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Research Grant Applications are due by January 31, 2023.

Grants & Scholarships

Past Research Grant Recipients

Past HSA Recipients

Research Grant Recipients

2022   Toshiro Obata, PhD

The Research Grant Committee is pleased to announce the selection of Toshiro Obata, PhD from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln for his proposal, “Seasonal variation of chemical compositions in tissues of North American herbal medicine plant, Lomatium foeniculaceum ssp Dauciflium.”

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

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