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Student Prizes & Awards

2020 Student Prizes and Research Funds

Purpose: Three sets of cash prizes and funds are available this year. All the Prizes and Funds have restrictions, so please confirm that your student role and activity meet the eligibility criteria.

Eligibility: Each prize and fund has specific eligibility criteria. Currently enrolled U-M undergraduate and graduate students at the Ann Arbor campus are eligible for all prizes and funds. Students enrolled at UM-Dearborn or UM-Flint, as well as other institutions, should see each prize’s criteria. Preference is given to students who have not won previously.

The Nanette R. LaCross Prizes and the William D. Drake Prizes

The Nanette R. LaCross Prizes and the William D. Drake Prizes recognize affiliation of SEAS graduate students or PITE (Environ) undergraduate majors with the University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum (MBGNA) in some way. This affiliation can be past work, current engagement, or proposed activity relevant to the MBGNA.

The range of awarded past activities encompasses regular volunteering, conducting research or artistic endeavors related to the properties, or participating as student employees at the MBGNA. Proposed activities that would be completed before your graduation are also appropriate as long as there is meaningful “affiliation” with MBGNA. Examples have included botanical, zoological, or ecological studies; environmental stewardship projects; green technologies and design related to the built environment; environmental art installations; gardening with children; local food production and sustainable agricultural systems.

To apply for these prizes you must submit a 1-2 page statement describing past, current, or proposed new affiliation activity, articulating how it has or will contribute to your personal and career goals. Also include a copy of your resume, your contact information, your student ID number, and the names and contact information of three references.

To nominate someone, please write a short one-paragraph statement about the person you’d like to nominate and their connection to Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum and submit (see below.)

Prize range: $500 – $2,000.

The Winifred B. Chase Fellowship

Winifred B. Chase Fellowship

The purpose of Winifred B. Chase Fellowship is to aid students at the University of Michigan (any campus) in research in systematic botany, plant geography, and other phases of botany requiring field study or for the accumulation of plant materials for garden, herbarium, or laboratory investigations.

To apply for this fellowship, please submit a description of your proposed study (two page maximum), a budget, your contact information including your UM student ID number, and the names and contact information of three references.  Funding this year may be restricted to just one proposal for all of the limited available funds.

Award range: $500 – $1,500 (all funds)

Submission Information: To submit a nomination, please email the student’s name and email address to Dr. David Michener at To submit an application, please merge all parts into one (1) pdf and email to The deadline for applications is 5:00 pm, Friday, February 28, 2020.

Students conducting research at Matthaei

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