Alex Hoffman of Chanhassen, Minn., a graduate student in the School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, won the second place poster award at the 2015 Society of American Foresters National Convention held recently in Baton Rouge, La. The poster, titled “Canopy Gaps Effects on Seedling Growth of Three Hardwood Species of Southeastern Arkansas,” examined the effects of harvest-created canopy gaps on corresponding seedling growth. There were 125 posters entered in the competition with awards presented to the top three student posters. Hoffman, who earlier this year received the outstanding graduate student paper award at the Southern Biennial Silviculture Conference in Nashville, Tenn., is a graduate of Augustana University in Sioux Falls, S.D., with a bachelor’s degree in biology. At UAM, he is pursuing a master’s degree in forestry with a specialization in plant physiology.