ESP graduate student is awarded a National Geographic Career Grant


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Congratulations are in order!

PhD student Elizabeth (Betsy) Collins has been awarded an Early Career Grant in the amount of $10,000.00 by the National Geographic Society’s Committee for Research and Exploration in support of her proposed project, “Holy Wood: A Powerful Tool for Understanding and Healing the Endangered Dry Forest”.

Betsy’s dissertation research focuses on defining species boundaries and studying the population genetics of the tropical tree, Bursera graveolens (palo santo), to better understand the evolutionary processes driving the formation of the dry forest biome in the Americas.

Important Dates for Students

SPRING 2020 Semester (modified due to COVID-19)

MLK Day (university closed): Jan 20

First day of classes: Jan 21

Spring Break (extended): Mar 9-20

Dissertation/Thesis Deadline: May 8

Last day of classes: May 11

Reading Day(s): May 12

Final Exam Period: May 13-20

University Commencement: May 22 (tentative)

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