Ray Watson recently received the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship which provided full funding for three years. This will enable Ray to pursue his research without constraints of teaching. His plans include an extensive trip collecting wild Swampelder plants in the southern United States to study how the size of the seeds of this Native American crop differ across its range. Further, the GRFP will allow Ray to collaborate with researchers at the University of Copenhagen and may ultimately fund time for him to work at the Center for Geogenetics on sequencing ancient DNA. Ray also completed his qualifying exams in this year and is looking forward to devoting a majority of his time to research.