MONTICELLO, AR — 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 third place poster award at the 2016 Southern Hardwoods Research Group meeting held recently in Stoneville, Miss. The poster was titled “Response of Standard Eastern Cottonwood and Novel Black Willow Clones to Artificial Lighting” and was one of 12 entered in the competition by graduate students from UAM, the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and Mississippi State University. The award is Hoffman’s third since enrolling in the graduate program at UAM. He was recognized for the outstanding graduate student paper award at the 18th Biennial Southern Silviculture Research Conference last March and won the second place student poster award at the 2015 Society of American Foresters National Convention in November. Hoffman 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.