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Southern Division Student/Post-Doc Travel Awards

Graduate students and post-doctoral researchers who are good-standing members of the Southern Division of the American Phytopathological Society, who plan to present a paper (oral or poster) at the Southern Division meeting, and who did not receive a travel grant the previous year are eligible to compete for a 2022 SD-APS Travel Grant. Up to five travel grants in the amount of $400 each may be awarded. The application will consist of a narrative statement of no more than 500 words describing the applicant’s academic interests, career goals, current academic status (including courses taken), and involvement in professional activities. Descriptions of innovative projects and/or research that the applicant has conducted and/or participated in should also be included. The applicant should state how participation in the meeting will lead toward achievement of professional goals. An abstract of the presentation must also be submitted as well as a confidential letter of recommendation from the student’s graduate advisor.

Applicants competing for the 2022 SD-APS Scholarship must 1) be enrolled in a graduate program in the Southern Division either at the time of, or within six months prior to, the abstract submission deadline or be a post-doctoral researcher at an institution in the Southern Division at the time of the abstract submission deadline; 2) be a member in good standing of the Southern Division at the time of the meeting; 3) present a paper at the annual meeting of the Southern Division based on work conducted at an institution in the Southern Division; 4) submit a completed application containing this Southern Division APS application form, the narrative statement described above, and a copy of the abstract to be presented as a single PDF; and 5) request a letter of support be submitted by their major advisor or PI supervisor.  Graduate students competing in the Graduate Student Research Competition are eligible for a 2022 SD-APS Travel Grant. The rubric used in judging applications can be found here.

COMPLETED APPLICATIONS AND LETTERS OF SUPPORT SHOULD BE SUBMITTED BY EMAIL TO:  SD-APS Vice President, Dan Anco at by January 7, 2022. Applicants will receive an email notification after their application has been received.

Scholarship recipients will be notified approximately one month before the meeting.

Previous Winners





​2022Chattanooga, TN​Tracy Hawk​​University of Tennessee Knoxville
​Sherif Sharfadine
University of Arkansas
​Usha Bhatta
​University of Georgia
​Wanita Dantes
​Clemson University
​Oluwakemisola "Kemi" Olofintila
​Auburn University
​Charleston, SC
​Renata Belisario
​University of Kentucky​

​Ravi Baka
​Tennessee State University

​Emily Boak
​Texas A&M University

​Noam Eckshtain-Levi
​University of NC at Chapel Hill

​Milan Panth​
​Tennessee State University
​Gainesville, FL
​Tracy Hawk​
​University of Arkansas

​Kathryn Haydon
​Universtiy of Arkansas

​Ying-Yu Liao
​University of Florida
​S. Corinne Rhodes
​Texas A&M AgriLife Ext Svc
Fayetteville, AR
Kelsey Andersen
University of Florida

Madison McCulloch University of Kentucky
Michelle Oliveira University of Florida
Shaun Stice University of Georgia
2017 College Station, TX Rodrigo Borba Onofre University of Florida

Chakradhar Mattupalli Nobel Foundation
Patricia Soria University of Florida
Jeffrey Standish University of Georgia
2016 Balm, FL Eduardo Chagas Ferreira da Silva Louisiana State University
Utsala Shresta University of Tennessee
Tessie Wilkerson Mississippi State University
2015 Atlanta, GA Tyler Dreaden University of Florida
Misbakhul Munir University of Kentucky
Peng Tian University of Georgia
2014 Dallas, TX Mary Helen Ferguson Louisiana State Univ
Eduardo Chagas Ferreira Da Silva Louisiana State Univ
Kirandeep Kaur Louisiana State Univ
Anna Selph Univ of Georgia
2013 Baton Rouge, LA Suzette Arcibal Univ of Georgia
Thomas Ingram Univ of Georgia
David Laughlin Texas A&M University
Rodrigo Olarte North Carolina State
Imana Power Univ of Georgia
2012 Birmingham, AL Oluseyi Fajolu Univ of Tennessee
Felix Francis Louisiana State Univ
Mala Ganiger Louisiana State Univ
Rattandeep Gill Univ of Georgia
Heather Young Univ of Florida
2011 Corpus Christi, TX Bhabesh Dutta Univ of Georgia
Hari Karki Louisiana State Univ
Rebecca Melanson Louisiana State Univ
Jennifer Miller Tarleton State Univ
Andrea Payne Oklahoma State Univ
Bindu Poudel Univ of Arkansas
Bishnu Shrestha Louisiana State Univ
Nicole Ward Louisiana State Univ
Washington da Silva Louisiana State Univ
Everlyne Wosula Louisiana State Univ
Jing Zhou Univ of Arkansas
2010 Orlando, FL Julie Campbell Texas A&M University
    Bhabesh Dutta  University of Georgia
    Kirthi Yadagiri  Clemson University
2009 Atlanta, GA Ashok Chanda Louisiana State University
2008 Dallas, TX Ryan Dunahoo University of Tennessee
    Brooke Edmunds North Carolina State University
    Dina Gutierrez Louisiana State University
    Yong-Soon Park Texas A&M University
    Cruz Torres Texas A&M University
2007 Mobile, AL Maritza Abril University of Southern Mississippi
    Wei-bo Dong University of Georgia
    Melinda Miller-Butler University of Southern Mississippi
    Jeffrey Wilson Texas Tech University
2006 Orlando, FL Samuel Njoroge Clemson University
    Silvinia Giammaria University of Arkansas
Brooke Edmunds North Carolina State University
Avneet Kaur Brar Alabama A&M University
2005 Little Rock, AR Sara Gremillioin University of Georgia
Damon Smith North Carolina State University
Jason Woodward University of Georgia

Click here for a list of APS Southern Division Travel Awardees from 2001 to 2010