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ASPB Minority Affairs Committee 2018 Recognition Travel Award


With additional support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), ASPB's Minority Affairs Committee is offering a limited number of Recognition Travel Awards for students, postdocs, and faculty who are themselves members of groups underrepresented in the US scientific workforce and/or who are directly supporting the education and professional development of students in such groups.

Recognition Travel Awards provide "full ride" fellowships to attend ASPB's annual meeting, which will be held this year in Montreal, Canada from July 14-18, 2018. The award includes coverage of travel to and accommodations in Montreal, Canada, registration for Plant Biology 2018, a per diem allowance, and membership in ASPB through 2019. Applicants do not have to submit a research abstract to be considered for this award; however, successful applicants with pertinent research are strongly encouraged to present that research during Plant Biology 2018.

The goals of the program are to increase diversity among the annual meeting attendees and to provide access to the science and networking opportunities available at a major society meeting to those that might not otherwise have been able to attend. Undergraduate students are strongly encouraged to apply, as are graduate students, postdocs, and faculty. ASPB membership is not a requirement to apply.

Student/Postdoc Requirements:

  1. Be a member of a US federally designated underrepresented minority group
  2. Attend a US high school or US accredited institution of higher education
  3. Individuals must be a US citizen or permanent resident
  4. Upload a current resume or CV (no more than two pages)
  5. Submit a one-page statement identifying the potential benefits of attending Plant Biology 2018 to their planned research career and explaining whether or not they think that diversity is important in science, why or why not, and the ways that they will add to that diversity
  6. Arrange to have their faculty advisor or supervisor upload a Letter of Recommendation and support via a custom link emailed to the letter writer once the application is finalized, or have them email it to Sylvia Lee
  7. Arrange to have their Department Head/Chair or Dean upload a Letter of Recommendation and support via a custom link emailed to the letter writer once the application is finalized, or have them email it to Sylvia Lee
  8. Ensure recommendation letters have been sent, complete Recognition Travel Award Application Form and submit with additional files online by Wednesday, January 31, 2018 (11:59 p.m. ET)

Note: Two letters of recommendation of support are required for students. The system will automatically send a request for a letter only once the applicant selects finalize on the application.

Faculty Requirements:

  1. Be a member of a US federally designated underrepresented minority group OR
  2. Be employed at a US minority serving institution
  3. Individuals must be a US citizen or permanent resident
  4. Upload a current resume or CV (no more than two pages)
  5. Include a one-page statement identifying the potential benefits of attending Plant Biology 2018 to their research/teaching career and explaining whether they think that diversity is important in science, why or why not, and the ways that they plan to add to that diversity
  6. Arrange to have their Department Head/Chair or Dean upload a Letter of Recommendation via a custom link emailed to the letter writer once the application is finalized, or have them email it to Sylvia Lee
  7. Ensure recommendation letters have been sent, complete Recognition Travel Award Application Form and submit with additional files online by Wednesday, January 31, 2018 (11:59 p.m. ET)

Note: One letter of recommendation of support is required for faculty. The system will automatically send a request for a letter only once the applicant selects finalize on the application.

The application process opens Monday, October 9, 2017. All applications must be submitted electronically by Wednesday, January 31, 2018 (11:59 p.m. ET). Applicants will be notified of the MAC's decision by March, 2018.

Please Note: Should unforeseen events prevent an awardee from attending the meeting, the awardee must notify Sylvia Lee immediately and return the award so that another applicant can use the award to attend the meeting.

For assistance with the Recognition Travel Awards, please contact:

Sylvia Lee
American Society of Plant Biologists
Executive and Governance Affairs Administrator
15501 Monona Drive
Rockville, MD 20855
Email: slee@aspb.org
Phone: 301-296-0898
Fax: 301-279-2996