PUI Travel Grants for Plant Biology 2019

Many of you likely received the email last week from ASPB announcing the opening of applications for travel grants for PUI faculty to attend Plant Biology 2019, in San Jose, CA, August 3-7. For those who did not (or those who could use a reminder), I am posting the text of the email below.

In an effort to boost research engagement at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUIs) for current and prospective faculty, ASPB is offering a PUI workshop on the morning of August 3rd, 2019, just prior to start of the annual meeting (PB2019) in San Jose, CA. The workshop theme is “from project planning to publication,” and will focus on designing undergraduate research projects with a goal of successful publication and on navigating the writing and publishing process. The proposed schedule for the workshop includes breakfast, a discussion with a panel composed of journal editors, presentations by current PUI faculty, and small and large-group discussions. The workshop is designed for current PUI faculty, grad students or a post-docs considering pursuing a faculty position at a PUI, and other individuals interested in undergraduate student research mentoring.

In order to promote participation in this workshop and attendance at PB2019 the PUI section is applying for funding from the National Science Foundation for travel awards for PUI faculty to help defray some costs of travel. Individuals are invited to apply for one of these awards by completing the following application. We plan to offer both “standard” travel awards ($750), as well as a small number of “enhanced” travel awards ($2,000) to individuals for whom the larger grant is critical for their attendance.

While we do not yet have a funding decision from the NSF, we are accepting applications now so that, in the event the grant is funded, award decisions can be made quickly and awardees informed in time to make plans for travel to the conference. Deadline for submission of the application is Monday, January 7th 2019. Award decisions will be made by February 1st (to have your work considered for presentation during a concurrent symposium at Plant Biology 2019, you must submit your abstract through the regular meeting abstract system by March 7, 2019). Should our grant application be denied, we will inform all applicants as soon as possible.

The link for the application is https://aspb-pui.secure-platform.com/a

If you have any questions, please contact me (Derek Gingerich) at gingerdj@uwec.edu

On behalf of the PUI section and the PUI workshop organizing committee:

Maryann Herman, Associate Professor of Biology, St. John Fisher College.

Derek Gingerich, Associate Professor of Biology, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Grace Miller, Dean of the School of Natural and Applied Sciences, Taylor University

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