American Public Gardens Association Conference 2018

Southern California

June 4-8, 2018


Student Research Presentation Session

The Association is now accepting abstracts for submission to the Student Research Presentation Session at the 2018 Annual Conference, which will be held June 4-8 in Southern California.

Session Description

The Student Research Presentation Session is devoted exclusively to research findings presented by undergraduate and/or graduate students, and will consist of several 15-minute oral presentations. The session is intended to encourage discussion and facilitate the exchange of current, research-based information pertaining to public horticulture. It also provides an opportunity for students at universities and public horticulture institutions to gain public speaking experience in a professional environment, and presents a forum in which existing professionals may meet their rising peers.

Topic Areas

Research abstracts addressing diverse topics within the field of public horticulture are welcome. Examples of such topics are as follows:

  • Horticultural exhibition and display
  • Plant collections policy and development
  • Plant-based science
  • Conservation initiatives
  • Development and fundraising
  • Education, interpretation, and public programming
  • Institutional relationships and outreach
  • Marketing and promotion


In order for abstracts to be considered, the following requirements must be met:

  • The author must be a current undergraduate or graduate student, a student intern, or a recently graduated student (within the past year) who conducted their work prior to graduation. Students must be from accredited institutions of higher education.
  • The person presenting the abstract must be the author or a co-author of the abstract.
  • Accepted presenters must be registered and paid in full for the Annual Conference by April 18, 2018. Otherwise, the Association will remove the abstract from the program.
  • Oral or display/poster presentations are not required, but are strongly preferred as a prerequisite to receive a student travel award for the American Public Gardens Association 2017 Conference.

Submission Deadline March 16, 2018

Selection Process

All abstract submissions will be considered independently from other 2018 Conference sessions.

The Abstract Review and Selection Committee has full authority to accept or reject an abstract upon evaluation of the title and abstract. Rejection of an abstract by this Committee will be considered final.

Submission Details

To submit an abstract, go to the APGA Abstract Submission site and submit an abstract by March 16, 2018, by 3:00 pm E.T.


For more information, contact Sarah Beck: