Young plant scientists are top emerging botanists

Two FIU biology students were recently recognized by the Botanical Society of America as the country’s top, emerging botanists.

Imeña Valdes and Rebecca Valls were among 27 students from the United States to receive the Young Botanist Award. Offering individual recognition to outstanding graduating seniors in the plant sciences, the award encourages participation in the Botanical Society of America, one of the world’s largest societies devoted to the study of plants and related organisms

“Both Imeña and Rebecca are filled with passion,” said Eric von Wettberg, professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and researcher with the Biomolecular Sciences Institute (BSI) and the International Center for Tropical Botany (ICTB), “I see this recognition of their promise as emerging botanists as a step towards graduate school and future careers in science. I am very proud of both of them.”

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