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Scholarships, Grants and Awards

Shinn Grant

Tom and Bruce Shinn
Shinn Grant
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Bruce (l) and Tom (r) standing in front of their pitcher plants at Stone Knife Farm in Leicester, NC. Circa 1979 (click image to enlarge)

Tom & Bruce Shinn Fund: provides scholarships for native plant research This fund provides up to $1,000.00 to support research on North Carolina’s native plants and habitats, and is open each year to undergraduate and graduate students who are U.S. citizens and attending a North Carolina college or university. Students must be working with an advisor conducting basic or applied research in botanical or horticultural areas that fulfill the mission and/or objectives of the NCNPS.

About Tom & Bruce Shinn
Tom and Bruce Shinn were native-plant enthusiasts who developed and maintained a wildflower garden at their home in Asheville. They traveled throughout the Southeast searching for plants and kept detailed records about propagation techniques. Tom Shinn’s detailed propagation records became the basis for a native plant propagation handbook, first published by the NCNPS in 1977.

Guidelines for Tom & Bruce Shinn Fund

The Tom & Bruce Shinn Fund supports activities that are in keeping with the NCNPS mission to promote the enjoyment and conservation of North Carolina’s native plants and their habitats through education, protection, cultivation, and advocacy. This fund is awarded annually for an amount of up to $1,000.00. All applications for the Tom & Bruce Shinn Fund must be received by the last day of February. Notification will be made to applicants by May 1st of each year.

Scholarship projects shall be considered in their broadest sense. Eligible projects may include, but are not limited to:

  • floristic inventories of local greenspace acqusitions or significant natural areas;
  • research to protect and preserve endangered or threatened species at risk within their native habitat;
  • horticultural research of native species not found in the nursery trade;
  • research on species genotype or ecotype range and importance;
  • restoration of native species or their habitats; and
  • research and management of pest plant species.

Obligations of Grant Recipient Applicants whose project proposals are funded agree to the following obligations as part of their acceptance of funds:

  • The grantee will acknowledge the Tom & Bruce Shinn Fund of the NC Native Plant Society, including the website in all publications or reports, as practicable.
  • Upon completion of project, the applicant will submit a brief article, not to exceed 200 words and including a relevant photograph, for publication in Native Plant News, the newsletter of the NCNPS. This article should be submitted no later than November 1st in the year of the award.
  • The grantee is encouraged to offer a field trip for a local chapter of NCNPS members to the project site, if appropriate.
  • At the completion of the project or at least once per year in an ongoing project, the grantee will submit a brief report of two pages or less to the NCNPS Board on the status of the project.

NCNPS will not subsidize or be responsible for personal injury or damage to property involved in any project we support. Grantees should make their own arrangements for insurance coverage.

2018 Shinn Grant Awards

Katherine Culatta, North Carolina State University

"Taxonomy, populatioon genetics, and status assessment of Nuphar sagittifolia (Nymphaeaceae)." Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Irwin

Laura Hammon, North Carolina State University

"Pollination ecology of Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula)" Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Irwin

Bryan Piatkowski, Duke University

"Systematics, molecular evolution, and functional trait variation in the Sphagnum magellanicum (Sphaganaceae) species". Advisor: Dr. John Shaw

Ellen Quinlan, Western Carolina University

"Phylogenetic history and variation in water-use efficiency of mountain and coastal populations of Kalmia buxifolia". Advisor: Dr. Katherine Matthews

Marietta Shattelroe, Appalachian State University

"Genetic diversity of Geum geniculatum". Advisor: Dr Matt C. Estep

Alexandria Szakacs, North Carolina State University

"Reconstructing the vegetation history of a Piedmont prairie remnant using soil phytoliths". Advisor: Dr. Alexander Krings

2017 Shinn Grant Awards

Ashley M. Dow, East Carolina University

“Native plants as viable pollinator habitat on solar panel farms in eastern North Carolina"

2016 Shinn Grant Awards

Andrea Thompson, North Carolina State University

"Solidago spithamaea: Study in Population Viability"

Rachel Kelsy Stillwell, Western Carolina University

"Microsatellite marker optimization and gene flow analysis between species of the erectum complex of Trillium""

2015 Shinn Grant Awards

Ms. Michelle D'Aguillo, Duke University

Her project is titled "Germination ecology of two southern Appalachian natives, Houstonia caerulea and H. serpyllifolia (Rubiaceae)"
Advisor: Dr. Kathleen Donohue

Ms. Rebecca M. Dalton, Duke University

Her project is titled "Changes to flowering phenology in native wildflower communities in North Carolina"
Advisor: Dr. William F. Morris

Mr. Gary Perlmutter, North Carolina State University

His project is titled "Traffic Emissions Effects on Forest Lichen Communities in North Carolina"
Advisor: Dr. Gary Blank

2014 Shinn Grant Awards

Ms. Rene Fortne, East Carolin University

Her project is titled "The Reproductive Ecology of the Federally Endangered Cooley?s Meadowrue (Thalictrum cooleyi Ahles).

Mr. Kipp Callahan, NCSU

His project is titled ?The Vascular Flora of Pondberry Bay (Sampson County, NC). His adviser is Dr. Alexander Krings, at NC State University.

Mr. Nathan Howell, NCSU

His project is titled "The Vascular Flora of the Natural Lake Shoreline Community of Carolina Bays in the Carolina Flatwoods and Mid-Atlantic Floodplains and Low Terraces Ecoregions (Bladen and Columbus Counties, North Carolina).? His adviser is Dr. Alexander Krings, at NC State University.

2013 Shinn Grant Awards

Ms. Amanda Faucette, NCSU

The Vascular Flora and Soils of Buxton Woods (Dare County, NC) Advisor: Dr. Alexander Krings, NCSU

Ms. Kyle Palmquist, UNC-CH

The joint effects of drought and reduced fire frequency on native orchids in the Green Swamp Preserve, North Carolina Advisor: Dr. Alan Weakley, UNC-CH