Research Grant Recipients
2021 Dr. Paul Polechla Jr., Ph.D.
The Research Grant Committee is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Paul Polechla Jr., Ph.D. as the 2021 HSA Research Grant recipient. The project funded by HSA is “Best Cultivation Techniques of traditional New Mexico Native and Introduced (New World and Old World) Herb Species"
2020 Matthew Rubin, Ph.D.
The Research Grant Committee is pleased to announce the selection of Matthew Rubin, Ph.D. as the 2020 HSA Research Grant recipient. The project funded by HSA is “Characterizing patterns of phenotypic variation and covariation in natural populations of American Licorice (Glycyrrhiza lepidota).”
2019 Vicki Motz, Ph.D. with Lyn Young
The Research Grant Committee is pleased to announce the selection of Vicki Motz, Ph.D. with Lyn Young as the 2019 HSA Research Grant recipient. Their project is “Comparative Antibiotic Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory Activity of Four Monarda Species.”
2018 Steven N. Jeffers, Ph.D
The Research Grant Committee is pleased to announce the selection of Steven N. Jeffers, Ph.D., as the 2018-2019 Research Grant Recipient. The project funded by HSA is "."Evaluation of fungicides for managing phytophthora root and crown rot in Lavender."
2017 John Taylor, Ph.D.
The Research Grant Committee is pleased to announce the selection of John Taylor, Ph.D., as the 2017-2018 Research Grant Recipient. The project funded by HSA is "Current and Historical Production and Use of Herbs by Ethnic and Migrant Communities in Greater Providence, Rhode Island."
2016 Margaret Skinner, Ph.D.
The Research Grant Committee is pleased to announce the selection of Margaret Skinner, Ph.D., as the 2016-2017 Research Grant Recipient. The project funded by HSA is "Quality Assessment of Saffron Grown in Northern New England-Determine quality of saffron grown in Vermont high tunnels."
2015 Delini Samarasinghe
The Research Grant Committee is pleased to announce the selection of Delini Samarasinghe as the 2015-16 Research Grant Recipient. The project funded by HSA is "Understanding the regulation of artemisinin biosynthesis in the antimalarial herb Artemisia annua L.: effects of salt stress."
2014 Dr. Michael Olszewski – Temple University
Growth of herbs on a green roof; effect of media components on physical characteristics, moisture retention and nutrient uptake and growth of basil, rosemary, oregano, mint and sage. Using biochar as the growth medium plans to study the results of growing herb on a rooftop gardens.
2013 Dr. Chastity Bradford & Dr. Willard Collier
Investigating Angiotensin 1-7 Enhancement by Hibiscus sabdariffa as a novel therapeutic strategy for treatment of Pulmonary Hypertension.
2012 Maciej A. Pszczolkowski
A green alternative to an organophosphate neurotoxin: preventing apple infestation by codling moth with an extract from a US native plant. To identify insect feeding deterrents from Artemisia ludoviciana (Nutt.) a species native to North America, thereby reducing pesticide use on apple plantations.
2011 Grant Gooden
Out of the Bushes and into the Trees: Application of Next Generation Sequencing Technologies and Comparative Plastid Genomics in Current Challenges in Mint Systematics. To generate the first chloroplast genomes in the mint family (Lamiaceae) and to advance mint systematics for the benefit of both science and humanity.
2008 Laura Wright
Turmeric and Ginger Extracts in the Prevention of Osteoclastic Bone Destruction-determine relative efficacies of chemical components of turmeric and ginger in the inhibition of osteoclast differentiation
2007 Jeanne Peters
Evaluation of nonanoic acid and Trichoderma hazianum as biocontrol control in the suppression of Pythium ssp. and Botrytis cincera in Ocimum bascilicum L.
2006 Julie Wyatt
Limiting similarity and species co-existence in the herbaceous layer of old growth and secondary forests
2003 Rachel Williams
Dissection of the complex patterns of polyploidy formation in Pycnanthemum (Lamiaceae) using phylogenies based on nrITS sequence data
2003 Aswini Pai
Genetic diversity of Acorus calamus
2002 Joanne K. Morse, Ph.D.
Relationships between Gingko biloba and Ginseng on Apoptosis in Alzheimer’s fibroblasts
2001 Jessie Anne Keith
Plant Systematics and Phylogenetics
2000 Allison Davis
Preserving knowledge of traditional plants in the Houma Community of Louisiana
2000 Alain Touwaide
Plant representations in Byzantium-A pictorial dictionary
1999 Martha A. Case, Ph.D.
Localization and conservation of genetic variation in ginseng (Panax quinquefolius): An imperiled American herb
1997 James A. Bauml & Stacy Schaefer
Traditional dye plants of the Huichol Indians of Mexico
Grant for Educators Recipients
2016 Fayette Academy, Cordonva, Tennessee
The project funded included students in grades PK-10, who actively conducted STEM plant hands-om projects in the schools Action Garden.
2015 Mendota Mental Health Institute — Growing Herbs for Leisure, Skill Building and Therapeutic
Benefit in a Mental 2015 Health Setting – Madison, Wisconsin
The goal of this project is to incorporate the growth, appreciation, and use of herbs in a rehabilitation program.
2014 Jodi Songer Riedel, Wakefield High School, Raleigh, NC
Students will collaborate to research herbs, design and install a garden, cultivate and harvest the herbs and prepare and preserve the herbs. Over 150 will cultivate the gardens each year and a diverse student population of 2,900 will ultimately observe and experience the garden. Students will construct wreaths, cook foods and produce preserves that will be canned. This is a sustainable project that will cover numerous Agricultural Education course objectives. In addition, student will incorporate writing and 21st century skills by authoring a bi-weekly blog about the garden.
2014 Regan Emmons, The Arboretum at Flagstaff, Flagstaff, AZ
To augment our existing herb garden and use this area to expand our public education programming around herbs by adding more native, heirloom and traditional herb and vegetable varieties of the Colorado Plateau. During events and our daily docent tours, we will showcase this expansion and provide educational outreach about the historical and cultural uses of herbs, including the “three sisters” (beans, corn, and squash), a Native American practice of companion planting used in this region. We will further experiment and educate on the concept of companion planting by inter-planting herbs with vegetables to determine if they will deter rodents and subsequently protect vegetables from herbivory.
2013 St. Tammany Parish, LA
Outdoor Classroom Organic Gardening and Compositing: Students learn horticultural skills, natural sciences, advanced mathematics, language arts, technology, social studies, health and consumer sciences, philanthropy and entrepreneurship
2013 Marais des Cygnes Society
Beyond Parsley – Broadening Herbal Horizons: Using heritage herb gardens, children will learn the historical Butler, MO uses of herbs and the value and use of herbs in an overall nutrition program
2012 North Union Farmers Market
In 2011 the Mighty Locavores program was introduced to Cleveland public schools and in 2012 the project will be expanded to rural and suburban schools. The Mighty Locavores program will be featured at the Annual Garlic Festival in the "Growin' with Garlic and Herbs area. This grant will underwrite the children's herb-growing activities of the festival.
2011 Massachusetts Audubon Society
Learning Landscapes – professional signage Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary and educational materials
2008 Dr. Margaret Conover
Beyond the Chia Pet
2007 Emily M. Habinck
Herbs and Herbarium
2005 Patricia Larson
Our School Subherban Garden
Samull Classroom Herb Garden Grant Recipients
2017 - 2018
David Lawrence Jr. K-8 Center-North Miami, FL
Eagle Peak Montessori School-Walnut Creek, CA
Hardyston Middle School-Hamburg, NJ
Ignite Achievement Academy-Indianapolis, IN
Iroquois Elementary School-Erie, PA
Jemison Intermediate School-Jemison, AL
Lew Wallace Elementary School-Albuquerque, NM
St. Anne School-Bristol, VA
Stephen Foster Elementary-Gainesville, FL
Abigail Adams Middle School, Weymouth, MA
Audubon Elementary School, Merritt Island, FL
Burgess Elementary School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Chet's Creek Elementary School, Jacksonville, FL
Della Davidson Elementary School, Oxford, MS
G.W. Carver Elementary School, Yuma, AZ
Jefferson Elementary School, Normandy, St. Louis, MO
Nightingale Montessori School, Springfield, OH
Russell Lee Elementary School, Austin, TX
Whitehall Memorial Elementary, Whitehall, WI
Indoor Herb Garden
Bailey Middle School, Cornelius, NC
Evergreen Middle School, Brooklyn, NY
Jere Whitston Elementary School, Cookville, TN
Albert Hall School, Waterville, ME
Outdoor Herb Garden
Douglas Elementary, Tyler, TX
Dahlonegah Public School, Stilwell, OK
6th Street Elementary, Silver City, NM
Simonton Elementary School, Lawrenceville, GA
South Side Elementary Museum Magnet School, Miami, FL
Creekside Middle School, Port Orange, Florida
Matapeake Elementary School, Stevensville, Maryland
Pinecrest School, Annadale, Virginia
St. Augustine Catholic School, Richmond, Michigan
Charles E. Boger Elementary School, Kannapolis, North Carolina
Cougar Run Elementary, Highlands Ranch, Colorado
Grant Elementary, San Diego, California
Tuskegee Public School, Tuskegee Alabama
Whiting School, Whiting, New Jersey
Helen Tyson Middle School, Springdale, Arkansas
PS 124, Yung Wing Elementary, New York, New York
Thea Bowman Leadership Academy, Gary, Indiana
Woodside Avenue School, Franklin Lakes, New Jersey
Camellia Basic Elementary, Sacramento, California
Grant Avenue, Bronx, New York
Hiseville Elementary, Hiseville, Kentucky
Kids Unlimited Academy, Toledo, Ohio
Myersville Elementary, Myersville, Maryland
Central Elementary School, Franklin, Pennsylvania
Corley Elementary School, Lawrenceville, Georgia
Eastover Elementary School, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Oak Hill Academy, Lincroft, New Jersey
Bonsall Elementary, Bonsall, California
Champlain Elementary, Burlington, Vermont
Glade Run School, Zelienople, Pennsylvania
Seven Generations Charter School, Emmaus, Pennsylvania
Wilkinson Middle School, Madison Heights, Michigan
Los Angeles Academy, Los Angeles, California
MMI Preparatory School, Freeland, Pennsylvania
St. Stevens Academy, Zelienople, Pennsylvania
Worthington Hooker School, New Haven, Connecticut
Buena Vista Enhanced Option School, Nashville, Tennessee
Goshen Center School, Goshen, Connecticut
Pilot Grove C-4 Elementary, Pilot Grove, Missouri
Richmond Elementary School, Richmond, Vermont
Robert J. Obrien School, East Hartford, Connecticut
The Mickey Mantle School, New York, New York
Euclid Schools, Special Education Classroom, Euclid, Ohio