SNA announces student research travel grant program

SNA announces student research travel grant program

The travel grants are available for 2020 SNA Student Research Competition participants.


ATLANTA, Ga. – On Oct. 10, the Southern Nursery Association (SNA) announced a new program designed to offer financial aid through travel reimbursements to students presenting in the Bryson L. James Student Research Competition at the 2020 SNA Research Conference. The SNA Research Conference will be held concurrently with The SNA Conference from Jan. 6-7, 2020, at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland, two days before the opening of MANTS, Jan. 8-10. This location also allows students exposure to one of the largest horticultural trade shows in the country.

The student competition offers an opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students to present their latest research results, hone their communication skills and compete for cash awards. These students historically demonstrate strong academic and research ability and move forward in the industry to make outstanding contributions.

The competition is named for Dr. Bryson L. James who not only served as director of Horticultural Research for the SNA, coordinator of the conference and editor of the Annual Proceedings for 37 years but was active in the SNA Research Conference for nearly 50 years. The student competition is funded by Bennett's Creek Nursery and Lancaster Farms. The travel grant program is sponsored by AgiStarts, Saunders Brothers, the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) and the Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund. Students will be reimbursed $300 toward costs related to traveling to and participating in this competition (e.g. airfare, mileage, hotel, meals), based upon available funds.

The SNA Research Conference, which began in 1956, is the country’s longest running woody ornamental research conference and has become world-renowned for quality research. Participants are the top horticultural research and educational leaders from across the country. Topics are divided into thirteen categories and shared in presentations that run approximately seven minutes each. These categories include: Container Grown Plant Production, Economics and Marketing Engineering, Structures and Innovations, Entomology, Field Production, Floriculture, Growth Regulators, Landscape, Pathology and Nematology, Plant Breeding and Evaluation, Propagation, Water Management, and Weed Control.

Research presented at the SNA Research Conference is published in the annual publication "SNA Research Conference Proceedings" available on the SNA website at  Proceedings from 1991-2019 are available with 3,136 titles comprised of 12,393 pages.

“Research is vital to our industry, and the SNA Research Conference has provided a forum for horticultural researchers to communicate relevant and recent research findings to the industry for the past 64 years,” said Karen Summers, SNA executive vice president. 

The application deadline is Nov. 29. Student Travel Grant Applications can be downloaded from the SNA website under the Research and Education tab at More details of the 2020 SNA Conference, the SNA Research Conference, and the Bryson L. James Student Research Competition is available on the SNA website at For more information, contact the Southern Nursery Association, Inc., PO Box 801454, Acworth, GA 30101, 678.809.9992,, or visit the SNA website at