I. E. Melhus Graduate Student Symposium
Status: 2015 application process will open November 1, 2014.Deadline: Applications must be submitted, per instructions below, by January 16, 2015.Award Amount: Awards of $500 each will be presented to the selected presenters.Notification: Applicants will be notified by February 27, 2015, of the award results.
The APS Crop Loss and Risk Evaluation (CLARE) Committee, in conjunction with financial support from the APS Foundation, is sponsoring the 15th I. E. Melhus Graduate Student Symposium, which will take place during the 2015 APS Annual Meeting in Pasadena, CA. The symposium, “From Local to Global: New Developments in Disease Risk Prediction and Crop Loss Assessment," will feature four to five graduate student presentations highlighting research that leads to improved global food security based on disease risk prediction and crop loss assessment, plant disease epidemiology, pathogen biology and disease management strategies. Invited speakers will receive a financial award of $500, to be applied toward the cost of travel.
All APS student members with thesis research projects related to crop loss, crop loss mitigation, risk evaluation, population biology and plant disease epidemiology 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): development of new models and methods to assess disease risk, plant disease epidemiology including quantification of the impacts of plant disease epidemics on yield and quality, methods for management of disease including host resistance, pathogen population genetics, the development of novel strategies to limit the threat of endemic and exotic plant pathogens, and research aimed at mitigating the effects of global climate change on plant health. Student presentations will be 30 minutes. Participants will be selected competitively, based on research significance and potential impact in the field of disease risk prediction, crop loss assessment and related areas of research.
Applications and letters of recommendation should be submitted to Clive H. Bock, via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or via snail mail (USDA-ARS, 21 Dunbar Rd., Byron, GA 31008, USA ). If sending materials via email, please contact Dr. Bock if your application is not acknowledged within 14 days. Applications must contain:
1) A written description of the research project, stating the goals, methodology, results, and significance of the applicant’s thesis research. Applications should not exceed five single-spaced pages (excluding tables and figures).
2) Two letters of nomination, one of which must be submitted by the applicant’s major professor. Letters of nomination must include evaluations of the applicant’s research and ability to present the research in a clear and effective manner.
3) Invited speakers will receive a financial award of $500, to be applied toward the cost of travel. This award is funded by the APS Foundation and the I. E. Melhus Graduate Student Symposium Fund.
Contact Clive H. Bock, via email at email@example.com