Taxonomy of Flowering Plants
Golden Gourd Awards
Spring Semester - 1995

Two winners of this 'top gun' award for outstanding student performance in BOTN 201 were recognized at this semester's gala Golden Gourd Awards ceremony. Selection was very difficult in that 23 students of the Spring '95 cohort scored 810 or above in the 'A' range. However, since Golden Gourds go only to the best of the best, the two winners hold BOTN 201 performance records that are unique and essentially impossible to break.

Patti GilbertPatti Gilbert, a senior Biology major (unable to attend the ceremony), achieved a perfect score of 900. Dr. Wilson, after consulting the BOTN 201 archives, indicates that this is a unique event. The archival data, which documents performance of ca. 3600 BOTN 201 students (since 1977) reveals that this is the first instance of a perfect 900 score. Patti, graduating this Spring, will be pursuing graduate study in medicine at Southwestern.

Dan SmithDan Smith, a senior Biology major produced correct responses for all (167) questions in all lecture exams. This is also a unique result (Patti Gilbert missed a single exam question, but garnered extra points from the lab practicals). Dan, also graduating this Spring, is heading for graduate work at Baylor College of Medicine.

Gourds used for this prestigious award were provided by Lagenaria siceraria (Cucurbitaceae) plants grown by Dr. Wilson during the 1994 growing season. These particular plants represent a cultivar that is not available through commercial outlets. Known as 'Apache Dipper', seed was originally obtained from a BOTN 620 student that acquired them through a 'seed saver' exchange.


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