Xing-Chen Li (Jasmine Lee) next to Begonia grandis Dryland, is a Master’s Degree candidate at the College of Forestry, Guizhou University, Guizhou, China. She was awarded a Student Convention Grant. She sent in a pre-recorded mp4, slide show presentation, “Begonia L. (Begoniaceae) from the Guizhou Plateau, China-A Brief Description” which was presented at the annual ABS Convention in Atlanta, Georgia. | Photo Credit: Yu-lu Zhou

Student Convention Grants  

The American Begonia Society (ABS) is pleased to announce that the application process to apply for the 2023 ABS Student Convention Grant is now open. These grants will be awarded on a competitive basis to students interested in or actively studying the plant family Begoniaceae. The grants were established to promote student and future researchers’ participation in ABS and to encourage new research in Begoniaceae. Deadline to submit application is March 15, 2023

Students who receive the grant will:

  • Receive complimentary registration for the 2023 Annual Convention in Tyler, Texas (May 24 – May 27, 2023).
  • Receive an honorarium to cover registration costs and expenses such as meals and shared-room accommodations.
  • Grant recipients will also receive a complimentary ABS membership.
  • It is expected that each award recipient will prepare and present a 10–12-minute program at the Society’s convention.
  • Grant recipients will be notified by email of their award status by April 1, 2023 and will need to prepare, pre-record, and submit their presentations by April 15.
  • If you have any questions about the application or this convention, please email

What is the ABS Annual Convention?

The ABS annual convention is for Begonia enthusiasts and researchers alike. It is a social opportunity to come together to learn about an array of Begonia species and cultivars via presentations focusing on recent research, field work, and the culture of begonias. Learn more about the 2023 ABS Convention.

Application Guidelines for 2022 Student Convention Grants

  1. Applications are due by March 15, 2023.
  2. Applicants should send the following (with the subject line: Student Convention Grant Application) in an attachment (preferably a single PDF document) to and include:
    1. Name, institutional affiliation, address, telephone, and email information.
    2. A 200 to 400 word description of research goals and education.
    3. A curriculum vitae (CV) not to exceed one US letter-sized page.
    4. The title and brief description of the lecture to be pre-recorded for presentation at this year’s convention. For example, “Sophie Cecile” would label her file “Cecile_S_PDF”. Applications exceeding the specified length for description and CV will not be accepted.
    5. A signed letter of recommendation from the applicant’s major advisor or faculty representative (as a separate document) should be sent to with the applicant’s name in the subject line. For example, “Recommendation Letter for Sophie Cecile Student Convention Grant Application 2023”.

David Esteban Granados Zarate-is a Master’s candidate at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. He was awarded a Student Convention Grant in 2022 and sent in a pre-recorded, mp4 slide show presentation, “Systematics of the Begonia section Lepsia, what we know and what we want to know?” which was presented at the annual ABS Convention in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo credit: Luz Helena Zárate

Maverick Tamayo, a graduate teaching Assistant, Texas Christian University, and Director of Research, Philippine Taxonomic Initiative, Inc.,( PTI) attending one of the lectures at the SWR Get-Together. Later he applied and was awarded a Student Convention Grant to attend the annual ABS Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, where he delivered his presentation “157 and Counting: The Philippine Begoniaceae.”
Photo credit: Stephen Maciejewski