Davis Botanical Society
Research Grant Application Guidelines for 2015

Each year, the Davis Botanical Society awards research grants to UC Davis undergraduate and graduate students to carry out:

  • field-oriented botany projects in taxonomy, evolutionary biology, ecology, and/or floristics; or
  • research projects related to the cultivation and propagation of succulents (or horticultural materials of these groups).

For 2015, up to three grants of $1500 - $2000 will be awarded.  As part of the requirement of the funded projects, it is expected that plant voucher specimens and/or population samples will be obtained during the field component of the project and deposited in the UC Davis Center for Plant Diversity herbarium or the UC Davis Conservatory as a return contribution.  Grant recipients are invited to contact herbarium staff for information on the proper collection, preparation, and documentation of voucher specimens (

Grant proposals must include the following information.

  • Project title and project description.  The project description should include a statement of objectives, hypotheses to be tested, materials and methods, anticipated results, expected completion date, and plans for collection and disposition of voucher specimens. The project description should be no longer than three typewritten pages, single-spaced (12-point font size).
  • Collaborators, if any, should be identified and their roles in the project described. If the project is being carried out under the guidance of a faculty advisor, the advisor should be identified and asked to submit a letter of recommendation directly to us at the e-mail addresses below.
  • Applicant’s present position and qualifications to carry out the proposed research. Briefly explain why you will be well-prepared to complete this project with a good chance of success. If the applicant has received a previous award from the Davis Botanical Society, a one to two page summary of the results and an accounting of the funds are required.
  • Proposed budget.  Grant funds are intended only for travel expenses, appropriate and necessary equipment, and expendable supplies.  The funds are not for salaries.
  • Applicant’s name, UC Davis campus address, telephone number, and e-mail address.
  • Name and e-mail address of the accounts manager in the applicant’s home department.
Applications must be submitted electronically by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 to the Davis Botanical Society Student Grants Committee, chaired by Andrew Latimer (UCD Department of Plant Sciences), as an e-mail attachment sent to,,, and Applicants will be notified whether they have been granted an award by April 17, 2014.