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SNA Awards Students at Competition

The awarded topics ranged from propagation, irrigation and water use, to urban farming systems. The conference aims to recognize recent and relevant research findings while providing topics for industry leaders to discuss in forums and consolidated research programs.


The Southern Nursery Association, Inc. (SNA) awarded five students from 4 universities a total of $1,800 for their presentations at the Bryson L. James Student Competition. The competition is divided into three categories of Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. and judging is based on both oral presentation and paper presentation.

The competition is named in honor of Dr. Bryson L. James, a researcher and consultant who served for more than 30 years as SNA Director of Research. The conference not only provides a forum for horticultural researchers but is also the country's longest running woody ornamental research conference. The conference attracts the country's top horticultural research and educational leaders.

First place winners of $500 each included:
Jenny B. Ryals, Mississippi State University (Ph.D.)
• Title: Soft and Semi-Hardwood Cutting Propagation of Shumaka™ Crape Myrtle

Mary Lewis, University of Georgia (M.S.)
• Title: Hybridization of Native Asclepias Species for the Creation of Novel Cultivars

Second place winners of $300 each included:
Lauren Garcia Chance, Clemson University (Ph.D.)
• Title: South Carolina Irrigation Source Water Use and Concerns for the Specialty Crops Production Industry

Ian Howard, University of Maryland (M.S.)
• Title: Modifying Green Roof Substrates for Nutrient Retention in Urban Farming Systems

Third place winners of $200 each included:
Kaitlin Barrios, University of Georgia (Ph.D.)
• Title: Flurprimidol and Paclobutrazol Drench Applications Influence Growth of Helianthus simulans



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