2020 Annual Meeting
January 3-7, 2020
JW Marriott Austin, Austin TX

Rising Star in Organismal Botany Award

This competition is open to SICB members who are undergraduate or graduate students. Recent graduates who have received a Ph.D. within one year of the annual meeting date are also eligible. Botany is defined broadly for this award, including the study of algae, fungi, lichens, mosses, ferns, conifers and flowering plants.

For the 2020 SICB meeting in Austin, the award will be a $2500 grant for the student winner to use for any aspect of research support including research travel, conference travel, field station fees, equipment, supplies, books, memberships, subscriptions, etc.

Selection will be based first on an extended abstract (1 page with a figure) submitted in addition to the standard short SICB abstract. A subset of these extended abstracts will be selected for presentation in a special Organismal Botany Award Session and the award winner selected based on the oral presentations. Presentations will be 12 minutes with 3 minutes for questions.

Students interested in entering the competition must submit a 1-page extended abstract on or before the SICB-wide deadline for abstracts. This extended abstract is in addition to the normal abstract that SICB requests.

To be considered for the Competition, students MUST:

1) Submit a standard presentation abstract using the registration form on the SICB website, and check the Rising Star in Organismal Botany Award box. This standard abstract is for the SICB program. If your abstract is not accepted for the Award Session, it will be considered for a standard contributed oral presentation. If you need a Full Member sponsor for your abstract, please email SICB President, Beth Brainerd (

2) Submit a Rising Star Award Competition cover page (1 page) plus extended abstract (1 page with a figure) separately by email to the Rising Star Committee Chair, Dr. Stacey Smith ( to The deadline for this extended abstract is the same as the SICB abstract deadline, September 4, 2019.

Guidelines for 1-page abstract plus a cover page (should be in one PDF file)

On the cover page:

Provide a title for your presentation (must be the same as the standard SICB abstract submitted), your name, email address, current affiliation, degree type (e.g. BA, MS, PhD), and anticipated graduation date. If the degree is completed, list the date and the institution where work was conducted.

List your co-authors and their affiliations (must be the same as the standard SICB abstract submitted).

Provide a brief explanation that describes the contributions of each co-author to the project, or note that there are no co-authors.

On the content page that follows:

Provide the extended abstract only. Use single-spaced, 11-point Times New Roman font, and 1-inch margins. The extended abstract should be written in plain language and include details about the significance of the research question, methods, and outcomes. It should frame the work in the appropriate context and highlight its significance to the field.

At least one small figure is required and must be embedded in the content page. The figure(s) and caption(s) should occupy no more than 25% of the page. Caption text can be a minimum 10-point font.

Citations and references may be provided if appropriate, listed at the bottom in a minimum 9-point font. It is OK to exclude titles if needed for space constraints.

Submit the 2-page PDF (cover page plus extended abstract) by email to the Rising Star Committee Chair, Dr. Stacey Smith ( on or before the September 5th SICB abstract deadline. Questions? Contact