Undergrad Travel Awards Enhancing Diversity

PLANTS Grants to attend the 2015 Botany meetings Applications for the PLANTS program are now open. This program will fund up to 12 US undergrads to attend the Botany 2015 meeting of the Botanical Society of America and affiliated societies July 25 – 29, 2015 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Meeting topics range across all levels of botany, including ecology, conservation, biodiversity, plant genomics, evolution, plant systematics, and botanical education.  Peer mentors and senior mentors work with PLANTS students and attend talks with them, introduce them to colleagues, and generally make the meetings a welcoming place for them. There are also a number of social functions and career-oriented activities, specifically targeted at students for networking and fun. The meetings are a great way to understand the breadth of botanical research and education, to meet undergraduate and graduate students with similar interests, and to network with professionals in your area of interest. The program covers the normal costs of travel, registration, and food and accommodation at the meeting. An overview of the scientific conference will be available at www.botanyconference.org

APPLICATIONS DUE BY MARCH 1, 2015: Applications ( http://www.botany.org/Awards/F_PLANTS.php ) are open and due by March 1, 2015 and include your statement of interest, a letter of recommendation, and unofficial transcripts. Applications are welcome from all undergraduates who have interest in plant science; the admissions goal is to create a diverse pool of students attending the meetings. For questions, please contact the organizers Heather Cacanindin (HCacanindin@Botany.org) , Ann Sakai (aksakai@uci.edu), or Ann Hirsch (ahirsch@ucla.edu).