The APS Office of Private Sector Relations (OPSR), with support from APS Foundation, sponsors the experiential awards to promote career and research development experience with organizations outside of academia. The awards were created with seed funding from the Don and Judy Mathre Education Endowment and through the support of private sector companies.
Individual graduate students and post-docs are invited to apply in this award cycle for funding in support of a short-term experience with a government or private institution outside of academia. The purpose of this award is to support professional development to learn about career opportunities and/or gain technical expertise in support of current research endeavors. One award of $500 is available this award cycle to subsidize travel to the host institution.
Plant pathology departments will be able to apply for funding in support of an on-site visit to one or multiple non-academic organizations during the 2017 award cycle. The purpose of this award is to enhance the awareness of business operations and potential career opportunities in institutions outside of academia. One award of $500 will be available in the 2017 award cycle to subsidize travel to the host institution(s). This award may contribute toward participation in the OPSR Private and Public Sectors Plant Pathology Tour.
Applications must include: 1) a one-page essay describing the objectives, approximate dates, and expected outcomes of the experience; 2) current CV of the applicant; 3) acknowledgement from the company or organization of the willingness to serve as host; and 4) approval of the advisor of the student or post-doctorate for the short-term visit to the host institution or company.
Applications must include: 1) a letter describing the institution or company to be visited, approximate dates of the visit, estimated number of students/faculty/post-doctoral scientists/technical staff that might participate in the visit, and how the experience will add value to the department; 2) a letter of approval from the head or chair of the university department for the visit; and 3) acknowledgement from the host organization of willingness to accommodate a visit from that university department.
All of the above required materials must be included in one PDF document and submitted through the Award Application Form before the deadline above. Letters of recommendation may be submitted separately by the letter writer using the Letter of Recommendation Form.
Please forward questions about the requirements or application process to award contact: Courtney Gallup, email@example.com.
Individual and department winners will be chosen by a selection committee chaired by William Dolezal and Gary Bergstrom and comprised of members of the APS Office of Private Sector Relations and the APS Foundation.
2015 Plant Pathology Experiential Award - DepartmentJosielle S. Rezende (Team Leader) and the PPCP GSA, Louisiana State University
2015 Plant Pathology Experiential Award - IndividualJade Florence, Oregon State University
Two experiential awards were established in 2014 through the support of private sector companies and with seed funding from the Mathre Education Endowment for the purpose of promoting career and research development experiences outside of academia for current graduate students and post-doctorates. One award of $500 will be given on an annual basis to an individual graduate student or post-doctorate for funding in support of a short-term experience with a government or private organization to subsidize travel to the host organization. The purpose of this award is to support professional development to learn about career opportunities and/or gain technical expertise in support of current research endeavors. The second award of $1,000 will be given every two years to departments for funding in support of an on-site visit to one or multiple non-academic organizations to subsidize travel. Recipients are selected by a review committee that will evaluate applications based on merit of individual applicants as well as the quality and expected outcome of the proposed experience.
DEADLINE: Thursday, February 16, 11:59 PM CST
AWARD: $500 (Individual), $500 (Department)
NOTIFICATIONS: March 2017
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