Recognition for Quality Research

The Southern Region IPPS is hosting the 2021 Charlie Parkerson Student Research Competition Online!

This year's virtual competition was on Friday, 8 October from 1 - 3 pm.

The most highly respected organization of nurserymen in the southern United States of America is offering three awards for original research results pertaining 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 students 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 we will use the same guidelines and deadlines as our prior on-site competition, but the students will present their posters and papers using the ZOOM platform. Three awards, $500, $250, and $150 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, three student papers will be selected to present a poster in an online poster session. Winners will be announced during the Southern Region Annual Meeting in Mobile, AL and a pre-recorded special announcement through IPPS SR YouTube.

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, along with a list of the student mentoring committee and coauthors by 15 August 2021. Students must register online through the SR- IPPS Charlie Parkerson Student Competition Registration form below. Papers must be received by 1 September 2021 and should be submitted to the program chair ( in an electronic format.

Competition information and research paper guidelines are also available at the links below.

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