Developed in honor of Frank L. Howard, this fellowship promotes undergratuate involvement in plant pathology research and encourages students to pursue advanced degrees and careers in plant pathology. The fellowship is awarded for a summer term or an academic school term.
Two awards will be made for support of undergraduate research to be conducted over a minimum of one summer or school term. The funds may be used for stipend (3 months) and research budget expenses. Awards will be made to the cooperating laboratory or department in the student’s name for their use as allocated in the budget. Funds may be placed in Foundation accounts if deemed more efficient by the student’s institution.
The applicant must be enrolled as a full-time, degree-seeking student. Students are not required to be in a plant pathology major, but they should be in a related field or area of biological sciences.
A research proposal, written by the student, (maximum 3 pages) that includes objectives, experimental approach, discussion, and budget details. Expected results and their potential significance to plant pathology should be included.
A cover letter, written by the student, describing their general academic and career goals.
A copy of the applicant's academic transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable)
The faculty sponsor must be a member of APS and have an ongoing research program. The faculty sponsor should review the research proposal with special attention to the budget and the distribution of funds. In addition, the sponsor must provide a letter of reference stating his/her willingness to supervise the project and to provide resources above those requested in the proposal. The sponsor or student should present results from the research at a regional or national APS meeting. This letter may be submitted separately by the letter writer using the Award Application Form.
The Award Application Form will be available August 2015.
All of the above required materials must be included in one PDF document and submitted through the Award Application Form before the deadline above. Letters of recommendation may be submitted separately by the letter writer. Any questions about the requirements or application process should contact award administrator: Anissa Poleatewich, Anissa.Poleatewich@vinelandresearch.com.
Competitive students must demonstrate:
Preference will be given to proposals in which:
The research should have the potential to contribute to the mentor’s ongoing research program.
Selection will be made by a committee composed of members of the APS Teaching Committee and an APS Foundation representative.
Jared Mohr, Cornell University
The Frank L. Howard Undergraduate Fellowship was established under the APS Foundation to provide funds to support undergraduates to work as summer interns in the laboratories of scientists involved in plant pathology research.
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In 1932, Dr. Howard joined the faculty of the Department of Botany at Rhode Island State College, Kingston, and worked there actively until his retirement in 1971. Initial emphasis in his program of research was on the area of chemotherapy and evaluation of the effective use of organic fungicides for the control of diseases of vegetables and turf. J. G. Horsfall, in his text Fungicides and Their Action (1945), prepared a listing of landmarks in fungicide history. Included in the list was the following: “Howard’s work (1941) appears to date the modern interest in chemotherapy.” This statement referred to a paper by Dr. Howard entitled “Antidoting the Toxin of Phytophthora cactorum as a Means of Plant Disease Control” (Science 94:345). This paper indicated the potential for control of tree diseases by chemotherapy and stimulated the prospects for control of such devastating vascular tree diseases as the Dutch elm disease.
Under Dr. Howard’s leadership, a strong program in turf management and disease control was developed at the University of Rhode Island, Kingston. Two of his major contributions with respect to turf disease control were the development of an eradicant fungicide for dollar spot control and a broad spectrum fungicide based on Malachite Green, which also served to “green-up” turf that was off-color. Both treatments were popular with golf course managers for a period of time.
Dr. Howard had a deep commitment to teaching introductory plant pathology. As a result of his high level of enthusiasm for the field of plant pathology and ability to transmit this excitement to his students, it is likely that more undergraduates entered the field of plant pathology on a per capita basis from the state of Rhode Island than from any other state. This record is even more remarkable when considering the lack of agricultural focus that characterized Rhode Island during this period. One of his greatest pleasures was to follow the progress of “his boys” and to continue to provide advice and encouragement to them after they had become established in the field of plant pathology. Many students who became interested in plant pathology under his influence attained distinction in their own careers; several became chairs of departments of plant pathology, two were elected to the National Academy of Sciences, and seven received the Fellow Award and one the Award of Distinction from The American Phytopathological Society (APS). Dr. Howard was also interested in international agriculture. Among several international assignments, he worked in Guatemala on a disease of chincona, in Italy on a problem on lemon trees, and in Costa Rica as a consultant on the Panama disease of bananas.
Dr. Howard received the Fellow Award of APS (1967) and was selected as a charter member of the College of Resource Development Hall of Fame of the University of Rhode Island (1992). He was a motivating force for the establishment of the Northeastern Division of APS and served as its fifth president. He also served as the first chair of the Finance and Investment Committee of the APS Foundation (1984–1990). Throughout his life, Dr. Howard also continued to be a strong supporter of the Mycological Society of America (MSA) and provided assistance in the development of the MSA Foundation Fund. After his retirement in 1971, he continued to attend national and international meetings and participated actively in the financial affairs of APS.
Early in his career, Dr. Howard married Dorothy Lee, who strongly supported his research activities. Her contributions were acknowledged with appreciation in publications of research in which she assisted him. She and one daughter preceded him in death. After the death of his first wife, Dr. Howard married Katherine Winslow, who survives him along with his two daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Congdon and Mrs. Henrietta Howard-Moineau; three stepdaughters; two stepsons; 13 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. Dr. Howard made many significant contributions in research and service to his university and profession. In particular, he will be remembered for his positive impact as an enthusiastic teacher of plant pathology.