Undergraduate Travel Awards: Enhancing Diversity at the Botanical Society of America Conferences

We are pleased to announce the PLANTS program funded by the National
Science Foundation and Botanical Society of America to bring talented
and diverse undergraduates to the BOTANY 2016 meeting on July 29 – Aug
3, 2016 in Savannah, Georgia.

Why PLANTS? The PLANTS program (Preparing Leaders and Nurturing
Tomorrow’s Scientists: Increasing the diversity of plant scientists)
will fund up to 12 undergraduates from throughout the US and Puerto Rico
to attend the meeting, receive mentoring from graduate students,
postdocs and faculty, attend scientific sessions, and participate in
networking events including the Diversity Luncheon and career-oriented
activities. The program covers the normal costs of travel,
registration, and food and accommodation at the meeting. An overview of
the scientific conference is available at: www.botanyconference.org

Why BOTANY 2016? The annual Botany Conference is a meeting of several
scientific societies serving over 7,000 plant scientists and students
whose research and practice span the globe. The conference encompasses
the diverse scope of botanical study, including areas such as
systematics, ecology, evolution, physiology, genetics, development,
paleobotany, and economic botany. Workshops cover topics as diverse as
genomics, conservation assessments, teaching science, applying to grad
school, and unconventional science and technology careers.

APPLICATIONS: Applications are accepted through MARCH 15, 2016 at
Applications include completion of the online form providing your
statement of interest, a letter of recommendation, and unofficial
transcripts. Applications are welcome from all undergraduates who have
an interest in the plant sciences; the admissions goal is to create a
diverse pool of students. The application form is located online at
http://www.botany.org/Awards/F_PLANTS.php. We encourage you to review
the online form thoroughly before filling it out. Please have letters of
recommendation and unofficial transcripts sent directly to Heather
Cacanindin at [email protected] Students must be able to attend
the entire Botanical Society of America meetings in Savannah, July 30-
Aug 3, 2016.

Applicants must be domestic undergraduate students registered or very
recently graduated (i.e., within the last 12 months). Students
demonstrating a need for funds to attend BSA will be given preference,
and will be selected so that as a group, they will help to diversify the
pool of undergraduates attending the meetings.
More information is available from Ann Sakai ([email protected]), Anna
Monfils ([email protected]), or Heather Cacanindin
([email protected]).