and efficient production of food, fiber and ornamentals.

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Outstanding Student Paper & Poster Award

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

Awardees

  • 2016 Bizhen Hu (The Ohio State University, USA): Separate and Interactive Effects of Light Intensity and Temperature on Healing of Grafted Tomato Seedlings
  • 2016 Josh Henry (North Carolina State University, USA): Phosphorus Restriction as an Alternative Method of Growth Control for Petunia
 
 

Valent BioSciences Historical Perspectives Award

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

Awardees

  • 2009 Wilhelm Rademacher (BASF SE, Limburgerhof, Germany): The Story Behind Prohexadione-Calcium
  • 2010 Jerry Cohen (University of Minnesota, Saint Paul, Minnesota): Auxin History: From Coleoptiles, Arabidopsis, and Strawberries, the Regulatory Signal for Plant Growth
  • 2011 Duane Greene (University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts): Development of 6-Benzyladenine as an Apple Thinner
  • 2012 Wilhelm Rademacher (BASF SE, Limburgerhof, Germany): The History of Gibberellins
  • 2013 Duane Bartholomew (University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii): History and Perspectives on the Role of Ethylene in Pineapple Flowering
  • 2014 Warren Shafer (Valent BioSciences Corporation, Libertyville, Illinois): The Commercial Development of Aminoethoxyvinylglycine (AVG) – A Historical Perspective
  • 2015 Dr. Karl Friedrich "Fritz" Bangerth (University of Hohenheim, Germany): A Long Process to Find Repeatable and Acceptable Methods in Order to Thin Fruit
  • 2016 Dr. Cary Mitchell (Purdue University, Indiana): LEDs in Plant Growth Regulation – An Historic Perspective

Winners
Dr. Jerry Cohen

Valent BioSciences Young Scientist Award

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

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Awardees

  • 2010 Sean Cutler (University of California-Riverside, Riverside California): Chemical and Genetic Dissection of ABA Receptor Function
  • 2011 Matt Fidelibus (University of California-Davis, Davis, California): Effects of ABA on Berry Physiology, Quality, and Postharvest Storage of Crimson Seedless Table Grapes
  • 2012 Sheng Yang He (Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan): Jasmonate Signaling
  • 2013 Moritz Knoche (University of Hannover, Hannover, Germany): Effects of pH, Temperature, Humidity, and Rewetting on Cuticular Penetration
  • 2014 Dean Kopsell (University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee): Manipulations of Carotenoid Biosynthesis in Specialty Crops Using Unique PGRs
  • 2015 Dr. Jozsef Racsko (Valent BioSciences): The Mode of Action of Aminoethoxyvinylglycine (Avg) for Fruit Set Improvement in Tree Fruit and Nut Crops
  • 2016 Dr. Maria Pozo (Estacíon Experimental del Zaidín, Spain): Boosting Plant Immunity by Beneficial Soil Fungi