MINORITY UNDERGRADUATE PARTICIPATION GRANTS Apply Now
The Botanical Society of America (BSA) is pleased to announce
a program entitled “Increasing diversity at the annual
Botanical Society of America meeting.” This program
is supported in part by the National Science Foundation’s
Undergraduate Mentoring in Environmental Biology (UMEB)
Program and will provide financial and professional assistance
for 10 minority (African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans,
Native Americans/Alaskan Natives and persons with disabilities)
undergraduate students to attend the annual BSA meeting
each year from 2003-2007.
This Call for Applicants seeks
to identify eligible students to attend the BOTANY 2007
conference, which will be held in Chicago Illinois, July
7-11th . (http://www.2007.botanyconference.org). Applications
will remain open until filled - Apply NOW!
Students will be integrated into professional and social
activities of the conference through a supportive mentoring
network of peers, graduate students
and professors. Funds will be provided for travel, housing, registration,
and for participation in workshops and field trips.
Each student participant will
also receive free student membership in the BSA (http://www.botany.org),
including an electronic subscription to the American
Journal of Botany, for up to seven
years while they continue their undergraduate and graduate education. The
following are several of the many exciting activities
that students will engage in during
• GATHERINGS of all participants and mentors for
orientation, luncheons and simply to plan and share experiences.
• FIELD TRIPS AND WORKSHOPS before the conference
that will be selected based on each student’s interests.
Field trips focus on particular groups of plants or ecosystems
and workshops cover a variety of topics related to research
and teaching strategies.
• SCIENTIFIC SESSIONS – With guidance from
their mentors, student participants will select and attend
presentations of their choice. These include contributed
paper sessions, topical symposia and colloquia, a conference-wide
poster session, and special lectures.
• MIXERS, BANQUETS AND OTHER SOCIAL EVENTS will
enable students to interact in an informal setting with
professionals and students in their discipline(s) of interest.
• PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SESSIONS will be conducted
to explore career and graduate school options. Topics to
be addressed in these interactive sessions will include
getting involved in undergraduate research, resume/Curriculum
Vitae development, and choosing a graduate or professional
SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS - Applications
will remain open until filled
To apply for support to attend BOTANY 2007 from the Minority
Undergraduate Participation Grant Program, interested and
eligible undergraduate students should submit the materials
1) Cover Page: Complete and sign the attached Cover Page.
2) Personal Statement: In a one- to two-page statement,
please describe your a) interest/reasons for wanting to
participate in this program, b) career goals, and c) summary
of any research experiences to date.
3) Two Letters of Recommendation: Letters should be solicited
from faculty members who have knowledge of your academic
performance, research experiences, and/or professional
goals. Recommendation letters should be enclosed individually
in a sealed and signed envelope.
4) Transcript: Enclose an official transcript(s) in your
5) Curriculum Vitae/Resume: Enclose a current Curriculum
Vitae, or Resume, in the packet.
APPLICATIONS WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL FILLED.
UMEB Review Committee
Botanical Society of America
P.O. Box 299
St. Louis, MO 63166-0299
Questions about the Minority Undergraduate Participation
Grants Program should be directed to:
Dr. Karen Renzaglia
Department of Plant Biology
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL 62901-6509
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