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

Preparing Leaders and Nurturing Tomorrow’s Scientists
Undergraduate Travel Awards:? Enhancing Diversity at the Botanical
Society of America Conferences
The PLANTS program (Preparing Leaders and Nurturing Tomorrow?s
Scientists: Increasing the diversity of plant scientists) will fund up
to 12 talented and diverse undergraduates to attend the BOTANY 2018
meeting on July 21-25, 2018 in Rochester, Minnesota. Topics range across
all aspects of botany including ecology, conservation, biodiversity,
plant genomics, evolution, plant systematics, ethnobotany, and botanical
education. There are also a number of social functions, specifically
targeted at students for networking and fun. The meetings are a great
way for undergraduates to understand the breadth of botanical research
and education, to meet undergraduate and graduate students with similar
interests, and to network with professionals in their area of interest.
Students will receive mentoring from graduate students, postdocs and
faculty/professionals, and participate in networking events including
the Diversity Luncheon and career-oriented activities.? The program
covers the normal costs of travel, registration, food and lodging at the
meeting. Participants are required to attend the entire meeting,
including several scientific talks per day with a mentor, as well as
certain professional development and networking activities.?? An
overview of the scientific conference is available at:
APPLICATIONS: Applications are due by MARCH 15, 2018 and include
completion of the online form (including a statement of interest, letter
of recommendation, and unofficial transcripts). Applications are welcome
from undergraduates from the US including Puerto Rico (we are unable to
accept applications from international students) who have interest in
plant sciences; the admissions goal is to increase the diversity of
students interested in the plant sciences. The application form is
located online at

Funding is provided by the National Science Foundation and Botanical
Society of America,

CONTACTS: For further inquiries, please contact one of the organizers:
Anna Monfils —
Heather Cacanindin? —