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Botanical Awards


Three botanical awards at W&M are given to students


The Virginia Crouch Memorial Research Grant:

 The Virginia Crouch Memorial Scholarship is a tribute to the extraordinary life of Virginia Crouch ‘90, who died in a 1997 fire.

This grant provides a $1000 summer research grant on an alternating basis to a continuing Biology student studying field botany and a continuing History student studying Virginia history.  Graduate as well as continuing undergraduate students are eligible. In Biology, eligible students are nominated by faculty and chosen by committee.

In 2018 the award will go to a history student. 


Shirley T. & Martin C. Mathes Botanical Award:


This award recognizes an outstanding senior student who has demonstrated exceptional skills or commitment to the botanical sciences.  For each recipient, a woody plant will be added to the campus grounds in the student’s honor to foster environmental awareness, increase botanical appreciation, and promote the diversity of campus plantings.  Additionally, students receive a framed certificate and their names will be displayed on a plaque in the biology department.  Students are nominated by faculty and chosen by committee.  Please contact Dr. Martha A. Case for more information and nominations.



The Baldwin-Speese Plant Conservation Award:


This award was endowed by Christine Kurtz Fuerhoff (class of 1980), in memory of biology professors J. T. Baldwin and Bernice M. Speese.  It is awarded annually to one (or sometimes two) undergraduate students who are interested in botany, and are particularly committed to the preservation of native plant species.  Awards typically range from $1000-$3,000 although higher awards can be given if well justified and funds are available.  The money can be used for project supplies and/or a summer stipend for living expenses that would facilitate significant (e.g., at least half time) work on the project.

Students may apply for this award.  For details, please visit the Baldwin-Speese Application Form.