Botanical Society of Western Pennsylvania

Founded in 1886, the Botanical Society of Western Pennsylvania (BSWP) is one of the oldest botanical organizations in the country. To continue this long history of botanical curiosity and education, BSWP is excited to support undergraduate student research on the flora of Western Pennsylvania.

Eligibility: Students enrolled in an undergraduate degree program or within one year of receiving an undergraduate degree. Either student or the student’s research mentor must be a member of the society. To become a member or to renew a membership, please visit

Scope: Research on any aspect of botany in Western Pennsylvania or immediate region. Projects may be broader in scale than Western Pennsylvania but must include at least one species found in the region. Any combination of field, greenhouse, lab, or herbarium work is supported.  

Amount: $500 per award, but higher amounts may be considered based on need. Two (2) awards are expected to be given in 2022.

Application Materials

1) a title page listing student’s name, school affiliation (including major and anticipated graduation date), and research advisor’s name and proposal title; 

2) a project description (max 2 pages), including summary of project, timeline of activities, itemized budget, and references cited;

3) one letter of recommendation from the student’s research advisor.

Student applicant and/or research mentor must be a BSWP member at the time of application.

Awards will be made on a competitive basis with the applications reviewed by the Awards Committee. Should a member of the committee be the research advisor of an applicant, he/she will be excused as a reviewer for that proposal.

Awardees are expected to provide a paragraph summary of their project to be published in Wildflowers (BSWP biannual bulletin) and will be encouraged to present their research at a BSWP meeting and/or PA Botany Symposium poster session.

All materials should be sent electronically to the BSWP Awards Committee at Please include title page and project description in a single PDF. The letter of recommendation may be sent separately from the student’s materials.

The deadline is April 1, 2022. We anticipate announcing awards by May 1.