Eric E. Conn Young Investigator Award

The Eric E. Conn Young Investigator Award, first given by the Society in 2011, honors Eric E. Conn’s contributions in plant biology by recognizing young scientists who will be inspired to follow in his footsteps. The award recognizes not only outstanding research but also demonstrated excellence in outreach, public service, mentoring, or teaching by plant scientists at the beginning of their careers. This award is a monetary award made biennially for demonstrated commitment by a member of the Society who is generally not more than five years post-Ph.D. on January 1st of the year of the presentation. It also provides a one year membership to the Society. Breaks in careers will be considered when addressing the time limit of this award.

2023 Winner: Kadeem Gilbert

Dr. Kadeem Gilbert is recognized for his valuable contributions in evolution and ecology and his commitment to meaningful outreach and service. Kadeem is known for his studies on the evolution of diverse traits in carnivorous pitcher plants and the resulting ecological consequences. His integrative research, which combines field ecology, comparative phylogenetics, and transcriptomic methods, provides insights into how the physiology of plants actively modifies leaf surface microbiomes. Along with his dedication to teaching, mentoring, and service, Kadeem has a strong record of outreach and engagement with the public, including middle and high school students and teachers, on topics ranging from the biology of carnivorous plants to understanding phylogenetic trees and how to prepare for a career in science.

Caren Chang, Chair (2016 – 2023)
Katie Murphy, past winner (2022-2023)
Tobias Baskin (2023-2027)
Pablo Jenik (2023-2027)
Martha Ibore Natukunda (2023-2027)
Sylvia Lee, Staff Liaison