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Rooting Students in their Botanical History

September 1, 2020 - August 31, 2023

The Hollister Herbarium at Tennessee Tech University will implement “Rooting Students in their Botanical History” — an educational module targeted for 11th and 12th grade biology students. The module will address “plant blindness,” a phenomenon defined as the failure to notice or appreciate plants. The herbarium will collaborate with three Tennessee high school biology teachers, a videographer, and a graduate research assistant to increase knowledge, awareness, and appreciation of plants over the three-year project. Students also will get to know herbarium specimens as an essential resource for information about the natural world.


Funding Program: Museums for America
Award Number: MA-245379-OMS-20
Funding Amount: $173,289


  • Shawn Zeringue-Krosnick
    Principal Investigator
    Tennessee Technological University
  • Discipline: Ecology, forestry, and agriculture | Life science
    Audience: Youth/Teen (up to 17) | Undergraduate/Graduate Students | Educators/Teachers | Museum/ISE Professionals
    Environment Type: Public Programs | Park, Outdoor, and Garden Programs | Informal/Formal Connections | K-12 Programs

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