I. E. Melhus Graduate Student Symposium
Status: 2013 application process is now CLOSED.Deadline: Applications must be submitted, per instructions below, by January 18, 2013.Award Amount: Four travel awards of at least $500 each will be presented to the selected presenters.Notification: Applicants will be notified by March 1, 2013, of the award results.
The APS Crop Loss and Risk Evaluation (CARE) Committee, in conjunction with financial support from the APS Foundation, is sponsoring the 13th I. E. Melhus Graduate Student Symposium, which will take place during the 2013 APS Annual Meeting. The symposium, entitled “What's in Our Toolbox to Minimize the Risk of Plant Disease?" will feature four graduate student presentations, with travel awards for each presenter of at least $500. Presentations will highlight research that leads to minimizing crop losses.
Applications will be sought on topics addressing any strategies that can contribute to minimizing plant disease, as noted above. The overall goal for this symposium is to bring together new ideas by up-and-coming scientists and hear their approaches and thoughts about plant disease risk.
All APS student members with thesis research projects related to crop loss and disease management are encouraged to submit applications. To attract the best pool of applications from all APS student members (and potential student members), we are defining eligible research topics in the broadest possible sense. Topics may include (but are not limited to): basic and applied research on crop losses; development or improvement of disease management systems for minimizing losses; chemical, biological, and cultural approaches, including the use of resistance, for minimizing crop losses due to disease; and disease forecasting and advisory systems. Student presentations will be 30 minutes. Participants will be selected competitively, based on research significance and potential impact in the field of host plant resistance and disease management.
Applications and letters of recommendation should be submitted to K. L. Bowen via e-mail (BOWENKL@auburn.edu) or via snail mail (209 Rouse Life Sci. Bldg., Plant Pathology, Auburn University, AL 36849). If sending materials via e-mail, please contact Bowen if your application is not acknowledged within seven days. Applicants must be currently enrolled as a graduate student or have completed their graduate program within 12 months of the 2013 APS Annual Meeting. Applicants must also be members of APS at the time of the 2013 APS Annual Meeting in Austin, TX.
Speakers will be chosen by an ad hoc selection committee chaired by K. L. Bowen (Immediate Past Chair, CARE Committee). The selection committee is comprised of members of the APS CARE Committee and one external reviewer who is selected by the APS Foundation. The deadline for applications is Friday, January 18, 2013.
Contact K. L. Bowen (Dr. B) at +1.334.844.1953 or via e-mail at BOWENKL@auburn.edu.
Irving E. Melhus, a plant disease epidemiologist, was a renowned teacher, innovative researcher, and outstanding administrator at Iowa State College. Melhus served as president of APS in 1926 and was elected a Fellow of APS in 1965.