The Native Plant Society sponsors two Tom & Bruce Shinn Grants (in the amount of $100.00 - $1000.00 each) for the purpose of supporting basic or applied research on native plants in botanical or horticultural areas that fulfill the mission and/or objectives of the North Carolina Native Plant Society.
These grants will be awarded to United States citizens attending North Carolina schools who are:
- graduate students
- qualified undergraduate students working on projects with an advisor
2015 Shinn Grant Awards
Ms. Michelle D'Aguillo, Duke UniversityHer 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 UniversityHer 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 UniversityHis 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 UniversityHer project is titled “The Reproductive Ecology of the Federally Endangered Cooley’s Meadowrue (Thalictrum cooleyi Ahles).
Mr. Kipp Callahan, NCSUHis 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, NCSUHis 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
Grant Application Review Committee
Mr. David McAdoo, Chairman
Ms. Lisa Gould
Col. Tom Harville
Dr. Paul Hoiser
Dr. Larry Mellichamp
Dr. Zack Murrell
Mr. Mark Rose
Dr. Jon Stucky
Dr. Alan Weakley