This graduate student travel fund established by the generous gift from past president J. Artie Browning and his wife, Arra, is established specifically to assist graduate students majoring in the Doctor of Plant Medicine or the Doctor of Plant Health to attend and participate in a professional meeting or conference appropriate to their interests. This travel fund will allow students to participate in other professional society meetings such as the Entomological Society of America, the Crop Science Society of America, the Agronomy Society of America, Weed Science Society of America, or an APS meeting. Additionally, there is no restriction as to where the meeting or conference is held, domestically or international.
Status: The 2015 application process is now open.Deadline: Applications must be submitted by October 31, 2014 Award Amount: $500Notification: Applicants will be notified in Novmeber 2014 of the award results.
This APS Foundation travel award is limited to full-time graduate students in good standing enrolled in a program leading to the Doctor of Plant Medicine (DPM) or Doctor of Plant Health (DPH). The student must have completed one full year of studies and at least one internship prior to application. Award recipients will be selected on a competitive basis by an external committee. Travel grants will be awarded for the purpose of assisting students to attend and participate in a professional meeting or conference appropriate to their interest. There is no restriction as to where the meeting or conference takes place (i.e., U.S. or international). Students who have received another APS Foundation Travel Award are not eligible to apply for this award during the same calendar year in which they received the other award. Travel may be at any time within a 12-month period. Recipients will be selected competitively by an external committee, separate from the existing APS Foundation graduate student travel awards committee.
The application will consist of a narrative statement of no more than 1,000 words describing the student’s academic interests and career goals, current academic status (courses taken, internships completed), grade point average (GPA), and professional, leadership and service activities. Descriptions of innovative projects, internships and/or research that the student has conducted or participated in are also encouraged. The applicant should state what meeting he or she wishes to attend, including the location and dates, and state how participation will lead toward achievement of professional goals. A confidential letter of recommendation from the student’s graduate advisor or program director must be submitted approving the proposed conference and validating the student’s academic status and GPA. While contributed presentations at the meeting are not a requirement for the award, when the applicant intends to make an oral or poster presentation, an abstract of the presentation also should be submitted. Within a month of attending the conference the awardee will be required to submit a brief (one- to two-page) summary describing the experience and the benefit (s) received to their program and career to the APS Foundation chair.
Applicants must submit as one PDF file:
Send via email one PDF file (the file name must include the name of the applicant) including the completed application, narrative statement, and abstract (if applicable) materials to Dr. William Dolezal via e-mail at (email@example.com) by Friday, October 31, 2014. PDF with letter of recommendation should be emailed to same address directly by faculty member and must also be received by October 31, 2014.
Applicants will be notified in November 2014 as to whether or not they received the award.
Contact Dr. William Dolezal at (515) 535-5986 or firstname.lastname@example.org