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January 12, 2011

Birmingham-Southern College student receives scholarship to fund botany research

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Kate LeCroy, a junior biology major and Harrison Scholar at Birmingham-Southern College, is being rewarded for her research efforts aimed at documenting plant species in a particular habitat.

She has been awarded a $1,500 Blanche E. Dean Scholarship from the Alabama Wildflower Society. The award will fund her research at the large limestone quarry of the Ruffner Mountain Nature Center where she already has conducted a survey of flowering plants for environmental review.

Her work is part of an independent biology research course she's continuing through the January Interim Term under the supervision of BSC Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Peter Van Zandt and in collaboration with Dr. Larry Davenport of Samford University.

LeCroy of Pleasant Grove has been invited to talk about her research at the Alabama Wildflower Society meeting in April that will be held at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

This past summer, LeCroy received a Preparing Leaders and Nurturing Tomorrow's Scientists (PLANTS) Grant from the Botanical Society of America. She was one of only eight students nationwide selected to receive the grant, which supported her attendance at this year's Botany Conference in Providence, R.I.

"One of the connections she made at that meeting was with the Planting Science program that connects grade school science classes with college-level mentors," said Van Zandt. "This has given Kate a venue to share her newfound enthusiasm for plants and botanical research."

The Dean Scholarship is available to undergraduate and graduate students who are engaged in research in the areas of botany/ecology in Alabama. It honors the late Blanche E. Dean, an educator and environmental activist. A committee selects the recipients based upon the merit of the proposal they submit.

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