Charlie Parkerson Student Research Competition

Oral and Poster Presentation winners from the 41st Annual Meeting in Virginia Beach, VA

Recognition for Quality Research

The most highly respected organization of nurserymen in the southern United States of America is offering three awards for original research results pertinent to the production of horticultural crops in the southern USA. Graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in any university, junior, community, or four-year colleges are eligible.Three students will be selected to present oral presentations and four students for poster presentations at the meeting. In past years, the student’s have reported on many aspects of horticulture – macro and micropropagation, rooting hormones, new substrates, herbicide movement in runoff water, and weed control in nursery production.

This year’s meeting will be October 24 -28, 2019, in Tulsa, OK. Three awards, $1,000, $500, and $250 will be given to first, second and third place papers, respectively. This is a great opportunity for students to present their research and meet many of the leading growers in the Southeast. In addition, the society awards a travel grant up to $500 for each student presenting an oral presentation. Also, three student papers will be selected for poster presentations at the meeting. Poster winners will receive a $500 travel grant to the meeting.

Please download the competition cover letter below, as well as the competition rules.

Please share this information with your colleagues who may have students with research projects that would be of interest to the society. If you have any questions, please give me a call at 850-983-7130 or E-mail Each student must submit the title of his or her paper by August 15, 2020 to the chairman of the Student Research Award Program. Titles will be accepted in any media form (fax, e-mail, or post). Papers must be received by September 1, 2020 and should be submitted in an electronic format. I would like to thank those who have participated in past years and supported the efforts of the student competition. Remember, our Society’s motto is to seek and to share!

Best regards,

Mack Thetford

SR-IPPS Student Competition Chair