John E. Fairey – Southern Appalachian Botanical Society Biological Field Station Scholarship

The Scholarship honors the life and contributions of John E. Fairey III by providing students access to the transformational educational experience of studying botany at a dedicated field station.

It is the hope of the society that the scholarships will positively impact both the student and the field station they attend.

2019

Award Recipients

John E. Fairey

Raised in the small town of Rowesville, South Carolina, he pursued his undergraduate studies at the University of South Carolina, studying botany with Drs. Wade Batson and John Herr. He went on to earn M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at West Virginia University under the supervision of Dr. Earl Core, one of the founders of what was then the Southern Appalachian Botanical Club (SABC).

Dr. Fairey played a major role in the SABC during his long faculty career at Clemson University. He served the SABC as Vice-President in 1981 and President in 1982 and remained active for the rest of his life, as the organization evolved into its current form as the Southern Appalachian Botanical Society (SABS).

Fairey Biological Field Station Scholarship Requirements

  • Applicant must be a member of the Southern Appalachian Botanical Society (SABS).

  • Applicants should be undergraduate or graduate students at an accredited college or university in the United States. Student applications should explain their financial need, and how this scholarship will enable them to take the course.

  • A professor or academic advisor must attest to the applicant’s student status.

  • Award applications for consideration each year must be received by the committee chair no later than March 23, 2020.

  • Recipients of a John E. Fairey – SABS– Biological Field Station Scholarship are expected to submit a summary about their field station course experience for publication in Chinquapin (our newsletter).

Fairey Biological Field Station Scholarship Information

  • Support in the form of a John E. Fairey – Biological Field Station Scholarship will be presented to an individual student only once.

  • Scholarship is for a student (undergraduate or graduate) to enroll in a botany workshop or course at a biological field station, and not to directly to support an extended stay at a field station for research (see the SABS Earl Core Student Research Award). If you have questions regarding your activity fitting the criteria of a botany workshop or course please contact the Committee Chair.

  • Awards will be submitted directly to the field station for tuition rather than to the scholarship awardee.

  • The Biological Field station can be located anywhere and is not restricted to the USA.

  • Awards will be determined on a competitive basis with the applications reviewed and awardee(s) selected by the John E. Fairey – SABS– Biological Field Station Scholarship Committee. Should a member of the committee be a mentor or advisor of an applicant, he/she will be excused as a reviewer for that proposal.

  • Timeline:
    • The chair will transmit copies of each application to other members of the committee and will subsequently report the decision of the committee to the Society president by April 1st.
    • Award recipients will be announced in April at the annual meeting of SABS.

John E. Fairey – Southern Appalachian Botanical Society Biological Field Station Scholarship Committee

Jonathan Horton

Term:
2017 - 2020

Jay Bolin

Term:
2017 - 2020

Mike Held

Term:
2017 - 2020

John E. Fairey – Southern Appalachian Botanical Society Biological Field Station Scholarship Recipients

2019

Brandy Benz (North Carolina State Univ.)
Fern Identification & Ecology Course,
at Highlands Biological Station

Robert Helsel (Rutgers Univ.)
Mosses: Structure, Ecology, & Identification Course,
at Eagle Hill Institute

Aryan Kadkhodaei (Univ. of Virginia)
Plant Diversity/Evolution/Conservation Course,
at Mountain Lake Biological Station

2018

Emily Ulman, (North Carolina State University), Lichenology Workshop,
at Highlands Biological Station

Field Stations in the Southeast

Archbold Biological Station
Belle W. Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Service
Highlands Biological Station
Eagle Hill Institute
Blue Ridge Discovery Center
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
CEDAR POINT BIOLOGICAL STATION
Cornell Biological Field Station at Shackelton Point
Mt Cuba Center
Harvard Forest
Hancock Biological Station
Organization of Biological Field Stations
Mountain Lake Biological Station
University of Tenn. Knoxville Biology Field Station
Pinelands Field Station – Rutgers Division of Pinelands Research
MacLeish Field Station - Smith College