Undergraduate support for Botany 2014

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We are pleased to announce the PLANTS program, funded by the National Science Foundation and Botanical Society of America, which is designed to bring talented and diverse undergraduates to the BOTANY 2014 meeting on July 25-30, 2014 in Boise, Idaho.

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 to attend the meeting, receive individual mentoring from graduate students, postdocs and faculty, and participate in networking events including the Diversity Luncheon and career-oriented activities.  Topics range across all levels of botany and include talks on conservation, biodiversity, plant genomics, ecology, evolution, plant systematics, and botanical education. There are also a number of social functions, specifically targeted at students. 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. Now in its fourth year, 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

Application period:  February 1 - deadline March 15, 2014.

Applications are welcome from all undergraduates who have interest in the plant sciences.  Students will be selected so that as a group, they will help to diversify the pool of undergraduates who attend the meetings and are interested in continuing in botanical studies. The application form is located online at http://botany.org/awards_grants/detail/PLANTS.php

For further inquiries, please contact one of the organizers:

Ann Sakai -- ; Ann Hirsch -- ; Heather Cacanindin  --

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