New College researchers present at Botany 2018 Conference

From left, New College Research Scholar and Selby Research Associate Brian Sidoti, student Elena Meyer, Assistant Professor of Biology Brad Oberle, and students Liliana Benitez and Elizabeth White presented their botany research at an international conference in July.
From left, New College Research Scholar and Selby Research Associate Brian Sidoti, student Elena Meyer, Assistant Professor of Biology Brad Oberle, and students Liliana Benitez and Elizabeth White presented their botany research at an international conference in July.

Assistant Professor of Biology Brad Oberle, New College Research Scholar and Selby Research Associate Brian Sidoti, along with New College students Elena Meyer, Liliana Benitez and Elizabeth White, presented their research at the Botany 2018 conference, held in Rochester, Minnesota, in late July.

All three students are alumnae of the Calusa Prize program, a collaboration between Selby Gardens and New College, giving students the opportunity to work with professional staff on plant science, conservation and public outreach and comes with a $25,000 award to students in degree programs at New College.


Located in Sarasota, New College of Florida has educated intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement since its founding in 1960. As the State of Florida’s designated honors college, New College provides an exceptional education that transforms students’ intellectual curiosity into personal accomplishment. The 110-acre campus on Sarasota Bay is home to more than 800 students and 80 full-time faculty engaged in interdisciplinary research and collaborative learning. New College offers nearly 40 areas of concentration for undergraduates and a master’s degree program in Data Science.

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