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Ann Kelsey Student Botanical Project Fund

Call for Applications 

The Natural History Museum of Utah is pleased to invite University of Utah undergraduate and graduate students to apply for research funding from the Ann Kelsey Student Botanical Project Fund. 
To apply, please complete the sections below and submit your application and resume or CV. All fields are required. Maximum file size for attachments is 6MB.
Created to honor the memory of Ann Kelsey, the fund will award one or two gifts of approximately $500-$1,000 to support a student conducting field- or lab-based botanical research that is linked to the Museum’s Garrett Herbarium collections. Eligible projects can involve study of existing specimens in the NHMU collection or the contribution of new specimens. 
Ann served the Natural History Museum of Utah for 23 years as the Collections Manager of the Garrett Herbarium. She was passionate about the importance of botanical collections, an inspirational colleague, and a tremendous resource for the botanical community. When she passed away in 2013, this fund was established with the many gifts made to the Museum in her memory.
The Kelsey Fund was established to support students conducting botanical research that highlights the important role of Museum collections – either through studying existing specimens or contributing new specimens to the Garrett Herbarium. The funds are designed to support a project for up to one year and are being facilitated by the Garrett Herbarium staff at the Natural History Museum of Utah and faculty partners at the University of Utah. 

Additional details

  • The successful applicant will present his or her findings to the public in a Natural History Museum of Utah Scientist in the Spotlight program, or an equivalent venue, no later than December 31, 2023.
  • Any enrolled University of Utah student (undergraduate or graduate) is eligible for funding
  • Applications for 2023 funding are due by 5 p.m. MST on March 31, 2023. The selection committee will then review applications. The recipient will be notified by April 14, 2023. 
To apply for funding, please prepare an application, in PDF or Word format (.doc or .docx), that includes the following and submit it using the online form below:
  • An overview of your research project, not to exceed 750 words
  • Proposed use of funding (eligible uses include travel expenses, lab supplies, field supplies.)


Contact Allison Izaksonas, the Herbarium Collections Manager, at (801) 587-5745, or by email.

About the Garrett Herbarium

The Garrett Herbarium was established in the late 1800s, and includes more than 133,000 vascular plant specimens and is an important regional and national resource for information on plant biodiversity. No other collection in the world has such a complete representation of plants from the Wasatch Front and Salt Lake Valley. As the flora of our region is altered and displaced by urbanization, the herbarium provides a crucial historic baseline from which to measure the environmental health of the entire Salt Lake region.