Val Williams Scholarship in Botany
The Val Williams Scholarship in Botany is sponsored by the North Shore Group of the Australian Plants Society. The Scholarship honours the memory of our former esteemed member, Val Williams (1937-2004). There is a wonderful account of Val's life and achievements on the Australian Flora Foundation website here.
Applications are sought firstly from Honours students and also from Masters or PhD students undertaking research at universities in the Sydney region.
The project must contribute to the knowledge of the ecology, conservation or propagation of native plants in the Sydney and surrounding regions.
See below for details of the 2023 winner and a link to earlier years.
Round Fifteen - 2023
Applications for the 2023 Scholarship have closed.
Val Williams Scholarship in Botany $3,500
This scholarship is awarded by the North Shore Group of the Australian Plants Society to Honours, Masters and PhD students of Botany.
Applications for the 2023 scholarship close on 3th March 2023. Scholarship conditions are described in the 2023 scholarship application forms. Application forms for the 2023 scholarship are available as pdf or word files.VW Scholarship Application Information 2023.pdf
VW Scholarship Application Form 2023.pdf
VW Scholarship Application Form 2023.docx
Please note: No part of this scholarship can be used to cover administration costs.
Application Time line for Round Fifteen:
More information: email: email@example.com, Phone: 0415 043 671
Val Williams Scholarship in Botany - Recipient 2023 Sashini Perera
This year, the Val Williams Scholarship has been awarded to a PhD student from Macquarie University called Sashini Perera.
Sashini's proposed research builds on an existing field experiment at the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan wherein 10 species were chosen that have widespread native distributions across the New South Wales region. For each species, two very different provenances were selected. The contrasting climates are local Western Sydney climate and a hotter, drier climate.
The research proposes to investigate the influence of climate provenance on survival and plant performance with a view to predicting the success of species if Western Sydney becomes hotter and drier.
The second aspect of the project investigates the effect of addition of bio-char (charcoal) to the soil with and without microbial inoculation, under drought conditions.The funds from the scholarship will enable the addition of a complementary glasshouse experiment, enable foliar nutrient analyses for both the field and glasshouse experiments and soil nutrient analysis of the field experiment. These will enable better assessment of the efficacy of the soil amendments for plant performance.
Previous Recipients of the Val Williams Scholarship in Botany
2022 Sarah McInnes
2021 Harriet Simpson-Southward
2020 Shubham Chhajed
2019 Farhad Masoomi-Aladizgeh
2018 Susan Everingham and John Whale
2017 Aaron Phillips
2016 Johanna Wong
2015 Jon Pankhurst
2014 Desi Quintans
2013 Jessica Mowle
2012 Diane Warman and Berin Mackenzie
2011 Nathan Emery and Tanya Bangel
2010 Alison Hewitt
2009 Liza XianDetails of these winners and their projects can be found here.